Lesson Module: Settings Moodle ISU


Introduction

The Lesson module was designed to be adaptive and to use a student’s choices to create a self-directed learning activity. A lesson can be similar to a PowerPoint created within Moodle ISU 2, or include assessments throughout to guide to assist students in learning the content.  Each page of a lesson can be set up to proceed in a linear fashion, or it can be dependent on answers to questions. 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, please contact the ITRC.

This Guide will help you to:

Adding a Lesson 

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see the Moodle ISU 2 Overview.
  2. In the week/topic you wish to add the resource to, Click the red link Add an activity or resource.

  1. Click the bullet next to Lesson option to choose the resource. Click the Add button to open the Adding a New Lesson page.

General

  1. In the Name field, Type in the name of the lesson.  This will show to the students on the homepage.
  2. If you would like to set a time limit, Check the Enable box 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 limit student access to the lesson, Check the Enable box next to the Available From field.
  1. Click the Available From dropdown menus to select the desired date.
  1. If you would like to set a deadline for the lesson, Check the Enable box next to the Deadline field.
  1. Click the Deadline dropdown menus to select the desired date.
  1. In the Maximum Number of Answers dropdown menu, Select the maximum number of answers that may be used in the lesson.

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. If you would like to set a password, Click on the Show advanced button to display this option.
  1. Select Yes from the Password Protected Lesson dropdown menu. 
  2. Enter the password in the Password field.

Hot Tip: If you check the Unmask box you can see the password as you type it.

Grade

  1. In the Grade dropdown menu, Select the appropriate grade for the lesson, or no grade if the lesson is not graded.
  2. In the Grade Category dropdown menu, Select the appropriate category from your gradebook.

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 the Using the Gradebook Handout.

Grade Options

  1. In the Practice Lesson dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will place a practice lesson in the gradebook.
  2. No will not place the practice lesson in the gradebook
  1. 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. 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. If you allowed students to re-take the lesson, Select the Handling of Re-Takes dropdown menu, to tell Moodle ISU 2 how to calculate the grade with multiple attempts.
  1. Mean will average all the attempted scores for the final score.
  2. Maximum will use the highest score that the student received on the lesson. 
  1. In the Display Ongoing Score dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will display the student’s current points throughout the lesson.
  2. No will not show the ongoing score to the students.

Flow Control

  1. In 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. In 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. In the Maximum Number of Attempts dropdown menu, Select the maximum number of attempts allowed for each question. If answered incorrectly repeatedly, when the maximum is reached, the next page of the lesson is displayed.
  2. In the Action After Correct Answer dropdown menu, you can indicate the flow of a flashcard lesson.

Note: If you do not see the Action After Correct Answer dropdown menu, Click on the Show Advanced button.

Hot Tip: This option allows you to set a lesson up as a flashcard activity.  For more information about a flashcard lesson contact the ITRC.

  1. Normal will follow the normal path set within the lesson pages.
  2. Show an Unseen Page will show the pages in a random order with no page shown twice.
  3. Show an Unanswered Page will show the pages in a random order, with pages containing unanswered questions shown again
  1. In the Display Default Feedback dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will show the default response of "That's the correct answer" or "That's the wrong answer", if no feedback has been entered for the answer.
  2. No will not show the default response.
  1. In the Progress Bar dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will display a progress bar at the bottom of the lesson pages showing approximate percentage of completion.
  2. No will not display the progress bar to the students.
  1. In the Display Left Menu dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will add the Lesson Menu block with a table of contents of the lesson.  The question pages are not listed in the table of contents.  Students are able to also navigate through the lesson using the table of contents.
  2. No will not show the Lesson Menu block to the students.

Note: The following options are only available if you have clicked on the Show Advance button. 

  1. In the Display Left Menu Only if Grade Greater Than dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will set a grade the student must receive on the first attempt in order to see the Lesson Menu block. This forces the student to go through the entire lesson on their first attempt, then after obtaining the required grade they can use the left menu for review.
  2. No will keep the Lesson Menu block display as set in the Display Left Menu dropdown menu.
  1. In the Minimum Number of Questions dropdown menu, Select 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.
  2. In the Number of Pages to Show dropdown menu, Select the number of pages shown in a lesson. It is only applicable for lessons with pages shown in a random order. If set to zero, then all pages are shown.
  3. In the Slideshow dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will display the lesson as a slideshow, with a fixed width and height.
  2. No will show the lesson embedded within the Moodle ISU 2 interface.
  1. If you would like to add a link to another activity on the last page of the lesson, in the Link to an Activity dropdown menu, Select the appropriate activity.

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

Pop up to File or Web Page

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. Click on the Choose a file…button. You will be taken to a new File Picker window.

  1. Click on the Upload a File option.

  1. Click the Browse button to select the desired file

  1. Click on the Upload this File button to upload the file.

Hot Tip: You can now drag and drop URL links, files, and folders onto your Moodle ISU 2 page.  Click Turn Editing On then click and hold the URL link, file, or folder to drag the item over your Moodle ISU 2 page.  You can drop the item at the bottom of any week/topic you choose, then use the arrows to move the item to the desired location.

Dependent On

This setting allows access to this lesson to be dependent upon a student's performance in another lesson in the same course. Any combination of time spent, completed or "grade better than" may be used. The following options will be available to the instructor:

Common Module Options

For more information on common module settings please see Groups and Groupings.

Restrict Access

This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on conditional release/restricting access, please see Conditional Release/Restricting Access.

Activity Completion

For more information on activity completion please see Activity Completion.

Once you have everything set:

  1. Click the Save and Display button to view the lesson.  
  2. Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click the Cancel button to NOT save lesson.

For more Information please visit http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Lesson_module


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