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This page is about how to strucure a Moodle lesson once you have created it with the [[Lesson settings]].
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This page is about how to structure a Moodle lesson once you have created it with the [[Lesson settings]]. For information on how best to use a Moodle lesson and how students approach it, see [[Using Lesson]]
  
 
==Planning your lesson==
 
==Planning your lesson==
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*A lesson is made up of pages which may have content for the student to read or questions for them to answer. The questions can be created by the teacher or imported. The teacher decides the order in which these pages appear.
 
*You need to have a clear idea beforehand of what you want to do with this lesson. Is it to be a graded, linear learning experience? Or an ungraded, non-linear practice session? Will students be able to go back and revisit areas or is it just a once-only opportunity?
 
*You need to have a clear idea beforehand of what you want to do with this lesson. Is it to be a graded, linear learning experience? Or an ungraded, non-linear practice session? Will students be able to go back and revisit areas or is it just a once-only opportunity?
*Even those who are very comfortable working directly online might find it useful to note down on paper the direction they want their lesson pages to go in, rather than having to remember  and visualise the navigation in their head.
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*Even those who are very comfortable working directly online might find it useful to note down on paper the direction they want their lesson pages to go in, rather than having to remember  and visualize the navigation in their head.
*For hints and ideas about using the Lesson module, look at [[Using Lesson]] and [Lesson FAQ]]
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*For hints and ideas about using the Lesson module, look at [[Using Lesson]] and [[Lesson FAQ]]
  
 
==Adding content and questions to your lesson==
 
==Adding content and questions to your lesson==
 
*When you have set up your lesson with the [[Lesson settings]],click "Save and display" and you will be taken to the screen in the screenshot below.
 
*When you have set up your lesson with the [[Lesson settings]],click "Save and display" and you will be taken to the screen in the screenshot below.
 
*If you click "Save and return to course" instead, then click the "update" icon next to the lesson on the page and click "edit" in the ''Settings block>Lesson Administration''
 
*If you click "Save and return to course" instead, then click the "update" icon next to the lesson on the page and click "edit" in the ''Settings block>Lesson Administration''
[[File:lessonbegin.png]]
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[[File:lessonppt1810.png]]
 
 
 
 
== Presentation Lesson ==
 
The Lesson activity uses the standard Moodle [[HTML editor]] tool to make any [[Page content|page's content]] interesting. This tool can assist the teacher with pictures, links, fonts, tables and other graphics to engage the student's attention.  Lesson settings also can keep students from straying from the overall teacher's plan with various settings including password protection, time limits and dependency on a previous lesson's activity.
 
 
 
Navigation pages are only seen by the teacher but will affect the order of the pages the student views. For example, a [[Clusters|cluster]] is a series of pages bracketed by a navigational pages called a "start cluster" and a "end of cluster" page.  Navigation pages are an advanced feature and are best added after the teacher has laid out their lesson with the pages that will be seen by the student. 
 
 
 
===Pages, questions, answers and responses===
 
A [[Lesson_Pages|lesson is made up of pages]]. For the teacher there are two basic types of Lesson pages: choice and navigation. The student sees choice pages that are called [[Adding a content page|Content]] and [[Adding a question page|Question pages]]. Content pages can provide links to one or more other pages in the lesson. Each question page can do the same but also can give an individual response and an individual score for each choice (the student's answer).  The teacher decides upon the page type and how to best use its flexibility to achieve the educational goals of the specific Lesson or course.
 
 
 
:For example, the default lesson question is a multiple choice page. The teacher might place content on the page and ask a question about it.  The teacher can provide 1 to 20 answers. In a simple use of the multiple choice question, the teacher might decided to send the student back to the question again after a student selects a wrong answer, but with a correct answer move the student to the next page.  On some answers, the teacher may decide to provide some explanation before sending the student along.  Unlike a piece of paper, the answers are going to re arrange themselves every time the student enters the question page. 
 
 
 
:Of course the teacher can decide a more complex approach in constructing Lesson or a page. Using our multiple choice example,the teacher may give each answer a different score.  And/or depending upon the answer, send the student to a different page for an appropriate review.  The teacher may decide that a specific Lesson is a series of pages filled with information and only one choice (the continue button) that always sends the student to the next page, perhaps saving the question pages for the end.
 
