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John Little
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Suppose I want to construct my course to consist of 4 units of three or four chapters each. How do I do that? I thought I could use Modules, but apparently not. Each unit would have 1-2 labs, 3-4 exercises, a quiz or two, and a unit exam. (I teach Chem 3A, so labs matter.)

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 8:59 am
Robert Rennicks
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Hi, John,

DO use Modules--that's exactly what you should use.  Each Module would contain what you want.

The "TRICK" here is thinking about HOW LONG each activity should take.  That is, how OFTEN would you start a new Module?  How much time for the exercises/practices?  How long for the Labs?

In your face-to-face class, do you cover one unit in a week?  Or does your unit spread over multiple weeks?

If you want to present your class in WEEKLY chunks, then have each module cover what you want them to accomplish in that Week.  So you might have a Module that contains exactly what you listed...

Or you MIGHT want to break up each Unit into multiple Modules--where (for example) each Module would ask a student to complete TWO Exercises and ONE Lab (per Module).  Then at the end of the Modules for the Unit, you would place your EXAM.

Think about it from your STUDENTS' point of view--and be CONSISTENT, so that you don't confuse them.

Hope that gets you thinking...

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Posted : April 11, 2020 11:04 am
Aaron Garner
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I second what Robert said, do use modules - they are great for organization.

What you want to do is exactly what modules are for.  Just create your modules, name them and add anything you want including pages, quizzes, assignments etc.

You may not want to work with weeks like Robert suggested.  I have each week listed as Week 1, Week 2 etc.  Each week has the dates like April 5 - 11.  My students always know where they should be.  The downside with the dates is that you have to change them every semester, but it takes about 5 minutes to do so no biggie.

I also have all the modules with links on the home page and they have dates as well.  Another thing to change from semester to semester, but it's another 5 minutes.

Weekly modules is great for some, but that might not work for you, but it's an option as Robert said.

John, if at any point you ever feel like doing a Zoom meeting let me know.  I'd probably learn something as well.

One more thing.  Modules allow you to set parameters like prerequisites, add requirements like forcing them to do assignments in a strict order, and hiding them until a specified dates.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

Aaron

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Posted : April 11, 2020 11:39 am
John Little
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@robert-rennicks Thanks! I went back to the Canvas learning module that I just took last January and played with it some more. I think I see what I was missing. My current plan is to get through this semester doing as little damage as possible, in the meantime gaining the skill to make things go more smoothly for me and my students starting next fall.

John

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 11:52 am
John Little
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@aaron-garner Thanks, Aaron! As I replied to Robert, it took some hunting, but I think I've got a handle on what I need to do. I may take you up on the offer of a meet-up after I sort some stuff out, but I'm afraid that anything you learn from it will likely be the sort of learning we do as we're teaching our classes. Thanks again. 

John

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 11:55 am
Robert Rennicks
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Great!  Glad you figured this out...there's PLENTY to think about...and if it doesn't do what you hoped it would accomplish, you can always CHANGE things.

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Posted : April 11, 2020 12:15 pm

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