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Interactive Lesson

August 3, 2016 - August 3, 2016


Lessons are a way of providing content while also assessing students through questions. You may want students to read some information or watch a video and then answer multiple choice or essay questions about the content. Some features of the lesson activity are:
Lessons may or may not be graded.
Navigation may be linear or you may design a branching structure that depends on either students' responses to questions or navigation choices.
Options to set how many times students may navigate through the lesson and/or respond to the questions.

Create a Lesson

Step 1. In a Topic/Weekly section select Add an activity or resource and select Lesson

Activity - Lesson


Step 2. Name your lesson, and decide about whether you want time restrictions. Under Availability select the Enable checkbox next to each time element.

Lessons - General, Availability

 

Step 3. Choose Appearance options, whether students should see their score as they progress through the lesson. Decide the Maximum number of answers for multiple choice questions. Only change if you anticipate more response choices per question. Decide whether they see default feedback, a Progress bar, or a Display menu.

Lessons - Appearance

 

Step 4. Decide how many points the lesson is worth and other Grade options. A Practice lesson is not added to the grade book. Custom scoring lets you give each question different points. Decide whether students should be able to Retake the lesson.

 

Grade lesson

 

Step 5. Decide about Flow control. Allow student review lets students go back and see previous work. Provide option to try a question again and decide Maximum number of attempts.

 

Lessons - Flow Control


Step 6. Scroll down and Save and display.

Save and display

 

Click on the Edit tab to add content.

 

Lessons - Edit tab

 

There are several types of pages:

Cluster - Links certain pages with certain questions, so that they always are grouped together.
Content Page - Use the Content Page when you want to create a table of contents with links or a navigation choice for students
Question Page - Use the Question Page to add content to your lesson ending with a question.

Lessons - What do you want to do first?

 

If you are creating a linear lesson, add Question pages in the order in which you want to present the lesson. If you are interested in a branching structure, also add Content Pages and/or Clusters to organize the lesson content.

You may add a variety of Questions to your lesson:

Essay - The essay is the only question type in Moodle that is manually graded

Multiple choice - Similar to traditional multiple choice, but each answer choice may lead to a different page

Matching - Similar to traditional matching, but correct matches may lead to a different page than incorrect matches

Numerical - Answer is a number, but you may specify an acceptable range, separated with a colon ( : ). For example, if you want to accept any answer between 10 and 12, you would type 10:12 in the answer field.

Short answer - Students must respond with a single word or a short phrase. Instructors must anticipate student responses and enter each into the answer fields, using ** as a wildcard.

True/False - Similar to traditional True/False, but each answer choice may lead to a different page

Finally, once you have all the pages created, check to make sure that the pages Jump to the correct places. In a simple linear structure, it is fine that the pages all jump to the next page. With a branching structure, you may want the pages to jump to a particular page.

 

Lessons - Page title

 

Change the last page so that it jumps to the end of the lesson by clicking on the edit gear on the last page.