 
 
===Edit order and navigation order===
 
 
 
The teacher sees the pages in what is called the ''[[Edit page order (Lesson)|edit order]]'' when they edit a lesson. Teachers can move pages in the edit order.
 
 
 
The students see the lesson pages in the ''[[Navigation Page Order|navigation order]]'', which can depend upon Jumps. The teacher can see this order using the [[Viewing_a_lesson#When_the_lesson_already_has_content:|Preview tab]] or switching roles in the course to that of a student.
 
 
 
===Jumps===
 
 
 
Jumps are the primary tool the teacher will use to determine a student's navigation. For example, each different answer to a question, might send the student to a different page.
 
Thus jumps allow the teacher to design a lesson for the students with "branches", loops and a non-linear structure.
 
 
 
There are two types of jumps, ''relative'' and ''absolute''. The default jumps used by most pages are the ''relative'' jumps "Next page", "This page" and "Previous page".  For example, the destination of the Next Page jump is always the next page in the edit order of the lesson. An ''absolute'' jump sends the student to a specific page, usually identified by the page title.  A pull down list will show all available possible jumps.
 
 
 
===Answers===
 
 
 
Typically each question within a lesson will have one correct [[Answers|answer]] and several wrong answers. For example, in a multiple choice question, each answer can receive an individual response from the teacher before sending the student (with a jump setting) to view the question again or to another page.
 
 
 
As will be seen later, there are two ways to score an answer. In one method, the direction students are sent in the edit order of pages determines if the answer was correct or wrong for scoring purposes. Usually a correct answer advances the student in the edit order and wrong answers send the students back to the question page or back in the edit order. The other method uses custom scoring and an answer is given a score to calculate the grade.
 
 
 
When a question page is added, the jumps with each answer have a default setting. The jump for the first answer is the "Next page" and it is a good practice to keep this as a right answer. The jumps for the other answers are set to "This page". These settings can be changed by editing the question. Remember the order of the answers is going to be random each time a student enters the question page.
 
 
 
When Custom Scoring is turned on in the Lesson settings, then each answer has a point value associated with it. Usually a correct answer receives a score of 1 and a wrong answer receive a score 0. It is possible to give a negative score or partial credit (say 3 for the best answer and 1 for a marginal answer) in some question types.
 
 
 
===Grading===
 
A students answers to questions can be graded. The [[Lesson score|lesson scores]] and grades can be viewed on the [[Lesson reports|"Reports" tab]] in edit mode and become part of the [[Grades|gradebook]]. A relatively simple formula is used to [[Lesson score|score]] the lesson. It is the number of correct answers divided by the number of question pages seen. This number score can be use by the [[Scales|grade scale]].
 
 
 
When [[Adding/editing_a_lesson#Custom_Scoring|Custom Scoring]] is selected in the Lesson settings, then the grading method changes.  With this option, the grade is based on earned points by the user, which is divided by the total points possible. When this option is turned on, the teacher can assign a score for each answer, this can be a negative or 0 (zero) or a positive number.  Usually the score is 0 for a wrong answer and 1 for a correct answer.  The point values associated with each of the user's answers are added up. That is then divided by the total of the maximum points that the user could have earned for each page answered. This number is then scaled by the grade parameter of the lesson.
 
 
 
The overall score is computed when the Lesson is completed by the student.  A completed lesson usually means the student has viewed every page, or answered every question or is directed by a jump to the "[[Lesson_Pages#End_of_Lesson_Page|end of lesson]]".
 
 
 
:''TIP:'' Grading can be continued when student leaves the lesson for some reason before completing it. The student does not have to go through all of the lesson in one "[[Adding/editing_a_lesson#User_can_re-take|sitting]]". For example, if a student goes through some pages and then breaks off, the next time they view the lesson they are asked whether they want to start at the beginning of the lesson or at the point where they left off. The latter point is actually the page they reached with their last correct answer. The previous "attempts" are recorded and the grade for "broken" sessions will include pages seen and questions answered in the previous viewings.
 
 
 
*The main focus of a lesson should be the transfer of knowledge in a reasonably interesting way. Giving a grade may well turn the lesson into a kind of quiz where giving the correct answer is the sole goal instead of exploring different ways of thinking about an idea. On the other hand, students like to get a perfect "score" and giving grades may well be the carrot needed to get the student to repeat the lesson until they get the magic 100%.
 
