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3. Configure the modules

Now that you have created and configured some collections to your course the next steps are

  1. Allocate modules their collections?
  2. Provide additional data about the modules?

Canvas Collections provides a Module configuration area for each module. This is how you configure how individual modules work with Collections.

For more on module configuration

See the reference page on the module configuration area.

Three steps to configure modules

There are three typical steps in using the Module configuration area. These are illustrated below.

Step Description
1. Find the module configuration area

Where do you find it? What can it do?

2. Allocate a module to a collection

How to modify a module so it belongs (is allocated) to a particular collection.

3. Add more metadata to a module

Start transforming a vanilla Canvas module into a design specific object by adding a description, label, banner and other metadata.

1. Find the module configuration element

Collections will add to each Canvas module (just under the module title) a module configuration element. This is how you configure each module.

The following animated image illustrates how to find it and what it looks like. The following steps will show more, but there's more information in Collections 101 and the Reference area

Finding the module configuration areas

2. Allocate the module to a collection

Use the Collections drop down in the General tab of a module configuration area to allocate a module to a collection. If you allocate a module to a collections that isn't currently be displayed, the module will disappear once allocated. It will be visible under its new collection. You can change a module's allocated collection at any time.

Allocating modules to another collection

3. Add more metadata to a module

Initially, how Collections represents a module will be quite "bare" due to the absence of metadata. As you add more metadata, the representation will be updated. Representing the transformation from a vanilla module to an object.

How metadata is displayed depends on the representation

Different representations can use the same metadata in different ways.

For example, Collections Only representation ignores it. Some metadata is designed specifically for the Cards representation.

The following animated image illustrates some examples of this transformation. The Objects section in Reference provides more detail on the metadata you can add and its effect on the representation.

Adding metadata to modules