'Modules' is a Canvas term for a folder or container in which you can place course materials. While Canvas calls these folders Modules, you can call them whatever works for your course. For instance, if your syllabus covers Weeks, you can name modules Week 1; Week 2; etc. If your course is structured around a text, you can label them 'Chapters'
You can add course elements into each 'Module' so it is clear what students must complete for each segment of the course. For example, in Week 3, you can link to a reading assignment, one of your recorded lectures, an assignment, an online discussion, a quiz or YouTube video based on the structure of your syllabus. You can select the options that students complete previous item(s) before proceeding to the next or 'lock' a section until a certain date.
Once you've built the Modules, you can link the images on the course home page to them so students have one-click access to the course material.
Pages store content and educational resources that are part of a course or group but don’t necessarily belong in an assignment. Pages can include text, video, and links to files and other course or group content. Pages can also be linked to other pages. Canvas keeps the entire history of the page to account for changes over time.
Pages are powerful! Pages give instructors control over the organization and creation of content. Each page can be edited using Text Editor adding bolding, text font/colors. Add links in and outside of the course site, files as well as textual and multimedia content all within the same “space”.
Pages will personalize and make the course engaging for your students. Pages can be added to a Module and a Module can be linked in a Page.
A way to think about pages is that they are the Canvas version of a Word Document.