How to: Structure your content in Canvas


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What are the options for structuring content in Canvas?

In Canvas, content can be organised using files, pages or modules, or a combination of these.


  • You can upload files to various places in your site (e.g. Discussions, Assignments, Pages, Quizzes, Files) and everything gets stored in the course Files tool.
  • Pages allow you to create a single page of content which can include a variety of media types as well as links to files and other sections of the course, or can be configured to act as a collaborative, wiki-style space for coauthoring material. Pages can be gathered together into Modules to present a sequence of related content.
  • Modules allow you to build pages, files and other Canvas tools such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments into a single cohesive learning journey using modules. You can arrange your site by weeks, units, chapters, topics or whatever organisational device makes sense for your content and your students.
  • RMIT has a number of course templates available for download from the Canvas Commons to assist you with your course structure.
How do I upload a file to my course?

More help with Files [Canvas Community resources]

How do I create a page?

More help with Pages [Canvas Community resources]

How do I create a module?

More help with Modules [Canvas community documentation]

How do I lock a module until a set date?

Usage Examples

Here a few example Canvas layouts, contributed by the Canvas community.

US History 2 – Modules

Ancient Civilisations of the World – Modules and Microsoft 365 ad Google Drive integrations

Intro to Geology – Modules in flipped classroom mode

Human Genetics – Files



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