Lesson

The Lesson activity module is used for creating a collection of content pages for online instruction. This collection of pages creates a flowchart that can be either linear, for controlling the path or branching. Question pages can be attached directly following a content page for a material comprehension check, and questions can be put into "clusters" when multiple questions are desired following a content page. The instructor has full control over the pages that students jump to as they progress, which makes the Lesson a powerful teaching tool.

Getting Started


Adding/editing a Lesson

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Advantages....

  • Chunk content
  • Simplify delivery
  • Ease of access
  • Ease of editing
  • Increase learner engagement
  • Self assessment
  • Project guide
  • Scenarios
  • Student generated content
  • Student projects
  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
    screen image of lesson pull-down list - lesson selection
  3. Choose the Lesson tool.
  4. Click the Expand all link to view all setting boxes
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  6. Under the General section, type the Name (required) of the assignment into the text box.
  7. Choose the Time limit, Available Dates, Due date, Maximum number of answers for the questions, and a password for the lesson if preferred.
  8. Choose the Prerequisite lesson
  9. Choose the Grade and the Grade category.

    Options
    • Under the Grade options section, select if this is an ungraded Practice lesson, Custom scoring of questions, Re-takes, and whether to Display ongoing score to students
    • Under the Flow control section, there are a number of options to customize how the student progresses through the Lesson:
      • Allow student to review the Lesson before starting it.
      • Allow student to try a question again if answered incorrectly.
      • Maximum number of attempts for a question.
      • Note: Once this has been reached, the student is automatically moved on to the next page of the Lesson.
      • After a correct answeron a question, set which page the student is sent to.
      • Display a default feedback message after a question is answered.
      • Note: This will display if a custom message is not set for a question.
      • Progress bar allows students to see what percentage of the Lesson they have completed.
      • Display the left menu during the Lesson, only if the student's grade is greater than a defined percentage on a previous attempt.
      • Note: This forces the student to fully progress through the Lesson the way it is set up, and prevents the student from jumping to pages in a prohibited order.
      • Minimum number of questions that appear in the Lesson.
      • Note: This number is used for grading--regardless if the student attempts equal, less, or more questions, their score will be calculated based on this set number.
      • Number of pages to show in the Lesson.
      • Note: This only applies to lessons in which random pages are shown after a correct answer on a question. This number can be set so that the student does not have to go through all of the pages of the Lesson, and that going through this number of pages would suffice. Setting this number to zero will make the student go through all the pages in the Lesson.
      • Slideshow displays the Lesson with a fixed width and height.
      • Link to an activity once the Lesson is completed.
    • Under the Pop-up to file or web page section, select if a file is to pop-up whenever students enter the lesson.
    • Note: This file can be anything, including an image, document, or video.
    • Under the Dependent on section, choose if students must meet certain criteria for another assignment before they are allowed to enter the Lesson:
      • Time spent (minutes) on the other separate assignment
      • If the other assignment was completed.
      • If the student's grade on the previous assignment is high enough.
    • Under the Common module section, choose to make the Lesson visible to students (can be changed later), and a custom ID number of the assignment for easy reference when grading.
    • Restrict access allows the instructor to set a condition on the assignment until other assignment(s) are completed: Add restrict access image
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      • Date: Access can be restricted from or until a certain date and time.
        Note: ALL dates must be changed when copying courses. [We recommend that you do not use the DATE option in Restrict access. Dates can be set above within the Availability.]
      • Grade: determines grade conditions which must be met in order to access the activity.
        Note: Multiple grade conditions may be set if desired. If so, the activity will only allow access when ALL grade conditions are met.
      • Group: If groups are used in the course, it is possible to restrict the activity to a certain group.
      • User Profile determines access based on fields within the student's profile, such as department or email.
      • Restriction Set allows you to set nested restrictions (of those listed above).
  10. Choose either Save and return to course or Save and display.



Adding a content page

A content page consists of information that is to be conveyed to the student. This can include any combination of text, images, or video. Content pages can be interconnected with one another, as well as with question pages to serve as miniature quizzes of what its corresponding page covered.

  1. Click Add a content page to create the first page of the Lesson.
    screen image of accessing the add content page link
  2. Under the Add a content page section, type the Page title (required) into the text box.
  3. Insert any desired content into the Page contents.
  4. Type the Description (required) into the text box of the Content 1 section.
    Note: This creates a clickable button at the bottom of the page that allows the student to "jump" to the next content or question page.

  5. Note: Only fill out the Description text box of the Content 1 section for a linear, one-way path through the Lesson; fill out multiple Content sections to create a multiple branching paths through the lesson, based on the student's answers.
  6. From the Jump pull-down list, select where the corresponding Content option will take the student in the Lesson.
    Note: This jump can be to the previous page, the next page, or any other content or question page already in the lesson.

  7. Note: Setting jumps to the correct pages is essential for allowing students to navigate the Lesson appropriately. Verify that the jumps direct to where needed by clicking on the Preview tab on the main Lesson page and going through the Lesson like a student would.
  8. Click Save page.

  9. Note: More content pages can be added to the Lesson by clicking on the Edit tab at the top of the page and selecting Add a content page.

 


Adding a question page

A question page is a page that is inserted into a lesson following a content page. It is a graded aspect of the lesson that is intended to test the student's understanding of the material.

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Can't View Graded Questions!

If you are creating graded questions in your lesson, make sure that the Grade Options > Practice lesson is set to NO. The default setting is YES, and you will not be able to access ANY student input unless this was selected before students enter information.

