The majority of Canvas courses will be organized in Modules, and some of them might have requirements and prerequisites. This page describes how to navigate modules, identify and complete requirements, and unlock modules with prerequisites.
Modules are the heart of most Canvas courses. In Modules, instructors generally display the majority, if not all, of the course content. When the Modules Index Page is not the course's homepage, you can access it by clicking Modules in the Course Navigation Menu. The Modules Index Page is typically organized chronologically by week, with the earlier modules located at the top and the latest modules located at the bottom of the page.
The Modules Index Page could get really long in courses with a lot of content. To navigate this page easily, click Collapse All in the global settings and click on the module you want to open.
A module is a section of the course, similar to a book chapter. Within each module, you will find different content types: Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, links, etc. You can identify the different content types in a Module by the icon to the left of the content's title.
The accepted module's content and its respective icons, when applicable, are the following:
- designates a Page. Pages can include textual or multimedia content.
- Headers: textual information that is displayed in the module. Usually used to create sections to organize content within a module.
- designates a File that can be downloaded.
- designates a Link to either an external URL or an external tool (e.g. Eli Review).
- designates an Assignment.
- designates a Quiz.
- designates a Discussion.
Some Canvas courses might include Modules with requirements to be fulfilled in order to complete a Module. In those cases, a label will be displayed in the Module's header indicating that there is a requirement in place.
To learn what items in the module are part of the requirement, look for a gray circle to the right of each content.
The type of requirement will be displayed under the content's title.
There are 5 types of requirements available:
- View the item. You must click and open the item to complete the requirement.
- Mark as done. You must click the "Mark as done" button located in the bottom right corner of the page to complete the requirement.
- Contribute. You must post a reply to a Discussion or contribute content to a Page to complete the requirements.
- Submit. You must submit an assignment, graded discussion, quiz, or survey to complete the requirement.
- Score at least. You must meet a minimum submission score to complete the requirement.
After you complete the requirement, the gray circle will disappear and a checkmark will be displayed.
Some instructors might want you to complete the requirements in sequential order. In these cases, some items will be locked until you complete the requirement(s) of the item(s) above. Once you complete those requirements, the following item will be unlocked.
When there are incomplete requirements in a Module, a red will display at the far right of the module's header.
Once you complete all the requirements in a module, the Module's header will display a checkmark.
Some modules might have Prerequisites. Modules with prerequisites will be locked until the requirements from a previous module are completed. You will identify modules with prerequisites because their content will be locked, and the module's header will display a label with the prerequisite and a in the far right.
To unlock the content of the module with prerequisites, identify the module referred to in the prerequisite label and complete its requirements. The module that needs to be completed will always be a module that precedes the module with prerequisites. For example, in the image above, to unlock the content from Module 1, the student needs to complete the requirements from Module 0.
Once you complete the requirements from the indicated module, the module with the prerequisite will unlock and you will be able to access its content.