About Learning Modules

Instructors can use learning modules in a course as containers for organized collections of content. Modules let students navigate from one content item to the next without distractions or extra clicks. A learning module helps immerse students in the lesson or concept you're teaching. If instructors use a textbook or other materials as the basis for the course curriculum, modules are an effective and logical way to group content to match the pace of these materials.

Instructors can also force a content sequence to make sure students know which content to access and in what order.


Learning Modules, in this form, are only available in Ultra-style Blackboard courses.

How It Works

  • Learning Modules function much like folders, in that they are containers to put items and activities in.
  • The biggest difference between Learning Modules and folders is the inclusion of Forced Sequence option in Release Conditions window.
  • Modules can also be date and time or performance triggered.
Learning modules can ONLY be added to the top level of the content area -- you cannot add them to a folder or sub-folder. 

Use Cases

  • Use a learning module to support a course objective, concept, or theme. For example, use a learning module to present the concept of magnets' fields before you describe how speakers and microphones work. Understanding the first concept is dependent on understanding the second concept.
  • Alternatively, you can allow students to explore the content in a learning module in any order and at their own pace. For example, use a learning module to present a series of images and descriptions of various animals in a genus. Students can view the images and descriptions in any order as no order is required for understanding the whole.