Quercus Modules and Pages

What Can I Use It For?

Example showing Quercus course organized with modules

Quercus course content can be presented in two ways: Pages and Modules.

Modules can link to Pages, and Pages can link to Modules.
Modules are a way to organize course content. Pages give flexibility on how to display course content.

Modules are a good way to guide students through course content, as the instructor has options to specify the sequence to follow; to lock content until a certain date; and to require students to complete activities or quizzes before going on to the next module.

Samples of Module Organization (Student Orientation) and Page Layout (Course Overview)


Special Notes

When you publish a module, all of the items in that module also become published. This is seen only after refreshing the webpage. If you would like to publish a module BUT there are certain module items that you do not want published: 1) publish the module, 2) refresh the webpage, and 3) unpublish any module items that you do not want to be available to students. .

This Academic Toolbox tool helps you...
Organize content
Typical course activity format:
Synchronous or asynchronous
Quercus integration
Built-in tool

Where can I get more support?

Centrally funded

How Are Faculty Using This Tool

Reassessing Assessment

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How to Get Started

Modules allow instructors to determine the order and structure (eg. by week, unit, or topic) in which the content will be released to the end-user to provide a guided learning experience.

How to Use This Tool

Organizing your Course into Modules


Why use modules?
Organization. Allows the students to move through the course in a predetermined order set by the instructor.
Prerequisites. Help students avoid missing course content or assignments by setting completion prerequisites.
Monitor Progress. Help both the instructor and students monitor their progression through course content.

Pages can be created individually, then organized into Modules. You can also link pages to one another without using Modules.  Modules have the advantage of offering more flexibility, such as students having to meet certain prerequisites in order to gain access. or you can specify that students navigate through Modules in sequential order.


  • Create a New Module

    Create a New Module

    1. Open Modules: In Course Navigation, select the Modules link.
      Modules link in the Course Navigation
    2. Add a new Module: Select the + Module button
      Select + Module button
    3. Add Module name: Type a name in the Module Name field.
    4. Lock Module date: If you want to restrict the module until a specific date, you can lock the module. (Links to an external site.)
    5. Add Module prerequisites: If you have added at least one module to your course, you can require a prerequisite module (Links to an external site.). A prerequisite module means students must complete the previous modules before they can view the new module.
    6. Add Module: Select the Add Module button.
      Select the Add Module button (f)


  • Adding Items to your Module and Publishing Modules

    Adding Items to your Module and Publishing Modules

    You can add new or existing content items in Quercus to a module. You can also add an item to multiple modules, or multiple iterations of an item to one module

    1. Open Modules: In Course Navigation, select the Modules link.
      Modules link in the Course Navigation
    2. Add Module item: Click the Add Item (+) button.
      Adding Module item with + button
    3. Add new item: From the Add drop-down menu and select one of the following item types:
      • Assignment
      • Quiz
      • File (document and media file types)
      • Content Page
      • Discussion
      • External URL
      • External Tool (Note: Instructors can share OneDrive documents as an external tool External Link in Modules. The embedded document can be viewed directly in the course.)
      Add different items from a drop-down menu
    4. Add existing item: If you have already created the item you want to add, click the name of the item. You can select more than one item to add.
    5. Add new item: If you want to add a new item, click the New link and type a name in the name field. Depending on the item type, when adding new content you may be asked to complete additional fields.
    6. Indent item: Choose the Indentation drop-down menu to indent the item inside of the module.
    7. Add item: Click on the Add Item button.
      Add new Item to Module
    8. View Module item: From the side menu click on Modules.
    9. Publish Module item: Click on Publish button to make it visible to students.
      Button showing that Module is UnpublishedSelect Publish button
    10. Publish Module:  To publish a module, click the module’s unpublished icon.

    To unpublish a module, hover over the published icon and click the icon to confirm.

    Select Publish button to Unpublish

  • Building and Publishing Pages in Your Course

    Building and Publishing Pages in Your Course

    Pages allow instructors to display a smaller amount of information, for example, a specific topic. Having a similar feel to a webpage, Pages are multimodal and can display text, embedded videos, images and files, all in one scrollable area.

    Why use pages?
    Context. Help students understand what they should focus on and what they should be learning.
    Multimodal. Readings, links, images, videos and more, can be placed in one area for a complete lesson.

    1. Open Pages: In Course Navigation, select the Pages link.
      Pages link in the course navigation menu
    2. View Pages: Pages is designed to open to the front page for the course, if there is a front page selected (Links to an external site.). To select a page from the Pages Index, select the View All Pages button.
      View all Pages button
    3. Add Page: Select the Add Page button.
      + Page Button
    4. Add content:
      i. Type a name for your page.
      ii. Use the Rich Content Editor to create content for your page, including links, files, and images.  The Office 365 integration displays the OneDrive icon in the Rich Content Editor in Pages and allows users to create a hyperlink to OneDrive files directly in the Rich Content Editor (Links to an external site.).
      Rich Content Editor
    5. Edit page settings: You can decide who can edit the page by selecting the who can edit this page drop down menu. Options include only teachers, teachers and students, or anyone.You can also notify users that content has changed by selecting the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox.
    6. Save and Publish: If you are ready to publish your page, click the Save & Publish button. If you want to create a draft of your page, click the Save button.Note: If you try to navigate away from a page without saving, you will see a pop-up warning.
      Save and Publish buttonWhen your page is saved in a draft state, you can return to the page and publish it at any time by clicking the Publish button. The button will change from gray to green.
      Unpublished State of PagePublished state of page
    7. Schedule Publication: Using the Publish at field at the bottom of the edit screen, you can designate a specific time and date for the page instead of Publishing manually.A box under Publish At where date and time can be entered
    8. Return to Pages at any time to edit your pages.
  • Microsoft Immersive Reader

    The Microsoft Immersive Reader button will appear in the top right of all Pages and Assignments in your course. This feature can present Pages in a more accessible format, including audio readings of the text. More information can be found here.



  • Quercus Overview of Pages and Modules

    Video demonstrating the difference between Pages and Modules.

Last Modified:

15 May, 2024

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