Using and Managing Modules
Modules are the building blocks of your Course, and are what truly contain the learning content--think of a Module as an individual lesson. Each Module, whether it is viewing a video, reading a PDF, answering an assignment question, or taking a quiz, is strung together with other Modules to create the curriculum of your Course.
There are several types of Modules available, and you will just need to select whatever type best fits the content for that Module. In this introduction guide, we'll go through the Module types, as well as a high-level overview of the process of creating modules and adding them to a Course, as well as how to view and edit Modules. For more detail on creating a specific module type, please follow the link in their description.
Note: Students can only access a Module if it has been added to a Course that the Student is enrolled in. The exception is if you are using a Membership Plan, which has the options to allow users access to Modules. Learn more here: Creating and Managing Memberships
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Types of Modules
There are ten different types of Modules available for you to use. Let's take a quick look at each of them.
- Text/HTML Modules are a blank canvas for you to include any information you'd like. Think of it like building a webpage for an individual lesson. Learn more about Text/HTML Modules here.
- PDF Modules are custom built to display your PDF files in an easy to read format, complete with special controls to allow your students to easily read through your document. Learn more about PDF Modules here.
- Video Modules allow you to easily share video content with your Students. You can display YouTube or Vimeo videos, or upload your own video file directly. Learn more about Video Modules here.
- PowerPoint Modules allow students to view and go through the PowerPoint presentations from inside your course. Learn more about PowerPoint Modules here.
- Webinar Modules allow you to launch a live webinar from inside your course. Connect with your Students using our integrations with MS Teams, Zoom, GoToTraining or GoTo Webinar or add a link to a Vimeo Live Stream.
- SCORM Modules are LMS files created outside Academy of Mine using the SCORM standard. If you already have SCORM Modules made, you can add them to your course this way. Learn about SCORM here. And learn more about SCORM Modules here.
- Quiz Modules allow you to build your own quiz, which can be customized and randomized in a number of ways. Learn more about Quiz Modules here.
- Assignment Modules allow you to grade a Student's response to a prompt you provide. Students can write a response inside the Module, or upload a file to be graded. Learn more about Assignment Modules here.
- Discussion Modules allow you to interact with your Students. You can post a discussion topic, and Students can reply to you and other Students with comments. Learn more about Discussion Modules here.
- Survey Modules allow you to create your own feedback form, to hear opinions directly from your Students. Learn more about Survey Modules here.
Creating a Module & Adding to a Course
As discussed above, Modules will need to be added to a Course so that Students can access the content. If you are using Memberships, you can select to allow Module categories to be available to those who are a part of the Membership, though for the most part, you'll want to ensure your Modules are added to a Course.
This is a very high-level overview of the process of creating a Module and adding a Course and is intended to show you the overarching steps. Please see the guide for the specific Module type you want to create, as well as our Creating and Updating a Course guide.
- The first step is to create your Module from the Admin Dashboard by selecting Courses. Then select the type of Module you would like to make.
- Alternatively, you can choose to add any Module you'd like from the Quick Add menu, found in the top right corner of every Admin page.
- Click + Create to create a new Module. Go through the necessary steps and Save the Module
- Then, you can add the Module to the Course of your choosing. If you already have a Course created, you can add your Module to the Course in the Course curriculum page. Inside the Course curriculum page you can rearrange your Modules by clicking and dragging a Module until it is in the correct order. You can also lock your Module, so it can't be skipped without completing it first. You can set the availability of your Module so a Student can view the Module immediately or on a date set by you. And finally, you can set a timer, forcing your Student to spend a set amount of time inside the Module before they are allowed to move on.
Creating Module Categories
If you use our Memberships feature, you are able to group modules in categories so that you may easily assign certain categories to a Membership. Here's how to do so:
- From the Admin Dashboard, select the Courses tab, then choose Module Categories
- Click + Create Module Category
- Enter in the name of the category and click Submit
- To add a Module to a category, click on the Module type from the Courses tab
- Select the Module you want to add to the category
- Under the Choose Categories option, select the appropriate category
- Click Update Module to save your changes
Viewing, Editing or Deleting Modules
All Modules you create will be stored in the Admin dashboard by Module type. This is where you can view, edit, and delete them by using the steps below.
- From the Admin Dashboard, choose Courses, and then select the type of Module you want to view, edit or delete. For example, you can find all your PDF Modules by navigating to Courses > PDF Modules. This will show you a list of all Modules of that type.
- Click the three-dot action menu to the right of the Module you'd like to Edit or Delete
- To delete, click Delete and Confirm the deletion
- To edit, choose Edit. Made any necessary changes to the Module, and then click Update Module
- For certain kinds of Modules, you'll also be able to Preview what it will look like
- You may edit the slug for your modules once they are saved. The slug is the unique URL address where the module can be found. The Slug is auto-generated from the Name you give your module, but you do have the option to edit and change it if you wish.
You can clone any type of module. This can be useful if you want to make changes to an already existing module that you need to modify for use in a different course.
- From the Dashboard menu go to Courses -> Modules and select the type of the module you want to clone.
- Click the three-dot action menu and select Clone.
Cloning a Quiz: When cloning a quiz, the confirmation box will give you the opportunity to clone the Quiz Module as well as cloning the questions within it. Since questions are saved outside of a Quiz Module, you can reuse the same questions you have created previously, or you can make entirely new copies. Editing the copies will not affect previous questions or quizzes. If you leave this box unchecked, editing the questions in your new Quiz Module will edit them in all the quizzes they were previously used. Read more about Creating Quiz Questions here.
- The confirmation box will appear. Select Clone.
- A confirmation will appear and a new module will be created with the same name and a "_copy" suffix. This will include all the same information from the original module.