Updating the Design Tools Homepage Module List

The module homepage list created by Design Tools needs to be updated manually to reflect any changes you make to modules.

About the Homepage Module List

The Design Tools Module List creates an alternative view of the default Canvas Modules that can appear on your homepage.

Please note that the list does not automatically update if you make changes to Canvas Modules such as adding modules, changing module titles, or reordering.

This means that you need to open the Design Tools sidebar to update which modules will appear on the list manually. 

Video Walk-Through

This video demonstrates how to update the module homepage list in the new version of Design Tools.

For instructions on opening Design Tools, see Enabling Design Tools.

For more information on module lists, see: Module Lists: [New] DesignPLUS User Guide

Steps for Updating the Module List

For instructions on opening Design Tools, see Enabling Design Tools.

1. Click “Edit”

To begin, click the “edit” button on the home page of your Canvas course.

2. Click anywhere in the “Course Modules” Section

Once on the edit page, click anywhere in the module list section to make it available for editing in the DesignPlus sidebar.

3. Click the “Module List” button in the sidebar

In the DesignPlus sidebar, click on the “Module List” button to reveal the editing options for this element.

4. Click the “Update Item” button to update titles

The first step is to update any modules with a changed title by clicking the “Update Item” symbol next to the relevant module.

Next, click the “Add Links to All Modules” button to make sure all new modules appear in the homepage list.

6. Click “Save” to finish

Finally, save the changes made during editing by clicking the “Save” button. Be sure to check your home page after saving to ensure the course modules are properly reflected.

Updating the Legacy Module List

The following instructions are for updating the module list in the old version of Design Tools. We recommend updating to the new version unless you have a particular reason not to.

If you’ve only changed the names or order of modules, you can use the “Update Module Names” to update the module list.

1. Open the Module List Pane

In the Design Tools sidebar, go to “Add Advanced Elements” > “Module List”  

2. Click “Update Module Names”

Clicking the “Update Module Names” button will refresh the homepage module list.

A video showing how to open the Module List pane and update module titles

Click Save

Click “SAVE” at the bottom of your rich text editor (the one that shows a preview of what your Canvas page will look like).

If you’ve added new modules in Canvas, you’ll need to toggle the visibility of each new module.

Toggling the visibility of any module on/off will also update any other changes to the list, so this is also good technique for updating/fixing the list in more generally.

1. Open Design Tools

See instructions above.

2. Open the Module List Pane List Pane

In the Design Tools sidebar, go to “Add Advanced Elements” > “Module List”

Make sure that the option saying “Add and Configure Module List” slider is turned on. If it is, you’ll see a green checkmark.

3. Enable the visibility of new modules

Scroll down to the list of your modules. To choose which modules appear on your homepage, you will “toggle” their visibility by clicking on the icon of an eye.

  • The eye with a slash through it means that that module won’t appear on your home page.
  • To make a module appear, click on the icon with an eye. The eye will now no longer have a slash through it and it will now appear blue.
  • If you look to the left, you should see that the module you just made visible is now appearing as part of your modules list.

Toggle the visibility by clicking on the eye icons until the module list appears as you would like it to appear to your students.

Video showing how to enable the visible of new modules

4. Click Save

Click “SAVE” at the bottom of your rich text editor (the one that shows a preview of what your Canvas page will look like).


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