 
 
*Some instructors use Lessons as Formative Assignments where the grades, although some measure of activity, are not generally counted in the final mark for the course. If lessons are used in a formal way then it is probably best to use their grades in thresholds. 
 
*Many instructors use lessons to get across chunks of knowledge. The grading options enable instructors to utilize the [http://www.wcln.org/Flow_Documentation.htm#The_Practice_Principle "Practice Principle"] of eLearning, in which immediate practice in answering questions about content leads to improved retention and understanding of the material.
 
 
 
With that in mind, a lesson has a Retake option.
 
 
 
===Teacher review of students answers===
 
The teacher has several options to review students answers in a lesson.  The [[Lesson reports|report tab]] provides both an overview of each student's attempt of a lesson, and a detailed summary of the class's answers to each question. It is also possible to see the same report via [[Grades|gradebook]] in the course administration block.
 
 
 
===Student Review===
 
 
 
Enabling student review will override custom feedback for questions. [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=70798 Forum discussion]
 
 
 
===Re-takes=== 
 
Allowing a student to re take a lesson is the default lesson setting under [[Adding/editing_a_lesson#User_can_re-take|grade options]]. Each attempt at a lesson is normally recorded and the student can see a record of their performance by viewing their [[Student_tutorials#Settings|activity page]]. The teacher when creating a lesson has the option of showing the "final" grade as either the mean of all the attempts or the best (maximum score) of their attempts. This "final" grade is the one shown on the [[Grades]] page and the "Lessons" page. By default the mean of the grades is used.
 
 
 
In some learning environments, the teacher may not wish the students to have more than one attempt at a lesson. A particular lesson may be being used in an exam-like situation. Here the Lesson parameter for re-take is set to "No. Once completed the lesson will then not allow students to re-take the lesson. If, however, the lesson is not completed in one "sitting", students are still allowed to restart the lesson at the beginning or the page after the last question they answered.
 
 
 
*As mentioned earlier a lesson can be used as a formative assignment, imparting some knowledge while at the same time making some demands on the students. It seems natural that students should be allowed to re-visit lessons and because they are given a grade many will want to achieve a good grade. This promotes re-takes.
 
 
 
*Remember that even if a student has achieved the maximum possible grade in a lesson, allowing them to revisit the lesson to explore the various "wrong" paths in the lesson, may provide the student, you and your class additional insights.
 
 
 
===Building lessons===
 
 
 
When creating a lesson the teacher must put some content using the [[HTML editor]] tool into the first page. Once the first page is in place the teacher has the option of adding more pages in front or after that page.  Once a question or content page has been created, the pages can be edited by the teacher at any time.  When the lesson contains more than one page the teacher also has the option of moving pages, that is, changing the order of the pages.
 
 
 
*A lesson will normally cover a limited amount of material. A topic or week might contain many lessons. Lessons are shown to the student in the home page for the course within "weeks" or "topics", and/or in the activity block when it is part of the course home page.
 
 
 
*As with any lesson, it is a good idea to have a plan before starting the presentation.  Simple lessons that basically go from the start to the end in a straight line path, one page after the other, can be created from an outline. More complicated lessons require more planning.  The good news is that a teacher can create a simple lesson and then based upon feedback and performance,  can add refinements or complexity.
 
 
 
[[Adding_a_question_page]]- more help on adding question pages <br>
 
[[Adding_a_content_page]] - more help on adding Content (Branch Table) pages
 
 
 
== Types of questions available within a lesson ==
 
Questions types in the Lesson module are similar to those in the Quiz module.  However, the two modules are very different and questions may act different for both the student and teacher.
 
 
 
See [[Lesson questions]] for more information about using specific question types with this module.  Remember that the powerful HTML tool bar will allow the teacher to add pictures to content and to question answers.
 
 
 
===Multiple choice ===
 
In a multiple choice question, the student is given a question and a list of answers.  In a Lesson, the answer list will be shuffled every time the question is view by a student. In a multiple choice question, the student selects one answer. 
 
 
 
====With multianswer box checked====
 
A check in the multianswer box allows the teacher to determine that more than 1 answer is required for the student to receive credit for the question. There is no partial credit and the student must select just correct answers from a list.
 
 
 
See also [[Multiple_Choice_question_type]] which is a quiz question and works differently.
 
