What Goes in a Content Module?

Content is organized into modules using the Content Tool. Content items are referred to as ‘topics’. Modules can contain as much or as little content as needed, and one or more sub-modules. Each iCollege course will likely have many modules.

Generally, your course should have a welcome module which includes the syllabus and roll verification activity, modules that contain the content, activities, and assessments, and a wrap-up module that concludes the course and solicits student feedback on the course to assist you with future iterations of the course.

Each module in the course should follow a similar format and structure which includes some variation of the following:

  1. Pretest
  2. Introduction/Overview
  3. Learning Objectives/Outcomes
  4. Checklist
  5. Content
  6. Reflection
  7. Assignments
  8. Post-test
  9. Conclusion/Content Wrapper/Next Steps

Using a consistent structure to your modules helps students learn the flow of the course and can help them with time management.

Each module that you create can include the following types of content, activities, and assessments:

  • Files that are used to present content such as lecture notes and study guides. HTML and PDF files are preferred over Word documents or PowerPoint presentations.
  • Multimedia content in the form of short video lectures (3-5 minutes), animations, simulations, audio recordings, and images.
  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Links to websites
  • Integrated iCollege tools such as VoiceThread, Peermark, Publisher content, etc.


Note: For those working with templates, discuss content changes with supervisors.


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