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The lesson activity presents a sequential series of pages. Students are usually asked to make choices to navigate from start to end. The choices will determine the pages that will be visited. Lessons consist of three key features: content pages, question pages, and navigational buttons.

Scenario: A lesson was set up on the unit page of a Geoscience unit as an interactive tool to engage students with the different minerals and their properties. In this activity, students navigated the lesson to explore and build upon their understanding of various mineral properties.

To set up a lesson:

  1. Click Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the lesson to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Lesson.
  4. Click Add.
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  5. Enter a Name. This will be the name of the link within your week/topic that students will click to begin this activity.
  6. Click to expand the  Availability heading.  Enter a Time Limit if you wish to allocate a certain amount of time for completion of the activity. The lesson will remain open after time has lapsed, however, the marks will not be recorded. You can also selectively release the activity using the date fields. For both of these options, be sure to check the Enable box.
  7. Click to expand the Appearance heading.  Assign Maximum number of answers from the available options.
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  8. The remaining options can be left as the defaults for setting up a basic lesson. Click Save and display.
  9. The following page of options will appear:
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    • Import questions: Questions can imported in the below formats and uploaded into the lesson.  Choose file format and upload your compatible file.
    • Add a content page: A simple HTML page with more detailed content.
    • Add a cluster: Introduces a group of hidden choices and pathways for the lesson.
    • Add a question page: A question or questions that link with content page(s).
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To add a content page:

  1. Click on the Edit tab.
  2. Select Add a content page.
  3. Enter a Page title.
  4. Enter Page contents in the HTML editor.
  5. Enter a Description that will then become an active link to another page.

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  1. Assign Jump from the available options ie to select the page that the content Description text will link to.

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If this is the first page created then select This page for Jump.


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To add a question page:

  1. Click on the Edit tab.
  2. Select Add a question page here.
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  3. Select Question type.
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  4. Click Create a question page.
  5. Enter a Page title. This is required on all question types
  6. Enter Page contents. This is the question to be answered.
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Then, depending on which question type you choose, there will be differing options to be completed. These could include any of the following.

  1. Enter a Response. This is the feedback you give for correct and incorrect answers.
  2. Assign Jump from the available options ie select the page the given answer will direct the student to.
  3. Enter an Answer (or Answers), both correct and incorrect – if applicable.
  4. Click Save page to save and continue.
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A score can be assigned to each response. A score > 0 for the correct response and a score = 0 for incorrect. For practice lessons you will not need to assign a score. For assessable lessons, a score should be assigned for each response.

graphic depiction of attention Refer to the Using media info sheet for guidelines for adding an image or multimedia file.

Refer to the Gradebook: release and hide grades Quick Guide for guidelines on how to manage visibility of student grades.


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Important – The Principle of Universal Design

When designing your course or unit, it is important to consider reaching and engaging as wide a group of students as possible. This includes students with different access needs and students who may have a sight, hearing or learning impairment. Click here for more information about Universal Design.


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