 
 
===Short answer===
 
In a short answer question the student is expected to answer with one word or a few words. [[Short-Answer question type]] gives more information about this kind of question
 
 
 
There are two different ''student answer'' analysis systems available for the Short Answer type of question in the Lesson Module: the '''simple system ''' and the  new  '''regular expressions system'''.  The simple system is the default and is the same used by the Quiz Module.  There is a "Use Regular Expressions" option box on the Edit Question Page screen in the Lesson Module. 
 
 
 
We suggest first reading about the  [[Short-Answer question type|Short answer question page]] with the examples of the "simple analysis", and then read the [[Short answer analysis]] page that gives more information about "Regular Expression analysis".
 
 
 
===True / false===
 
 
 
The True/False question type is a special case of the multiple choice question. The student is prompted to choose which is the correct option. See [[Lesson_module#Multiple_choice|multiple choice question]] above for details.
 
 
 
===Matching questions===
 
[[Image:Question Matching pulldown 1.JPG||thumb|80px|right|Matching]]
 
Matching questions consist of a list of names or statements, or pictures which must be correctly matched against another list. For example "Match the letter with its position in the alphabet.  One list would have A, B, C, D, Z and the other in a pull down menu next to each item would have 2, 4, 3, 1, 26 . 
 
 
 
See [[Matching question type]] for more information.
 
 
 
===Numerical Question===
 
This type of question requires a number as the answer. In it's simplest form it requires just one answer to be specified. For example "What is 2 plus 2?", where 4 is the correct answer. A numerical question will also accept a number in a range as being correct.  The answers are similar to short answer, where the order that the teacher lists the answers is important.
 
 
 
See [[Numerical question type]] for more information about a Quiz question.
 
 
 
The lesson numerical question differs from the numerical quiz question and the numerical embedded question (Cloze)when it evaluates answers. For example there is no wild card.
 
  
===Essay Questions===
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===Import questions===
Short essay questions were introduced in Moodle version 1.5. These are meant for short, paragraph or two type of essays one often finds on exams. Thus we did not use the html editor, preferring a simple text field. For longer essays, the assignment module is a better choice.
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*If you have some questions in the following formats, you can import them to use in your lesson by clicking the Import questions link. For general information about these question types, see [[Import questions]]
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[[File:importquestions.png]]
  
The student simply enters their essay in the box provided. The teacher sees ungraded essay questions when opening the lesson. After grading, the teacher can email their responses to the student.
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===Add a cluster===
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*A cluster is a group of question pages which will be offered randomly to a student as they work through the lesson.It is best if you have made the question pages beforehand and can then decide where to mark the start and end of the cluster. The start is marked by a "cluster" page and the end by an "end of cluster" page. See [[Clusters]] for more information.
  
[[Essay question type]] page has more information.
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===Add a content page===
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*This is a page where a teacher can provide information to move the lesson forward but without requiring the student to answer specific questions.
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*The student sees the page's title, some information and then one or more buttons at the bottom to select.
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*When the student clicks on a button, they go to the next page but their choice is not scored.
  
== Branches and content pages ==
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====Title====
If your lesson delivers quite a lot of information, you can divide it into sections that are called "branches". One way of moving between these branches is by adding a content page.
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*The title of a content page appears to the student at the top of the page.
:''Tip:'' You can also move between branches with a question page.  For example: a poor answer choice might send the student to a branch for some additional information.
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*A teacher will also see the title in the collapsed edit mode when they are working on the Lesson, and they will also be able to choose the title (and hence this page) from the drop down "jump" lists.
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*The title in a content page is also used with the "display left menu" setting.
  
Content pages are pages which have a set of [[Jumps|jumps/links]] to other pages in the lesson.  The student sees labeled buttons under the page content to provide their choices. Content pages are similar to many question page types.  They have a title, [[Page content|content]] section, student choices (called descriptions) and [[Jumps|jumps]] associated with each choice. Content pages are grade neutral, so there are no scores.  Content pages also can be put to special uses by a teacher.  To help understand these concepts we are going to call one use a "ordered branch" and the other a "classic branch".
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====Page contents====
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*This is where the teacher can add information for the student, making use of the [[Text editor]] and its multimedia features.
  
