How to Setup a Lesson Activity

How to Setup a Lesson Activity

Note:  You need Teacher or Manager access before you can perform this action.

The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. Depending on the student's choice of answer and how the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.

A lesson may be graded, with the grade recorded in the gradebook.

Lessons may be used

  • For self-directed learning of a new topic
  • For scenarios or simulations/decision-making exercises
  • For differentiated revision, with different sets of revision questions depending upon answers given to initial questions

To create a Lesson activity within a course page follow the steps below:

Step 1: To start making changes on your course page, click on the  button then choose Turn editing on.



Step 2: Once the edit mode is activated, you can either choose to edit an existing topic or add a new one.

Adding a topic:



Step 3: Click on Add an activity or resource.


Step 4: Choose  from the Activities list then click the  button.


Step 5: Fill out the information needed and adjust the settings for the Lesson.



Name*
(Mandatory field) enter the name of the Lesson activity in the name text box.
Description
Enter a relevant description in the “Description” text area that describes the Lesson if needed.
Display description on course page
(checkbox) If enabled, the description of this activity will be shown to the course page.



Linked media
Linked media allows linking of audio, video and similar files to the lesson
Progress bar
Choose this to show a bar at the bottom of the page showing how far into the lesson the student has got, green bars for Completed, red bars for Not Completed sections.
Display ongoing score
Display ongoing score shows the current grade score as the student moves through the course
Display menu
If enabled, the menu will be available for students to use
Minimum grade to display menu
This setting determines whether a student must receive a minimum grade before they can proceed to different pages, range is from 0 - 100%.
Slideshow
If Enabled, the lesson will be displayed as a slideshow.
Maximum number of answers
Here you can set the default number of selection boxes available when you add or edit a question or content page. For instance, if you are only going to use Multiple Choice questions with 3 answers in your lesson, you might select 3.
Use default feedback
If enabled, feedback will be given on questions on both correct and incorrect answers to questions.
Link to next activity
Choose from the list of links provided to set students to navigate to the next course activity when they reach the end of the lesson.


Available from
If enabled, a date and time can be set when lessons are available from.
Deadline
If enabled, a date and time can be set when lessons must be completed.
Time limit
range is from seconds to weeks
Password protected lesson
If enabled a password is required in order to access the lesson.
Password
This setting is not available unless Password protected lesson is enabled, special characters are allowed.
Allow lesson to be attempted offline using the mobile app
If enabled, a mobile app user can download the lesson and attempt it offline. All the possible answers and correct responses will be downloaded as well. Note: It is not possible for a lesson to be attempted offline if it has a time limit.



Allow student review
If enabled, this allows the student to return to the start of the lesson and review their work.
Provide option to try a question again
This allows for another attempt if the answer is incorrect without credit.
Maximum number of attempts
This determines how many times you want students to be able to attempt each question. When they reach the maximum, they will be taken automatically to the next page.
Action after correct answer
There are three options provided:

• Normal - follow lesson path
• Show an unseen page
• Show an unanswered page

Number of pages to show
This controls how many pages to display during a lesson.


Grade
There are three options available:

• None
• Point
• Scale

Grade category
Grade Category options are based on the categories created on the gradebook setup.
Grade to pass
This allows teachers to set the minimum grade required to pass and will be indicated by green for pass and red for fail.
Practice lesson
Practice lessons are now saved; this means they will appear in the reports .You must enable the "Retakes allowed" setting if you want students to be able to attempt a practice lesson several times.
Custom scoring
If enabled, you can use this to give a numerical point value (positive or negative). to each answer.
Re-takes allowed
If 'Yes', students will be able to do the lesson more than once.
Handling of re-takes
If re-takes are allowed, this will determine the grade for all lesson attempts, there are two options available:

• Use mean
• Use maximum

Minimum number of questions
Set the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a student's score. Students will be told how many they have answered and how many more they need to answer.


Availability
The availability option permits students to view and access assignments and resources, there are two options available:

• Show on course page
• Hide from students

ID number
The ID number can be entered to reference the same ID number from a third-party package especially gradebook. Otherwise, the field may be left blank.
Group mode
There are three group settings available:

• No groups
• Separate groups
• Visible groups

Grouping
Not available if no group mode is selected, if separate or visible grouping is enabled, you will then be given an option to Add group/grouping access restrictions.




Teachers may restrict students from accessing lessons and resources based upon a set of conditions. These conditions may be based on whether an activity has been completed or not, date restrictions when lessons can commence, a specified grade to be achieved, a certain user profile, or a set of nested restrictions based on the below settings.

Restrictions can be one, two or all of the following criterion:



Completion tracking
There are three options available:

• Do not indicate activity completion
• Students can manually mark the activity as completed
• Show activity as complete when conditions are met

Require View
(checkbox) If checked, student must view this activity to complete it.
Require Grade
(checkbox) If checked, student must receive a grade to complete this activity.
Require end reached
(checkbox) If checked, student must reach the end of the lesson page to complete this activity.
Require time spent
(checkbox) If checked, student must do the activity at least for a certain amount of time, the range is from seconds to weeks.
Expect completed on
This setting specifies the date when the activity is expected to be completed.


Tags
Tags will allow students and teachers to connect to other courses and content being offered.


Competencies will not be available unless they have been set up at a course level. Administrators can set up competency frameworks and add competencies within the framework. Teachers can also add competencies to courses and course activities.

Course competencies
Course competencies allow you to search for competencies that you’d like to link to your existing activity.
Upon activity completion
There are four options to select once an assignment has been completed:

• Do nothing
• Attach evidence
• Send for review
• Complete the competency

Step 6: Once everything is set, click Save and return to course.


The Lesson activity that has been created will now be displayed in the section where you selected ‘Add an activity or resource’.






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