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Creating Modules in D2L

​Modules are used to organize course content like folders on a computer or chapters within a book. Modules can be set by time frame (e.g., Week 1), by topic (e.g., Cellular Biology), or by course components (e.g., Final Project).

A module must be created before files can be added to a D2L course.

Add a Module

  1. Select the "Add a module…" box.
  2. Enter a name for the module in the input-text box.
  3. Hit return (or enter) on the keyboard.

Set Module Status

By default all modules are set to Visible.

  1. Select Content on the navigation bar.
  2. Go to a module from the Table of Contents.
  3. Select the eye icon [A].
    Select the Eye Icon
  4. Select the toggle to set the module to Hidden.

Add a Submodule

Submodules are optional and allow further organization of content. 

Note: When viewed within a main-level module, submodules do not display descriptions or dates attached to topics. To view descriptions and dates, users will need to navigate directly into the submodule. Because of this, it is recommended to use main-level modules for overarching organization.

  1. Select the module where the submodule should be created.
  2. Select the "Add a submodule…" box.
  3. Enter a name for the submodule in the input-text box.
  4. Hit return (or enter) on the keyboard.


Once a module is created, files can be added.  View Uploading Files and Creating Links for instructions.