===Ordered branches===
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====Content====
A table of contents is an example of a use of ordered branches. Typically a lesson may start with a Content page with the title "Table of Contents".  The student selects a Description button and jumps to a page in the edit order that starts a series of pages about that subject. At the end of an ordered branch, the student is given several options by a question or a content page, such as: "Go to the next page", "Start of the series again",  "End the lesson", or "Return to the Table of Contents. [[Image:Lesson visual order graphic1.png|thumb|100px|center|TOC that leads to 3 ordered branches]]
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*Here the teacher writes the words they want the student to click on to get to the next part of the lesson.
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*These words will appear to the student as a button.
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*The teacher can check the box to have the buttons appear horizontally, or uncheck it for them to appear centered vertically.
  
===Classic branches===
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====Format====
The classic branch is an advanced navigational feature. It introduces random movement within a series of pages that the teacher determines. A classic branch needs a Branch Table at the start of the series and a special navigation page called "End of Branch" at the end of the series.
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*There are 4 format types to choose from when editing text in the content description box. If you wish to have the usual rich text editing icons, choose HTML format. (Note - once you have selected an option, you cannot then go back and change your mind!) However, if you DO choose HTML format, be warned that the student will not see the changes (such as bold or different colours) in the button.
  
The default jump in an "End of Branch" page is the preceding content page as an absolute jump.  After a classic branch has been created, the teacher will see 3 new relative jump options: "Unseen question within a branch", "Random question within a branch" and "Random branch page". The classic branch with its "end of branch" navigation page is similar to a [[Clusters|cluster]].
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[[File:lessoncontentbuttons.png]]
  
:''Tip:'' As with any advanced navigational feature, it is best to add it after the basic question and content pages have been created.  Checking the Lesson's behavior in a student role is another best practice with highly adaptive lesson formats.
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====Number of options available====
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*How many of these you have depends on your choice in  the ''Maximum Number of Answers'' setting in [[Lesson settings]]
  
===Tips when using branches===
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==== The Jump====
*The number of links shown when setting up or editing a content or a question page is set by the [[Lesson settings]]. This parameter can be changed on the fly by clicking on the Settings block >Lesson administration >edit settings link.
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*Each Description in a Content page has a Jumps menu. "Jumps" take a student from one page to another.
*When a lesson includes one or more ordered or classic branches, teachers need to decide if their students must visit every branch.  By adding a question or two in each branch, the teacher can set the "Edit settings" Minimum number of Questions]]" parameter to some reasonable number of questions that must be answered. Without this parameter a student might visit a single branch in the lesson, answer all its questions correctly and leave the lesson with the maximum grade based upon their attempts, not the total number of available questions.
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*A "relative jump" is "next page" or "end of lesson" whereas an "absolute jump" gives the actual name of a page.
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*The teacher chooses from the dropdown the correct page to send the student to if they click on the button that will be made from this particular description. Any pages created by the teacher will have their titles appear in this dropdown, allowing them to be selected.
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*When a student clicks on a description button, they are sent to the page defined in the Jump associated with the button.
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*See [[Jumps]] for more detailed information.
  
*Remember that using branches may encourage a student to revisit a question page more than once.  This can impact scoring. Since scores can not be displayed for a teacher, it is a good practice for a new Moodling Teacher to log in as a student to check how the score is kept in their Lesson.
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===Add a question page===
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*From this link you can choose from a variety of question types which will then be added as pages to your lesson:
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[[File:addquestionpage.png]]
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*''(Note: These question types are not the same as for the [[Quiz]] and are in no way connected with quiz questions.)''
  
*[[Lesson_Pages#Branch_.28Branch_Table.29-_Choice_Pages|Choice pages gives]] detailed help about editing a branch . [[Adding_a_content_page|Adding a content page (branch table)]] reviews process.
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*The format of question pages is similar to content pages outlined in [[Building_Lesson#Add_a_content_page| Section 2.4]] above.  
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*A typical question page could include:
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**'''Title''' - the name the student sees at the top of the question page.
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**'''Page contents''' - the actual question
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**[[File:examplequestion.png]]
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**'''Answer/Response/Format/Jump/Score''' as in the screenshot below
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**[[File:exampleanswer.png]]
  
