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Nicole
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Hi All,

This may be a silly question, however, I am going to ask. Week 9 is spring break. I have course content in week 9 for all shells. I am trying to figure out the easiest way to move week 9 material. The only thing I can think of is I create a new module titled Module 9 Spring Break and change module 9 to module 10 and renumber all remaining modules. This is busy work I don't need. Any other options? 

BTW I am not interested in removing dates at all. I know some folks do not number their weekly modules for this reason. I live and die by the calendar. I need to see dates to know where I am in the semester. 

Thank you,

Nicole

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Hi Nicole —

Instead of calling your modules “Week X” can you call them “Module X?” That’s what I would do to keep track of where I am in the semester without aligning the module to a specific week. This is especially relevant if you were to have an accelerated term (e.g., 6 weeks, 9 weeks): you would not need to rename your modules but would still have a 17/18 week equivalency with your module numbering system.

Hope this helps!

Deanna

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Aaron Garner
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Nicole,

I've gone back and forth on this myself.  I'm like you, I have dates for each week number.  My Week 9 is labeled, "Week Number Nine - March 15 - 21."

I know the week after spring break is really 10 if you count from the beginning, but I don't consider it a school week.  I don't have a module, header or any kind of placeholder for spring break.  The students all know when it is.  I do send out a message saying, have a nice break or something similar just to remind them.  When they come back they are doing the "actual" 9th week of the semester.

Since I take the 10 minutes or less to write the dates in each module header every semester, I never have students asking where they are supposed to be and I never lose track either.

Aaron

Edit:  In some of my classes I don't publish the new module until a day before the new week starts which is another option for down the road.  I do this is for classes where I might change the pace of the course depending on how the students are doing.  Some of my classes don't work if I lock in a set itinerary.

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Vivie Sinou
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Hi, Nicole:

I did exactly what Deanna suggests when I taught. I used Unit x or Module x, and I let the learning management system handle the dates automatically (available until/open/close), so that I didn't have to update fields every term. But Etudes allowed open and close dates in Modules. Canvas doesn't. 🙁

And, if you want students to see the dates for the week (great for time management - I totally agree with that), I don't see a way around your having to edit all the Module titles for the rest of the term. 

Sorry, I can't think of anything very helpful here....

--Vivie

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Nicole
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Hi All,

I appreciate your responses. I label the way Aaron does "Module 7, Coursework for Week 7, February 22 - 28th". I like these headings. I can easily see where I am at any given time. I never get questions from students about where to find something we are covering and/or have already covered, etc. I guess I will have to renumber all modules.

Canvas needs to make the system easier for faculty. 

Thanks everyone,

Nicole

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...  I label the way Aaron does "Module 7, Coursework for Week 7, February 22 - 28th". I like these headings. I can easily see where I am at any given time. ...

Hi Nicole,

Based on your preferred naming convention, have you ever considered using TEXT HEADERS at top of module? (Use the PLUS button to add to a module.)

  • The name of your module would never have to change: Module 7
  • The text header would say: Coursework for Week 7, February 22–28th.

I used text headers all the time to communicate information to students and to keep myself organized:

Canvas Module Headers

Just an idea. ?

Deanna

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Aaron Garner
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Deanna,

That is exactly how I do it, but the text headers are created automatically when you add a module.  Of course you can add another one for further organization.  For my Music Appreciation class nothing really changes except the dates in the header and that takes me less than 10 minutes each semester.

Aaron

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Nicole
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Hi!

I appreciate the feedback here. I do use text headers.

Here is my update:

I refuse to create more work for myself. I created a Spring Break module and said we would resume class on Monday March 15th with Week 9 of course instruction. 

Problem solved. Thanks again everyone.

Nicole

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