Adding Lessons

The lesson module presents a series of webpages to a student. Students will advance through these pages by making some sort of choice, usually listed under the content area. The choice will send them to a specific page in the lesson. In the simplest form of lessons, students simple choose to continue at the bottom of each page. More complex forms involve changing the route of the student based on the choice.

There are two basic lesson page types that students will see: content pages and question pages. Content pages can contain information, media, activities, and more. Question pages have a question or choice that will decide where the lesson goes next. Question pages may also contain content. The lesson module was designed to be adapted and to use a student’s choice to create a self-directed lesson.

Why should I use lessons?

The main difference between a lesson and other activity modules available in Moodle comes from its adaptive ability. With this tool, each choice the students makes can show a different teacher response/comment and send the student to a different page in the lesson. Thus with planning, the lesson module can customize the presentation of content and questions to each student with no further action required by the teacher.

With lessons, students are self-directed in learning a new topic. Learning can take place through different styles. Offering content delivered in different ways can be accomplished by asking the student within a lesson. For example the button “do you prefer to read?” goes to a page of text; “do you prefer to watch a video?” goes to a screencast ; “do you prefer to listen to instructions?” goes to a podcast and so on.

Lessons can also be roleplay simulations and decision-making exercises. When students make a choice, the scenario changes accordingly. Similarly, lessons can be used for customized reviews. Review material will be displayed based on how students answer questions.

How do I add a lesson to my course?

  1. Navigate to your Moodle site and turn editing on.
  2. Scroll down to the topic or week you would like to add a lesson to.
  3. Select Add an Activity or Resource.Screenshot of Moodle course with arrow pointing to "Add an activity" link
  4. In the windows that pops up, select Lesson for an activity and then Add.
  5. Complete the settings of the new lesson as desired. Settings are described below.
  6. Select Save and display at the bottom of the page when finished.

What settings can I change on a lesson?

  • General
    • Name
    • Description
    • Display description on course page
  • Appearance
    • Linked media: A media file may be uploaded for use in the lesson. A ‘Click here to view’ link will then be displayed in a block called ‘Linked media’ on each page of the lesson.
    • Progress bar: If enabled, a bar is displayed at the bottom of lesson pages showing approximate percentage of completion.
    • Display ongoing score: If enabled, each page will display the student’s current points earned out of the total possible thus far.
    • Dispay menu: If enabled, a menu allowing users to navigate through the list of pages is displayed.
    • Minimum grade to display menu: This setting determines whether a student must obtain a certain grade before viewing the lesson menu. This forces the student to go through the entire lesson on their first attempt, then after obtaining the required grade they can use the menu for review.
    • Slideshow: If enabled, the lesson is displayed as a slideshow, with a fixed width and height.
    • Maximum number of answers: This setting specifies the maximum number of answers that may be used in the lesson. If only true/false questions are used, it can be set to 2. The setting may be changed at any time, since it only affects what the teacher sees, not the data.
    • Use default feedback: If enabled, when a response is not found for a particular question, the default response of “That’s the correct answer” or “That’s the wrong answer” will be shown.
    • Link to next activity: To provide a link at the end of the lesson to another activity in the course, select the activity from the dropdown list.
  • Availability
    • Available from
    • Deadline
    • Time limit: If enabled, a warning about the time limit is displayed at the beginning of the lesson and a countdown timer is displayed. Answer given after time is elapsed are not graded.
    • Password protected lesson: If enabled, a password is required in order to access the lesson.
    • Password
  • Flow control
    • Allow student review: If enabled, students can navigate through the lesson again from the start.
    • Provide option to try a question again: If enabled, when a question is answered incorrectly, the student is given the option to try it again for no point credit, or continue with the lesson.
    • Maximum number of attempts: This setting specifies the maximum number of attempts allowed for each question that will count towards a grade. If answered incorrectly repeatedly, when the maximum is reached, the next page of the lesson is displayed.
    • Action after correct answer: After answering a question correctly, there are 3 options for the following page:
      • Normal – Follow lesson path
      • Show an unseen page – Pages are shown in a random order with no page shown twice
      • Show an unanswered page – Pages are shown in a random order, with pages containing unanswered questions shown again
    • Number of pages to show: This setting specifies the number of pages shown in a lesson. It is only applicable for lessons with pages shown in a random order (when “Action after correct answer” is set to “Show an unseen page” or “Show an unanswered page”). If set to zero, then all pages are shown.
  • Grade
    • Grade
      • Type
      • Scale
      • Maximum points
    • Grade category
    • Grade to pass: This setting determines the minimum grade required to pass. The value is used in activity and course completion, and in the gradebook, where pass grades are highlighted in green and fail grades in red.
    • Practice lesson: A practice lesson does not appear in the gradebook.
    • Custom scoring: If enabled, then each answer may be given a numerical point value (positive or negative).
    • Re-takes allowed: If enabled, students can attempt the lesson more than once.
    • Handling of re-takes: If re-takes are allowed, this setting specifies whether the grade for the lesson is the mean or maximum of all attempts.
    • Minimum number of questions: This setting specifies the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a grade for the activity.
  • Common module settings
    • Visible
    • ID number
    • Group mode
    • Grouping
  • Restrict access
    • Access restrictions

Now that you know how to add a lesson to your course and what settings you can change, learn how to build your lesson.