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Build content with a lesson

1. Once you have completed setting up your ‘Lesson’, you can start to build your ‘Lesson’. Click on the Lesson name from the course homepage to go to the ‘Lesson Edit’ screen.

Lesson example

2. You will be taken to the teacher view of the ‘Lesson’ where you will see tabs at the top where you are able to ‘Preview’, ‘Edit’, view ‘Reports’ or ‘Grade essays’ in the lesson.

Lesson getstarted

3. A student clicking on a ‘Lesson’ will see an introductory page with a ‘Start’ button(s) which they click to select the path they wish to take. This is the student view:

Lesson introductory

4. To begin adding content to your lesson, click the ‘Edit’ tab at the top of the ‘Lesson’ page.Lesson edit

5. To create a content page, click ‘Add a content page’ link under the ‘Edit’ tab page. This is a page where you may 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 from. When the student clicks on a button, they go to the next page but their choice is not scored.

Lesson add content

6. To populate the ‘Add a Content page’ enter the relevant information in to each content box, as outlined below.Lesson add content page

Page title – Enter a title to your content page in the text box. The title of a content page appears to the student at the top of the page. You, as Course leader, will also see the title in the collapsed edit mode when you are building the Lesson. You are also able to choose the title and therefore 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 you can add information for the student, making use of the Text editor and its multimedia features to change the layout and style of the information content.

Lesson button

Button Text 1, Button Text 2, Button Text 3 etc. - Assign the words you 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 centred vertically. The number of buttons you have depends on your choice in the Maximum Number of Answers setting in Lesson settings you entered prior.

Add a Jump - Each Description in a Content page has a Jump dropdown menu. ‘Jumps’ take a student from one page to another. You may choose a relative jump to the ‘Next page’, ‘Previous page’ or ‘End of lesson’ etc. or an absolute jump which gives the actual name of a page. You must choose 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. All pages already created by the teacher will have their titles appear in this dropdown, allowing them to also be selected. When a student clicks on a description button, they are sent to the page defined in the Jump associated with the button.

7. To create a question page, click the ‘Add a question page’ link under the ‘Edit’ tab page.

Lesson add question

8. Select a ‘question type’ you would like to create from the drop-down menu.

Lesson question type

The variety of question types available are:

  1. Multichoice: The student is given a question and a list of answers, the answers are shuffled every time the question is viewed. The default setting is to choose one answer only but you are able to check the ‘multiple answer’ box to allow more than one answer to be chosen.
  2. Essay: Students are able to write longer answers as part of the lesson which can be graded manually by the teacher.
  3. Matching: This allows you to create a list that needs to be matched to words, pictures, numbers etc. The student must match all correctly to receive the score.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. True/false: The student is given a sentence and must decide if it is true or false.

Lesson multichoice question

9. Add a title to the page under the ‘Title’ field, the title is visible to the student and will be visible to the teacher in the drop-down menu when editing the lesson.

10. Enter content to your page, content should include the question that you want the student to answer. You may also include some background information.

Lesson question answer

11. Enter the correct answer in the Answer 1 box, and some incorrect answers in the Answer 2, Answer 3, and Answer 4 boxes. Don’t worry about the correct answer always coming first; the answers will automatically be randomized when the student sees them.

12. Enter responses to each answer in the “Response” boxes, if you would like to.

13. The default behaviour of question pages will take the student to the next question page if they select the correct answer, and will return them to the same page if they select the wrong answer. You can change this behaviour if you wish to, by selecting different pages in the ‘Jump’ drop-down menus.

14. Set ‘Scores’ for each answer. For ungraded questions, leave everything at 0.

15. Click ‘Save page’ button at the bottom to save your question page.

16. To add more Question Pages, click “Add a Question Page Here” where you would like the Question Page to appear.

17. A cluster in a Moodle Lesson is a group of pages/questions that is randomly selected from when it is accessed. For example, you could have a sequence of pages of the student will see to be as follows; Content1>Random question out of Question1/Question2/Question3>Content2>Content3

18. Click the Edit tab. Locate the page before the group of questions that you want to put in a cluster and click the Add a cluster.

Lesson add cluster

19. Next, locate the last question page in the cluster and click Add an end of cluster below it. By default, the cluster’s end page will take students to the next page in the lesson.

Lesson add end cluster

20. You may send students back to the beginning of the cluster to attempt another random, unseen question by clicking the Update icon to the right of the end of cluster page and changing the ‘Jump’ to the cluster’s starting page. If you use this method, students will see all question pages in the lesson, but in a random order.

Lesson cluster update

21. There are two views you may use when editing your page; ‘Collapsed view’ and ‘Expanded view’. Click the tab to select that view and that tab will be highlighted.

Lesson cluster collapse expand

A Collapsed view gives a brief outline of the lesson structure and allows you to change the next action that each page will follow.

Lesson cluster collapsed

An ‘Expanded view’ shows more detail and allows you to edit/add/remove information and actions for each individual content/question pages you have added.

Lesson cluster  expanded

22. To bring the lesson to a close, select ‘End of Lesson’ option from the Jump drop down menu on any relevant pages. When the student comes to the end of the lesson they are provided with the option to review the answers to their questions and view their score in the grades area.

Lesson end


For more guidance on building a Lesson, please see:

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated August 2018.

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