Lesson: Settings Moodle ISU


Introduction

The Lesson module is an adaptive self-directed learning activity. A lesson can be set up like a PowerPoint lecture with the ability to teach and assess the needs of 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 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.

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  1. Click Add.

Lesson Settings

General

  1. In the Name field, Type the name of the lesson.
  2. In the Description field, Type instructions for the lesson.

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Appearance

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 File pop-up 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 File pop-up box.

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  1. In the left column of the File picker, Select Upload a file.

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  1. Click Browse to select the desired file.

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  1. Click Upload this file.

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  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 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.
  1. In the Display menu dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will display a menu that allows users to navigate through a list of pages.
  2. No will not show a display menu.
  1. In the Minimum grade to display menu dropdown menu, Select Yes or No
  1. Yes will make the student obtain a certain grade before viewing the lesson menu.
  2. No will not require the student to obtain a grade before viewing the lesson menu.
  1. 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 interface.
  1. From 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. In the 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. 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.

Availability

  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.

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

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

Prerequisite Lesson

Dependent on

This setting makes access to this lesson 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:

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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 the question is answered incorrect for each attempt, and the maximum number of attempts 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.
  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

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Grade

  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

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

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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 Practice lesson dropdown menu, Select Yes or No.
  1. Yes will not place a practice lesson in the gradebook.
  2. No will 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, 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

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

Restrict Access

For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release.

Activity Completion

For more information on activity completion, 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.

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Edit an Existing Lesson

To edit an existing lesson activity:

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Select the lesson activity you wish to change.
  3. From the Edit dropdown menu, Select Edit settings.

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  1. The original page setup will appear with the options that were previously selected.
  2. Alter any settings that you wish to change.

To save:

  1. Click Save and return to course to return to the course homepage.
  2. Click Save and display to be taken to the lesson.
  3. Click Cancel to delete any changes made.

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To edit an existing lesson Page:

After you have created a question page, content page, or cluster page. You can continue to edit the lesson pages. You can make changes anytime to lesson pages.

To edit the Lesson Page

  1. Find the lesson you want to edit.

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  1. Click Edit

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  1. Find the page you want to edit
  2. Click the gear icon.

Note: Collapsed or Expanded view is the same information displayed differently.

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  1. Make necessary changes
  2. Click Save page

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For more information, see Lesson settings.

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


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