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TnT-0017: Canvas Module Requirements
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Using Canvas Module Requirements

Canvas Module Requirements can convey expectations, enforce sequencing, and promote timely participation through allowing you to define requirements students must meet to mark a Module as complete and/or move on in a course. Requirements may include viewing items, marking items complete, submitting assignments, or achieving a minimum score.

Accessing Module Settings

Use the Options icon associated with a module and choose the Edit option:

You should now see all of the Module Settings:

Settings Options

Date Locking

Use the Lock Until option to set a date for a module to become available:

Note that students can still see the locked module and the titles of the content, though they cannot access them:


Use the Prerequisites option to require completion of another module to access the module currently being edited:

For obvious reasons, you can only set a previous module as a prerequisite!

Prerequisites won’t lock a module’s content unless you also set the requirements for the prerequisite module. In other words, in the example above I can set Accessible Canvas Pages as a prerequisite, but I also need to set completion requirements in that module, as you will see in the next section.


Module requirements establish what a student must do to have a module marked as complete. This is useful on its own for students to track their progress, but also makes prerequisites more useful.

Requirements vary by type, but include:

In this example, I am requiring am 85% or higher on a quiz and submission of an assignment, but am not requiring them to be completed in that order:

When a Module has requirements set, there is an indicator in the Module title bar:

And Module items that are required have a note indicating what the requirement is:


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Teaching Tip by Chris Lott <> | 1/5/2023 | Photo by Michele Bitetto

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