  1. Click on the Lesson activity.
  2. Click on the Edit tab, and then click on Add a new page... wherever in the lesson the question page is desired and select Question.
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    Note: For an alternative way to add pages to the Lesson, click on Expanded (located under the four tabs). This provides links below each content page, as well as at the very top of the Lesson layout for easy placement of Lesson pages.

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  4. From the pull-down list, Select a question type for the questions in the question page. Click Add a question page.
  5. Type the Page title (required) and Page contents (required) into their respective text boxes.
  6. Type answers into the Answer boxes.
    Note: Depending on the question type, multiple answers (i.e. right and wrong) may be required, or none may be necessary at all, such essay answers that must be manually graded by the instructor. Keep a lookout for how many answers are required to be input to proceed.
  7. Insert an optional Response for each answer that will display if the it is chosen.
  8. Define where the student will Jump to in the lesson if the answer is chosen,
  9. Set the Score for each answer.
  10. Click Add a question page.


Ending a Lesson

After you have created your question pages, make sure to add a JUMP (button) to allow the student to End the Lesson (submit their questions for grading).

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Can't Grade Student Questions

If the Lesson Report - Attempts list "Not completed Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 3:18 PM" and you are unable to grade their Lessons, it may be you didn't add a JUMP - End of Lesson.

  1. Click Add a content page to create the first page of the Lesson.
    screen image of accessing the add content page link
  2. Under the Add a content page section, type the Page title (required) into the text box.
  3. Insert any desired content into the Page contents.
  4. Type the Description (required) into the text box of the Content 1 section.
    Note: This creates a clickable button at the bottom of the page that allows the student to "jump" to the next content or question page.

  5. Note: Only fill out the Description text box of the Content 1 section for a linear, one-way path through the Lesson; fill out multiple Content sections to create a multiple branching paths through the lesson, based on the student's answers.
  6. From the Jump pull-down list, choose End of lesson.
    Note: If you do not End the Lesson, your students will not submit their answers to you for grading. You will not be able to grade their lessons until they End.
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  7. Click Save page.


Additional Features


Clusters

A cluster is useful for organizing a set of questions in the Lesson. Within a cluster, questions can be randomized for students. Clusters consist of both "Start of cluster" and "End of cluster" pages, so a cluster is its own entity within the Lesson.
Note: The cluster must have a "start of cluster" page and end with the "end of cluster" page to work.

  1. Click on the Lesson activity. Click on the Edit tab.
  2. Click on the Add a new page... pull-down list, and select Add a cluster.
  3. Click on the editing icon directly above the pull-down list.
  4. Enter the cluster Page title, Page contents, and the next page to Jump to. Click Save page.
  5. Note: Selecting Unseen page within a cluster as the jump makes the questions random within the cluster.
  6. Click again on the Add a new page... pull-down list, and select Question (see Add a question page).

  7. Note: Other question pages can be moved into the cluster by clicking on the move icon and choosing where to move the page.
  8. Click once more on the Add a new page... pull-down list, and select Add an end of cluster.
  9. Note: Not signifying the end of cluster forces Moodle to assume that the end of the cluster is the same as the end of the Lesson.

"Remember clusters have their own adaptive logic. It is always a good idea to test a cluster when logged in as a student. New users of a cluster, might do well to create a simple lesson so they understand how clusters work when applied in a more complex adaptive lesson.

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TIP:

Looking for a page that redirects without the student seeing it? Alison Schubert discovered the start and end cluster pages are not seen by the student. The teacher can insert an "End of cluster" page in the edit order with a jump. This will automatically redirect a student to another page without the usual continue button." (moodle.org).



Reports

  1. Click on the Lesson activity.
  2. Click on the Reports tab. There are two ways to view grades: Overview and Detailed statistics.
    • Overview shows each student's number of attempts on the activity (including when each was taken and how long each attempt took), and the highest score on the activity. The instructor can delete any attempt from here. Below this shows averages for all attempts, as well as high/low scores and durations.
    • Detailed statistics shows every question page, and a percentage breakdown of which answers were chosen. It does not show individual student scores (see Overview).

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Import questions

  1. Click on the Lesson activity.
  2. Click on the Edit tab. Then click on Expanded (located below the Edit tab).
  3. Click on Import questions.
  4. Choose the File format and Choose a file to upload.
  5. Note: If the contents of the file aren't questions, the file will not upload successfully.

Backup and Restore

Backing up and restoring a lesson can be useful to transfer lessons between courses or to other Moodle sites.. Backing up a lesson is also great for an instructor who wants a copy for safe keeping.

Backing up

From the lesson you want to back up:

  1. In the Administration block, click on Backup
  2. Lesson settings block

  3. Select the items that you would like to back up and click Next.
  4. Initial Settings

  5. Confirm Lesson activity is checked, and click Next again.

    Schema Settings

  6. Confirm all settings and file name are what you want and click Perform Backup.
  7. Perform Backup

  8. Click Continue.
  9. Successful Backup

  10. Download the backup file that has been created for you by clicking Download, and save the file.
  11. Download Backup File

Restoring

  1. In the Administration block, Click Restore.
  2. Lesson Settings block

  3. On the page that appears, choose the file that you have previously backed up by either dragging and dropping it into the file select area, or clicking choose a file and browsing your computer for it. Then click Restore.
  4. Choose File

  5. Confirm settings and click Continue.
  6. Confirm Settings

  7. Select the course you would like to restore into and click Continue.
  8. Confirm Settings and click Next.
  9. Confirm Settings

  10. Click Next again.
  11. Schema Settings Restore

  12. Confirm Settings and click Perform restore.
  13. Perform Restore

  14. Click Continue. Your lesson should now be restored.
  15. Lesson Restored