Modules

Definition 

A set of content and/or skills that is organized around a set of Learning Objectives aligned to Competencies. Modules are often designed as student-facing (hosted on a learning management system) allowing students to engage directly with the material. Modules differ from traditional curricular units in that they stand alone as a complete learning experience (Modules can be organized around units).

Features 

  • Timely Support

Designer's Tips 

Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of online modules at the high school level remains far less developed than what is available for younger students. Because flexible-pacing is an essential component of Mastery Learning Systems, Many schools and districts encourage teachers to develop their own modules, which is becomming easier with the launch of sites like GooruLearning, Curriculet, and ThinkCERCA.

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

We suggest you begin with purchasing (or using free) a performance-based digital programs such as iLit, Educurious, Eureka or Kahn Academy. The modules/units will already exist, and they will be student-facing so that students have access anytime/anywhere and can move at their own pace.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Curriculet

Description 

This tool enables teachers to customize learning assets by annotating directly on a wide range of text-based resources. Teachers can add notes, questions, and multimedia resources directly to texts.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Curriculet

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

DreamBox Blog and Infographic on Selecting Digital Curriculum

Description 

This infographic provides a quick overview of ten key considerations when selecting a digital curriculum for a blended learning environment.

Authors 

Tim Hudson

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

DreamBox Learning

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Management System (LMS)
Modules
Units

Educurious

Description 

This nonprofit provides a free blended project-based learning curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Educurious materials are high quality and online. Their disadvantage is that they are not designed for self-paced or flexibly-paced classrooms. 

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Educurious

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Eureka

Description 

This site provides curriculum tools for math, history, art, and English.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Eureka

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

iLIt

Description 

inspire Literacy, or iLit, is blended-learning literacy program by Pearson that emphasizes strong literacy practices such as think-alouds, vocabulary development, and independent and self-paced reading.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Pearson

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Memoir Course & Module Overviews

Description 

This model performance-based course, emphasizes is organized around a set of formative and performance assessments that support students in undertaking a deep exploration of the genre of memoir. The course was designed as student-facing, so that students can move at their own pace. This link takes you to a Course Overview, the 3 Module Overviews, a Sample Lesson and a Performance Task on "Photo Writing."

Authors 

Catherine Ullman Shade, Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Document

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Blended Learning
Flexibly-Paced Learning
Self-Paced Learning
Student Voice & Choice
Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Teaching the Modular Way

Description 

This article describes modules, are a widely-used alternative to units when organizing language curricula. What's the difference between a module and a unit? Units are about teaching and measuring discrete content and skills, often through formative assessments, while a module measures overall competence. One of the tabs on the bottom of the page will bring you to several examples of unit and lesson plans.

Authors 

Luciano Mariani

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

Learning Paths

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Modules
Units

ThinkCERCA

Description 

This tool for personalizing literacy instruction is built around a strategy to help students think critically, write, and read (emphasizing "close" reading) across all subjects in grades 4-12.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

ThinkCERCA

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

GooruLearning

Description 

A free tool that helps educators create topic, skills, and theme-based playlists to support students skill and content knowledge development, as well as to explore their passions and interests. Gooru Learning includes playlists and resources for each grade level and content area. Gooru Learning has merged with Activate Instruction.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Gooru Learning

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Playlist
Self-Directed Learning
Student Agency
Learning Assets
Modules
Units