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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Lesson module.


Too long?

Is there too much information here for an introductory page? Time to look at it from an outline point of view and see if details belong on other pages. Needs improvement. See Lesson module/draft--chris collman 09:38, 4 April 2009 (UTC)


I think "logical order" should be changed to "edit order". While there should be some sort of logic to the pages in edit view by the teacher, this is label does not really make sense. A request in the Lesson Form was made for additional input. I will give it a week or so before considering making this change. --chris collman 08:01, 3 November 2008 (CST)

Fun stuff

Wikipedia tells me

"The word lesson comes from the Latin word lectio. This can be translated as "the action of reading (out)". From there, the word was also used for the text itself, very often a passage from the Bible read out during a religious service ("first lesson", "second lesson"). Finally, any portion of a book to be studied was referred to as a lesson."

I might have guessed the word was Roman not Greek. An appropriately so in the context of Moodle, where the Lesson Module allows so many "reading out" voices that the new Moodle teacher can get lost in the minutia of the possibilities. Teachers should use the KISS principle (the modern acronym: Keep it Sweet and Simple). Like a good speech or song, a good lesson should start with a simple plan that is later developed.

Ancient scholars believe KISS  refers to "Kish", the first city in the world to emerge after the Great Flood. 
Thus everything being swept clean, 
KISS (sic) is an opportunity to avoid the goat paths or previous constructions and to focus upon the basic plan.  

--chris collman 20:22, 28 October 2008 (CDT)

New intro

The lesson module presents a series of HTML pages to the student who is usually asked to make some sort of choice underneath the content area. In a Lesson page's simplest form, the student can select a continue button at the bottom of the page, which will send them to the next page in the Lesson.

The a significant difference between a Lesson and other activity tools available in Moodle comes from its adaptive ability. In this form, each answer to a question may send the student to a different series of pages in the lesson. The teacher's response and the next page the student will see has already been thought out by the teacher. Thus Lesson can deliver content in interesting and flexible ways to each student, with no direct or time sensitive action required by the teacher once the lesson has been created.

There are 7 different choice types that the teacher can use with the standard content area. Some of the choice types can be scored, such as a multiple choice question. There are also several advanced navigational features which can meet more specialized adaptive needs of the Teacher. However, the two basic Lesson type of pages are question pages and branch table pages, both types are straight forward to most teachers.

Former intro

A lesson activity can deliver content in interesting and flexible ways. It consists of a number of pages. Each page has content and leads to another page based on the student's choice. Page content is created though the use of the standard Moodle HTML editor. The teacher can select any one of 7 page types for a student to view. Some page types can score a student's choice, such as a multiple choice question. The teacher creates the choices and determines the next page the student will see based upon their choice. A lesson can be part of the gradebook.

April 2007

I must be the only one who loves to comment on this page. I am the process of designing a new lesson demo, suitable for Moodle 1.9, I am trying to link back to MoodleDocs to cut down on the words in the lesson. Lesson Module page had a bunch of 1.4 MoodleThoughts that does not consider newer features and at times was a bit preachy/predictive :) So I am using the proven strength of the organization of this page, and re casting some of the bits with fewer words and repeats.

I am intentionally not changing any categories, but did add a few sub categories. Making major changes in the format is not a good idea on a major page such as this. Better to build links to other pages in my opinion.

I expect others will collaborate and greatly improve on some of my recent edits. MoodleSpeak can be really confusing. For example, I am trying out "Classic Branch" and "Ordered Branch" as concepts that demonstrate what happens when and "end of branch" is placed in a lesson. I think I have lost the battle on renaming Branch Table, so I living with a rose by any other name, still has thorns.

There are still some gaps in reguard to Lesson in MoodleDocs. Scoring questions in Lesson and how they relate to the grading scale is one.

Best to all--chris collman 18:48, 9 April 2007 (CDT)

Humm, I started using the phrase "simple branch" in the demo. Wonder if "ordered branch" is better? See MDLSITE-304 for my current copy of Lesson Demo.--chris collman 06:37, 22 December 2007 (CST)

July 2006

Alternative instructions for teachers in english at are good. They are upgrading their site today so I can not post the exact links, will come back and add specific pages from their teacher's manual on Lesson. Lots of graphics, perhaps too busy for some learners/teachers, but great for others. Not to mention a great example of an application using Book. --chris collman 19:49, 26 July 2006 (WST)

May 2006

Rewrote General Information section. I generalized things a bit more. We give lots of examples of questions and jumps later in this MoodleDoc. I felt this section did not prepare the reader for the robust features of the lesson module that follow. I guess we could ask if given the expansion of other sections, do we still need this section? --chris collman 09:08, 21 May 2006 (WST)

Aprendizagem no Moodle I think many of the heading in this wonderful page should have their own page. This is another long page but I like it because it is printable for teachers. For a newbie doing a search in MoodleDocs for one of the headings, I may go and create the page with a redirect to this page.--chris collman 20:29, 5 May 2006 (WST)

Branch table comment: Don't know the above means. I sure wish we called "branch tables", branch pages. I expanded the intro to branch tables to point out that they are similar to question pages that we just got done describing in great detail. I put in an example of a series of branch tables which is followed by a question page. This might be more typical for older students.--chris collman 21:43, 25 April 2006 (WST)


I see substantial changes and clarifications on this page since my last visit 1/2 a year or so ago. The language is clearer. The links are helpful.

Thanks, Chris!

You are welcome Ben. It is not just me. I have been inspired by countless other new users, who look for the simple answers and always ask "What does that mean?". Linking to MoodleDocs from forums replies in that same timeframe has also been very instructional for me :) Feel free to jump right in again. Best --chris collman 12:03, 17 June 2008 (CDT)