Lesson Module: Settings Moodle ISU


The Lesson module is an adaptive self-directed learning activity. A lesson can be set up like a multimedia presentation with the ability to present information and periodically assess the student. Lesson pages can either proceed in a linear or branched path. Branches are determined by answers to questions. Using this method the path through the lesson becomes dependent on student responses. The Lesson module can also be set-up as a flashcard activity, which can include text, audio or images. Creating a lesson module can sometimes require significant planning. For assistance in planning out a lesson, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

This guide will help you to:

Add a Lesson Activity

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. In the week/topic you wish to add the resource to, Click Add an activity or resource.


  1. Select Lesson.
  2. Click Add.


Determine the Lesson Settings


  1. In the Name field, Type the name of the lesson. This will be visible to students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description field, Type in a description if needed.
  3. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Check the Display description on course page checkbox.



If you would like to include a pop-up window with a specific file to show at the beginning of a lesson, you will use the following fields to choose the appropriate file to display. Every lesson page will include a link to re-open the pop-up if necessary.

  1. In the Linked media section, Click the new page icon to upload your file.
  1. You can also drag and drop the file from your computer straight to the Linked media box.


  1. You can use this handout on Adding a File to Your Course to utilize the File picker.

Note: The maximum number of answers determines how many buttons will be available from a content page or the number of answers for a question page. This may be changed at any time.

  1. Progress Bar - If enabled, a bar is displayed at the bottom of lesson pages showing approximate percentage of completion.
  2. Display ongoing score - if enabled, each page will display student’s current points earned out of the total possible thus far.
  3. Display menu - if enabled, a menu allowing users to navigate through the list of pages is displayed.
  4. Minimum grade to display menu - This setting determines whether a student must obtain a certain grade before viewing the lesson menu. This forces the student to go through the entire lesson on their first attempt, then after obtaining the required grade they can use the menu for review.
  5. 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.
  6. Link to next activity - To provide a link at the end of the lesson to another activity in the course, select the activity from the dropdown list.

Note: The other activity must be created first in order for it to show up as an option in the dropdown menu.


  1. If you would like to limit student access to the lesson, Check Enable next to the Available from field.
  1. From the Available from dropdown menus, Select the desired date.
  1. If you would like to set a deadline for the lesson, Check Enable next to the Deadline field.
  1. From the Deadline dropdown menus, Select the desired date.
  1. If you would like to set a time limit, Check Enable next to the Time limit field.
  1. In the Time limit field, Enter the amount of time a student has to complete this lesson.

  1. If you would like to set a password, Click show more, Select Yes from the Password protected lesson dropdown menu.
  1. Enter the password in the Password field.

Note: If you check the Unmask box, you can see the password as you type it.

Flow Control

  1. From the Allow student review dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will allow students to navigate through the lesson again from the start after completing it for the first time.
  2. No will not allow students to review the lesson.
  1. From the Provide option to try a question again dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will give the student the option to try a question again for no points.
  2. No will only give the students one try for each question.
  1. From the Maximum number of attempts dropdown menu, Select the maximum number of attempts allowed for each question. If the question is answered incorrect for each attempt, and the maximum number of attempts is reached, the next page of the lesson will be displayed.
  2. After clicking Show more go to the Action after correct answer dropdown menu, you can indicate the flow of the lesson.  The unseen and unanswered pages allow you to create a flashcard lesson.
  1. Normal - Follow lesson path
  2. Show an unseen page - Pages are shown in a random order with no page shown twice
  3. Show an unanswered page - Pages are shown in a random order, with pages containing unanswered questions shown again
  1. After clicking Show more go to the Number of pages to show dropdown menu, Select how many pages will be shown in the lesson.
  1. This option is only applicable in lessons whose pages are set to Show an unseen page.
  2. If set to zero, all pages are shown.


  1. In the Grade dropdown menu, Select the appropriate type for the lesson.
  1. None - no grade will be recorded
  2. Point - you can then enter the maximum grade available for this activity.
  3. Scale - you can then choose the scale from the Scale dropdown


  1. In the Grade category dropdown menu, Select the appropriate category from your gradebook if applicable.

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Note: You must first create a category in your gradebook for it to show up on this list. For information about creating categories in your gradebook, see Gradebook: Using the Gradebook

  1. In the Grade to pass text area, Type a minimum grade required to pass the lesson.
  1. The minimum grade cannot be more than the maximum grade for the entire lesson.
  1. In the Practice lesson dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will not add the lesson in the gradebook.
  2. No will add the lesson in the gradebook
  1. In the Re-takes allowed dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will allow students to attempt the lesson more than once.
  2. No will only allow the student to attempt the lesson once.
  1. Click show more, for additional settings:
  2. In the Custom scoring dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will allow you to give a custom point value (positive or negative) to individual questions within the lesson.
  2. No will set correct answers to 1 and incorrect answers to 0.
  1. If you allowed students to retake the lesson, from the Handling of re-takes dropdown menu, Select how to calculate the grade with multiple attempts.
  1. Use mean will average all the attempted scores for the final score.
  2. Use maximum will use the highest score that the student received on the lesson. 
  1. In the  Minimum number of question dropdown menu, specify the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a grade for the activity.

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show on course page,  Hide from students, or Make available but not shown on course page. (default is Show)
  2. Enter and ID number only if you want a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.
  3. Select if you are using a group or grouping for this activity.

For more information, see Groups and Groupings

Restrict access

For more information, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information, see Activity Completion

To save:

  1. Click Save and display view the lesson.  
  2. Click Save and return to course be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to return to the homepage of the course without saving the lesson.


For more information, see Lesson settings

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

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