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In an existing lesson, there are 2 basic lesson views types for a teacher: preview and edit. There are several variations of these views which depend upon the needs of the teacher and the version of Moodle. A lesson must have at least one page before it can be viewed. This page will not cover Grades in the course administration block, that will give a teacher another view of how students did in the lesson.

When the lesson already has content

There are three main ways in which the teacher can view a lesson after the first page(s) has been added:

  • Navigation view - Preview tab
  • Expanded - Edit tab
  • Collapsed - Edit tab

Navigational tabs for the teacher were added in Moodle 1.6 . The views can be selected by clicking on a tab.

Lesson Tabs Expanded short-1 6.JPG

Expanded Edit View

In the expanded view, the teacher sees the pages in the edit order. There is the page title, an edit or action bar, a view of the page content, and more information about the jumps.

Lesson Edit Expanded 1 9.JPG

The action bar next to the page title, allows the teacher to move, edit, preview or delete the page.


Here is a detail showing a single content (branch table) page.

Lesson Edit Expanded single page.JPG

Notice the blue links that repeat at the top bottom for page insertions. These separate every page in the expanded view. Lesson insert page types circle1.GIF

Tree or collapsed view

Lesson Edit Collapsed 1 9.JPG

In the collapsed view, the teacher sees the pages in edit order, with the page title, type of question and where the jumps will take the student. It also has some edit-action functions to the right. In either the collapsed or expanded edit view, the pages are presented what is called the edit (logical) order.

Lesson Edit Collapsed edit functions.JPG

These action functions allow the teacher to move, edit, preview, delete or add a page type (pull down menu).

Preview or Navigation order

There are several ways a teacher can see how a lesson's navigation order "works" from a student's perspective. Remember that jumps make the Lesson module adaptive or individualize based upon a student's choices. Preview tab is a way to view some of the adaptive nature of compiled lesson. The Preview tab will start the lesson at the first page in the edit order. While there are exceptions, the lesson will then appear in the navigational order seen by students when they make a choice.

Another way to view the lesson is to click on the preview icon which is part of the action bar which is next to every page in the edit mode. This will start the lesson at that page.

TIP: navigation view will often depend upon the choices the student makes. In lessons with more complicated structures, each student maybe presented with a different navigation view.
TIP: If, in the lesson settings, the teacher has chosen to display the left menu, the student will see that menu on the left hand side. This menu is visible only when teacher is in the navigation view. The teacher sees if currently using the All pages view or the Tree view.

When the lesson has no content

When adding a new lesson activity to a course, Moodle will first ask the creator to decide on the settings of the lesson (see Lesson settings. Next Moodle will ask how you want to start editing your lesson. When in doubt, start by adding either a question page or content (branch table) page from the menu shown below.

New lesson, after settings
TIP: It is a good idea to first create the majority of a lesson's pages with content and/or questions page format. And then if desired, add jumps to those pages and then add navigational pages that create classic branches or clusters.


Settings > Lesson administration > Edit settings > Flow control group

Review of Flow control settings

In the Flow control group of settings, please note:

  • "Allow student review" setting applies to the review of a whole Lesson, whereas
  • "Provide option to try a question again" setting applies to the review of an individual question page. When the student does not select the correct answer, 'Provide option to try a question again" setting will display 2 buttons. One will direct the student back to the question and the other to continue.
  • "Maximum number of attempts" is designed to prevent a student from being stuck on "This page" where they continually put or select the wrong answer. It will override other settings, such as review or the option to try the question again. When exceeded, it will not allow a score to be recorded for that question.

Case 1

The teacher wants the student to be able to attempt any question no more than 3 times and be given the chance to answer the question again. The teacher wants the student to see the response attached to their answer.

Flow control settings
Allow student reviewYes
Provide option to try a question again No
Maximum number of attempts 3
Display default feedback No
Number of pages to show 0
Slideshow No
Student selects wrong answer and will see:
"Response for the wrong answer" (if any is shown)
"Yes, I'd like to try again" button
"Continue" button.
Student selects correct answer and will see:
"Response for the correct answer" (if any is shown)
"Continue" button

Case 2

The teacher wants to allow the student 3 attempts at all questions but not see any feedback except the site default feedback for wrong answers.

  • Flow control settings
Allow student review No
Provide option to try a question again Yes
Maximum number of attempts 3
Display default feedback No
Number of pages to show 0
Slideshow No
  • Student selects wrong answer and will see:
Not quite. Would you like to try again? as text over the
"Yes, I'd like to try again" button
'"No, I just want to go on to the next question" button
Note: If the wrong answer jump is set to "This page" and the number of attempts is under the maximum, then the student will return to the question, regardless if they select "No, I just want to go on".
  • Student selects correct answer and will see:
"Your answer: {gives the student's answer)"
Response attached to the correct answer (if any)

Case 3

"Speed bump for speed clickers". Teacher only wants the student to get once chance to record an answer on any question. They will will only see the response the teacher provides for any question, or the default feedback if no response has been set for the answer the student selected.

  • Flow control settings
Allow student reviewNo
Provide option to try a question again No
Maximum number of attempts 1
Display default feedback Yes
Number of pages to show 0
Slideshow No
  • Student selects wrong answer and will see:
"Response for the wrong answer" (if any is shown)
"Yes, I'd like to try again" button
"Continue" button.
Note: When teacher sets the Jump to "This page" for a wrong answer, they will return to the page but their score will not change.
  • Student
"Response for the correct answer" (if any is show)
"Continue" button

Case 4

Example of Slideshow here

Case 5

Example of Unseen question here

See also