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How to: Create a Lesson activity
This activity can be used as an alternative to the Book resource (sequential content pages) or as branched content pages with the option of quiz question pages (graded).
A lesson is a sequence of learning texts – basically a series of HTML pages containing some sort of choice underneath the content area for the learner to select. The branched content pages thus linked are particularly useful for scenario based information whereby the student has to make choices after reading each stage of the scenario.
You can create a programmed learning pathway in which the learner moves through the material and is given questions periodically which moves them on to the next piece of information and the next question. The learning path can be linear or branched and the lesson can be timed.
Adding a Lesson to your module
- In your module click on the Turn editing on button
- Go to the section where you would like to place it and click on the + add an activity or resource link.
- Select the Lesson activity then click on the Add button.
Lesson settings explained
This section requires you to add a Name to your lesson.
- File pop-up: To include a pop-up window at the beginning of a lesson, choose the appropriate file to display. Every lesson page will include a link to re-open the pop-up if necessary.
- Progress bar: If enabled, a bar is displayed at the bottom of lesson pages showing approximate percentage of completion.
- Display ongoing score: If enabled, each page will display the student's current points earned out of the total possible thus far.
- Display menu: If enabled, a list of pages is displayed.
- Minimum grade to display menu: If enabled, the lesson is displayed as a slideshow, with a fixed width and height.
- Slideshow: If enabled, the lesson is displayed as a slideshow, with a fixed width and height.
- Maximum number of answers: If branching, this restricts the number of buttons allowed on a page directing to the next page in the branch.
- Use default feedback: If enabled, when a response is not found for a particular question, the default response of "That's the correct answer" or "That's the wrong answer" will be shown.
- Link to next activity: To provide a link at the end of the lesson to another activity in the module, select the activity from the dropdown list.
Allows you to restrict availability if necessary. The time limit function is useful if you have quiz questions in the Lesson. You can also add a password to the lesson.
This setting allows access to this lesson to be dependent upon a student's performance in another lesson in the same module. Any combination of time spent, completed or "grade better than" may be used.
- Allow student review: Allows students to review answers. Could be useful if using quiz questions
- Provide option to try a question again: For quiz questions; allows student to correct a wrong answer for no points
- Maximum number of attempts: Allows multiple attempts at quiz questions, when maximum reached the next page is displayed automatically
- Action after correct answer: Choose from 3 options for the following page
- Number of pages to show: This setting specifies the number of pages shown in a lesson. It is only applicable for lessons with pages shown in a random order (when "Action after correct answer" is set to "Show an unseen page" or "Show an unanswered page"). If set to zero, then all pages are shown.
- Grade: This is only relevant if quiz questions are present
- Grade category: This setting controls the category in which this activity's grades are placed in the gradebook.
- Practice lesson: A practice lesson does not appear in the gradebook.
- Custom scoring: If enabled, then each answer may be given a numerical point value (positive or negative).
- Re-takes allowed: If enabled, students can attempt the lesson more than once.
- Handling of re-takes: If re-takes are allowed, this setting specifies whether the grade for the lesson is the mean or maximum of all attempts.
- Minimum number of questions: This setting specifies the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a grade for the activity. If the lesson contains one or more content pages, the minimum number of questions should be set to zero.
Once you have set up the area for your lesson you then need to add content.
See How to Create pages in Lesson for help about this.
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