Plan and set up a lesson
A Lesson is used to create 'branching' exercises using content and/or questions. Once a student has read the content or answered the questions, they will be required to make a choice. Their choice determines which page they are shown next in the sequence.
Lesson may be used:
- To create very simple sequences leading students through information.
- To set up complex, many-branched structures that tailor the learning very closely to students' needs.
- To test the basic knowledge level of students in your courses.
- To indicate the kinds of readings students, particularly those with less knowledge, should do to catch up.
- To manage formative assessments in the course.
In this guide:
Why should you use a lesson?
There are several reasons why you might decide to use the lesson activity, such as:
- For self-directed learning on a new topic
- Gives students more autonomy over their learning
- Allowing for different learning styles
- For example, give students the option to either read content or watch a video
- Role-play simulations and decision-making
- Creating a 'choose your own ending' type of story
- For differentiated revision guides
For more ideas for using the Lesson activity, see Moodle Docs.Link opens in a new window
Planning a lesson
- You should have a clear outline of what you wish to do with the lesson, i.e. a graded linear learning experience or an ungraded, non-linear practice session. Will students be able to go back and view or will it be a once-only opportunity?
- It is advised that a flow chart is produced as part of your planning for the lesson, even for simple lessons.
Setting up a lesson
- In the Moodle space, click Turn editing on.
- Click Add an activity or resource.
- Select Lesson from the list.
- Give the Lesson a Name and Description.
- To leave all other settings as default, skip to point 9. Alternatively, we have listed some key settings and features for you to review below.
- Under Appearance upload files, add a progress bar and review further display options.
- Under Flow control select whether students can review the Lesson, whether they can attempt a question repeatedly, and decide what happens when they answer a question correctly.
- If you have Activity completion switched on, you can specify a minimum amount of time to be spent on the lesson before it can be marked as completed.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.
For more detailed guidance on setting up a lesson, see Moodle Docs.Link opens in a new window
Building content in your lesson
Now you have created your lesson, you can start adding content. These instructions are based on the 'collapsed' view - select the Collapsed tab to follow.
- In your lesson, go to the Edit tab.
- Select what you would like to do first from the options. It is likely you will first want to Add a content page.
- Give your content page a Name and add your Content.
- Under the Button text headings, add the titles for your next pages in the Description fields.
- Click Save page.
- Under Actions, you can now create your next page. Select which type from the drop-down menu and continue to add all of your pages.
- You can now map your pages accordingly. Go back to your first content page and click the Update page icon.
- Under the Button text headers, you can now select which pages you want students to choose to see next. Select the relevant page in the Jump drop-down menu.
- Click Save page and repeat for all other pages.
For more detailed guidance on building your lesson content, see Moodle Docs.Link opens in a new window
- Introduction to assessment and feedback
- Create a custom certificate
- Create and manage badges
- Reports, logs and completion data in Moodle
- Introduction to eStream
- Access your eStream content
- Uploading videos to eStream
- Edit videos in eStream
- Edit video thumbnail
- Uploading a closed captions (subtitles) file to eStream
- Add eStream videos to Mahara
- Sharing eStream videos to Moodle
- Sharing an eStream video with a link
- Setup a video assignment in Moodle
- Introduction to Echo360
- Getting started with Echo360 Lecture Capture
- Getting started with Universal Capture (Personal)