• Select Modules from course navigation
  • Click on +Module, name the module. Do not want students to see/access until particular date? Select lock until
  • Click Add Module


Continue creating additional modules “placeholders”

Note: after you have created multiple modules, excluding the very first module, you will see the option +Add prerequisites. This option allows you to select previous modules that must be completed before current module is accessible

To add items to your module, click the + icon or drag and drop to add files to an empty module.


Items that can be added

Note: Selecting “Add New” for any of the options still require that you complete options such as points, instructions, etc. from the respective section. Suggest create them in first - than add to module. 


Select the Assignment name you want to associate with this module


Select the Quiz name you want to associate with this module


Select the Page name


Select the file name you want to add - or - upload a file by selecting New File and browse for local file


Select the Discussion

External URL

Enter the URL and page name to add a link to any website URL 

External Tool

Select a tool from the list to add a link to it to this module. 

Selecting Add Item places the link to the respective item in that Module. Students can then select the assignment, quiz, file, URL directly from Modules and maintain a linear flow through course 

Using Multi-Tools allows for the creation of multiple module placeholders instead of creating individual module by module. The Due Date Modifier allows for the editing of due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes all in one area. Watch this brief tutorial, building courses with help of Multi-Tool for a quick overview of the tool.


  • Open Canvas course. From course navigation, select Multi-Tool to open

What if I don’t see it?

    • Go to Settings, Navigation. Locate Multi-Tool
    • Drag up to display in the course navigation area or click 3-dots to enable. Make sure to click Save


Course Multi-Tool Page

Select Templates under Current Tools to begin creating multiple module placeholders

  • Under Templates, Page Title type in a name convention (e.g., Modules, Weeks, Chapters)
  • Click +Create Template Page
  • Once created, you will see the new page listed under Existing Templates, click the [Template] page created to open in Edit mode on a new page. In edit mode you will continue process using Design Tools


Adding Institutional Template Page

  • Select Design Tools (rocket)
  • Select Create/Edit Content, Copy Existing Content
  • Under the Institution Template Pages, click the down arrow and select Tab Page or Accordion (tab) Page.

Do NOT edit or fill out anything at this point UNLESS you don’t want certain panels within the template. You can delete unneeded sections (e.g., if you will not have any recordings you can delete the Lectures area by:

  • Click inside the template’s label panel
  • Select Add Advanced Elements, Accordions | Tabs from Design Tools.
  • Click on the red X to the right of the panel name to delete. Close Design Tools

Make sure to click Save when done. Close the module page to return to Multi-Tool to continue!

Module Builder

  • Select Module Builder
  • From New Module Pattern click the down arrow next to Module Prefix and select the naming convention desired, e.g. Chapters, Modules, Units, etc.
  • Select the # of Modules to be created/added
  • From the left select the type of items that will be in the module(s)
  • Click Generate Module List – now see listing of the modules to be added
  • Click on Add Modules to course
    (do not close page until completed!)


DONE - Selecting Modules from course navigation displays the individual module created and ready for you to add/modify your content

Publish Modules

To publish the Module click the grey circle with slash through it; no symbol, it will turn to a green circle with check mark indicating it is now published and visible to students.

When publishing a module with unpublished content underneath, think of the top most layer as the parent and everything underneath as the child. When the parent layer is published everything below will be published as well. Note, if you do not see the content underneath published right away - navigate away from the Modules page and then return it will show published then.