== Lesson dependencies and linking ==
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===Question types===
===Dependency===
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====Multichoice====
Lesson has dependency setting similar to [[Conditional activities]]. It allows the current lesson to be dependent upon a student's performance in one specific lesson that is in the same course. If the conditions(s) is not met, then the student will not be able to access  the current lesson. This feature is independent of [[Restrict access settings]] which only will appear if [[Conditional access} has been enabled on the site.
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*The student is given a question and a list of answers. The answer list will be shuffled every time the question is view by a student. By default they choose one answer but you can check the box "multiple answer" to allow them to choose more than one answer.
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====Essay====
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*Students can write a longer answer as part of the lesson and this can be graded manually by the teacher. If the main purpose of your lesson is for students to write an essay, consider the [[Assignment module]] instead.
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====Matching====
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*This allows you to set up lists which must be matched against other lists, for instance, words, pictures, numbers etc. The student must match all correctly to receive the score.
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====Numerical====
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*This requires a number as an answer. A number within a range may also be accepted as correct. The range separator to be used is the colon : For example, to accept as correct any number between 10 and 12 (10, 11 and 12) you would type 10:12 in the Answer box.
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====Short answer====
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*A student must provide a single word or short phrase answer. The teacher must anticipate the possible answers and enter them in the Jump dropdown boxes, using ** wild cards if appropriate.
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====True/false====
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*The student is given a sentence and must decide if it is true or false.
  
These "Dependent on" conditions include: time spent, completed or receive a better than grade one specific lesson.  Any  combination of the conditions can be used. Please note, a Lesson must include one question for the dependent "completed" condition to be met.
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==Moving your lesson forward==
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*Once you have added your first content or question page, you reach the next screen which displays your page title/type/jumps (ie where the responses take the student to) and actions you can take next:
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[[File:lessonactions.png]]
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*The '''Actions''' icons allow you to move (if you have more than one), edit, preview or delete your pages.
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*The drop down allows you to create another page of your choice:
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[[File:lessonactionsdropdown.png]]
  
*A typical use of this feature is to "daisy chain" a series of Lessons to make sure the students take the lessons in order.  This might be useful in a training type of course which has no open or close dates because it can be started and finished at any time.
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*Note the different view options:
  
===Links to other places===
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====Collapsed view====
Use the "Link to" in the [[Lesson settings]] to offer the student a direct link button to another activity in the course when they complete the lesson.
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*This gives a brief outline of the lesson structure as in the two screenshots above.
  
Another handy Lesson setting "Pop-Up to file or web page" will create a window the student can view while in the lesson.
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====Expanded view====
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*This shows more detail as in the screenshot below:
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[[File:expandedview.png]]
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==Ending your lesson==
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*To bring the lesson to a close, select the "End of Lesson" option from the Jump menu on any relevant pages.
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*The student will then see a generic message as in the next screenshot, with a direction back to the main course page or to view their grades:
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[[File:endoflesson1.png]]
  
:'''Tip:'''More advanced Moodlers can figure out how to place HTML links on a lesson page. Thus it is possible to create a link to another lesson/activity, a lesson/activity in another course, or even to a specific page in a lesson.  While this method can be useful, the student may not be able to find their way back to the page with the link.  In general, the links can be created by copying the location of the desired link from the browser's address bar, then pasting it as a link.
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Latest revision as of 11:25, 21 January 2014

This page is about how to structure a Moodle lesson once you have created it with the Lesson settings. For information on how best to use a Moodle lesson and how students approach it, see Using Lesson

Planning your lesson

  • A lesson is made up of pages which may have content for the student to read or questions for them to answer. The questions can be created by the teacher or imported. The teacher decides the order in which these pages appear.
  • You need to have a clear idea beforehand of what you want to do with this lesson. Is it to be a graded, linear learning experience? Or an ungraded, non-linear practice session? Will students be able to go back and revisit areas or is it just a once-only opportunity?
  • Even those who are very comfortable working directly online might find it useful to note down on paper the direction they want their lesson pages to go in, rather than having to remember and visualize the navigation in their head.
  • For hints and ideas about using the Lesson module, look at Using Lesson and Lesson FAQ

Adding content and questions to your lesson

  • When you have set up your lesson with the Lesson settings,click "Save and display" and you will be taken to the screen in the screenshot below.
  • If you click "Save and return to course" instead, then click the "update" icon next to the lesson on the page and click "edit" in the Settings block>Lesson Administration

lessonppt1810.png

Import questions

  • If you have some questions in the following formats, you can import them to use in your lesson by clicking the Import questions link. For general information about these question types, see Import questions

importquestions.png

Add a cluster

  • A cluster is a group of question pages which will be offered randomly to a student as they work through the lesson.It is best if you have made the question pages beforehand and can then decide where to mark the start and end of the cluster. The start is marked by a "cluster" page and the end by an "end of cluster" page. See Clusters for more information.

