Modular Course Structure
When a course follows a modular structure, course content is broken up into a series of parts (called “modules”) that open (become viewable) at set times throughout the semester. A module is essentially a self-contained holding area for all of the course content items, lecture documents, assessments, and discussions included in a particular lesson or timeframe. Modules can be broken into concepts, chapters, units, or other forms of measure and can span for whatever timeframe meets the needs of the course (typically one or two weeks). Instructors have the ability to open or close (make viewable or hide) individual items within a module if they choose to – for example, a quiz may not be available until the last few days of the module to ensure that the student has completed all other components before attempting the quiz.