Add a content page

  • This is a page where a teacher can provide information to move the lesson forward but without requiring the student to answer specific questions.
  • The student sees the page's title, some information and then one or more buttons at the bottom to select.
  • When the student clicks on a button, they go to the next page but their choice is not scored.

Title

  • The title of a content page appears to the student at the top of the page.
  • A teacher will also see the title in the collapsed edit mode when they are working on the Lesson, and they will also be able to choose the title (and hence this page) from the drop down "jump" lists.
  • The title in a content page is also used with the "display left menu" setting.

Page contents

  • This is where the teacher can add information for the student, making use of the Text editor and its multimedia features.

Content

  • Here the teacher writes the words they want the student to click on to get to the next part of the lesson.
  • These words will appear to the student as a button.
  • The teacher can check the box to have the buttons appear horizontally, or uncheck it for them to appear centered vertically.

Format

  • There are 4 format types to choose from when editing text in the content description box. If you wish to have the usual rich text editing icons, choose HTML format. (Note - once you have selected an option, you cannot then go back and change your mind!) However, if you DO choose HTML format, be warned that the student will not see the changes (such as bold or different colours) in the button.

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Number of options available

  • How many of these you have depends on your choice in the Maximum Number of Answers setting in Lesson settings

The Jump

  • Each Description in a Content page has a Jumps menu. "Jumps" take a student from one page to another.
  • A "relative jump" is "next page" or "end of lesson" whereas an "absolute jump" gives the actual name of a page.
  • The teacher chooses from the dropdown the correct page to send the student to if they click on the button that will be made from this particular description. Any pages created by the teacher will have their titles appear in this dropdown, allowing them to be selected.
  • When a student clicks on a description button, they are sent to the page defined in the Jump associated with the button.
  • See Jumps for more detailed information.

Add a question page

  • From this link you can choose from a variety of question types which will then be added as pages to your lesson:

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  • (Note: These question types are not the same as for the Quiz and are in no way connected with quiz questions.)
  • The format of question pages is similar to content pages outlined in Section 2.4 above.
  • A typical question page could include:
    • Title - the name the student sees at the top of the question page.
    • Page contents - the actual question
    • examplequestion.png
    • Answer/Response/Format/Jump/Score as in the screenshot below
    • exampleanswer.png

Question types

Multichoice

  • The student is given a question and a list of answers. The answer list will be shuffled every time the question is view by a student. By default they choose one answer but you can check the box "multiple answer" to allow them to choose more than one answer.

Essay

  • Students can write a longer answer as part of the lesson and this can be graded manually by the teacher. If the main purpose of your lesson is for students to write an essay, consider the Assignment module instead.

Matching

  • This allows you to set up lists which must be matched against other lists, for instance, words, pictures, numbers etc. The student must match all correctly to receive the score.

Numerical

  • This requires a number as an answer. A number within a range may also be accepted as correct. The range separator to be used is the colon : For example, to accept as correct any number between 10 and 12 (10, 11 and 12) you would type 10:12 in the Answer box.

Short answer

  • A student must provide a single word or short phrase answer. The teacher must anticipate the possible answers and enter them in the Jump dropdown boxes, using ** wild cards if appropriate.

True/false

  • The student is given a sentence and must decide if it is true or false.

Moving your lesson forward

  • Once you have added your first content or question page, you reach the next screen which displays your page title/type/jumps (ie where the responses take the student to) and actions you can take next:

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  • The Actions icons allow you to move (if you have more than one), edit, preview or delete your pages.
  • The drop down allows you to create another page of your choice:

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  • Note the different view options:

Collapsed view

  • This gives a brief outline of the lesson structure as in the two screenshots above.

Expanded view

  • This shows more detail as in the screenshot below:

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Ending your lesson

  • To bring the lesson to a close, select the "End of Lesson" option from the Jump menu on any relevant pages.
  • The student will then see a generic message as in the next screenshot, with a direction back to the main course page or to view their grades:

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