Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Plan and setup a lesson

A Lesson enables you to present to your students a series of HTML pages of either lesson content or questions, which can be graded or not.

A lesson page generally requires students to make some sort of choice once they have read the content or answered the questions. 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.
  • To display a progress bar.

Plan a Lesson

  • A Lesson is made up of pages which may have content for the student to read or questions for them to answer.
  • The questions can be imported in or created by the teacher within the activity.
  • The teacher decides the order in which the pages appear.
  • It is important that you have a clear outline beforehand of what you wish to do with the lesson; 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 important to note down the direction you want the lesson pages to go in so it is pre-planned as opposed to having to remember and visualise the navigation in your head.
  • Even for simple lessons, It is advised that a flow chart is produced of the different directions they want the pages to go in and to visualise the navigation.

Set up a Lesson

1. Turn on editing and click ‘Add an Activity or Resource’ in the Section/Topic where you want the Lesson to be.

 Add an activity or resource

2. Choose ‘Lesson’ from the list of ‘Resources’ and click the ‘Add’ button.

 Add lesson

3. Type a name for the ‘Lesson’, and add an optional description if you like.

Lesson name

4. Select the ‘Appearance’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

Lesson appearance tab

5. Click ‘Show more’ to view all available settings under ‘Appearance’.

Lesson appearance

6. The settings under ‘Appearance’ do the following:

Lesson appearance settings

  1. ‘Linked media’ you can add a File pop-up at the start of the Lesson if you want. Every page of the lesson can include a link to re-open this pop-up if you want.
  2. ‘Progress Bar’ you can select if you want to display a Progress bar at the bottom of the Lesson pages, which shows the percentage of the course that the user has completed.
  3. ‘Display ongoing score’ you can select if you want each page to display the user’s score/points earned so far.
  4. ‘Display menu’ you can select whether you want to display a left menu containing a list of lesson pages.
  5. ‘Minimum grade to display menu’ you can select to set a minimum grade to display if you want students to go through the entire lesson the first time, then once desired grade achieved the left menu becomes available to user for reviewing.
  6. ‘Slideshow’ you can select whether you want to display the Lesson as a slideshow, with fixed width and height.
  7. ‘Maximum number of answers’ you can select to specify the maximum number of answer options that can be used in a lesson. For example, if you are going to use Multiple Choice questions with 3 answers in your lesson, you would select 3. You can change the default here at any time to display more or less question answers or content choices.
  8. ‘Use default feedback’ you can select whether you want to use the standard Moodle response (feedback). The typical Moodle responses are "That's the correct answer” or “That's the wrong answer".
  9. ‘Link to next activity’ you can choose to give students a link to another activity when they reach the end of the Lesson.

7. Select the ‘Availability’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

Lesson availability tab

8. Click ‘Show more’ to view all available settings under ‘Availability’.

Lesson availability

9. The settings under ‘Availability’ do the following:

Lesson availability settings

  1. ‘Available from’ you can set a start date; and time for your Lesson.
  2. ‘Deadline’ you can set an end date; and time for your Lesson.
  3. ‘Time limit’ you can set a time limit for the Lesson. The timer does not stop them from doing the lesson when the time is up, but correct answers are no longer scored.
  4. ‘Password protected lesson’ you can select ‘Yes’ to make the Lesson only accessible using a password.
  5. ‘Password’ you can then enter your chosen password in the text box next to ‘Password’.

10. Select the ‘Flow Control’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

Lesson flow control tab

11. Click ‘Show more’ to view all available settings under ‘Flow Control’.

Lesson flow control

12. The settings under ‘Flow Control’ do the following:

Lesson flow control settings

  1. ‘Allow Student Review’ you can select whether you want to allow students to go back through the lesson before exiting.
  2. ‘Provide options to try a question again’ you can select whether you want to allow a student to try a wrongly answered question again but they get no point credit for it.
  3. ‘Maximum number of attempts’ you can set the number of attempts allowed to a question here, once maximum is reached the next lesson is shown.
  4. ‘Action after correct answer’ you can select the option to follow after a correct answer
    1. Normal - the next page of the lesson is shown (default setting).
    2. Show an unseen page - displays page in random order, no pages display twice.
    3. Show an unanswered page - displays a page in random order containing only unanswered questions.
  5. ‘Number of pages to show’ you only need to set this if you have not selected ‘Normal’ in the previous field. Choose how many pages to show, if set to 0 all will be shown.

13. Select the ‘Grade’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

 Lesson grade tab

14. Click ‘Show more’ to view all available settings under ‘Grade’.

Lesson grade

15. The settings under ‘Grade’ do the following:

Lesson grade settings

  1. ‘Grade’ you can set the type of grade; point or scale here. If point grading chosen you must set the maximum grade that can be attained in the lesson.
  2. ‘Grade category’ you can select the category in which this activity’s grades are placed in the grade book.
  3. ‘Practice lesson’ you can select whether you want this activity to be a practice lesson and therefore not displayed in the gradebook.
  4. ‘Custom scoring’ you can select this setting to give a particular numerical score, positive or negative, to each answer.
  5. ‘Re-takes allowed’ you can select whether you want students to attempt the lessons more than once.
  6. ‘Handling of re-takes’ you can set whether you want to allow students to take the Lesson more than once. If more, then you can set which mark to choose, the mean mark or maximum mark of the attempts.
  7. ‘Minimum number of questions’ you can set the minimum numbers of questions used to calculate a student’s mark. If content pages alone in the lesson then set to 0. If you set another number, then add explanatory text at the start of the lesson so student is aware about the minimum number of questions they must answer to receive a grade.

16. Select the ‘Common Module Settings’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

Lesson common module settings tab

17. The settings under Common Module Settings do the following:

Lesson common module settings

  1. ‘Visible’ choose whether you would like to show or hide the assignment.
  2. ‘ID Number’ set an ID number to identify the assignment for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the field can be left blank.
  3. ‘Group mode’ set which group mode you want, if any.
  4. ‘Grouping’ add access restriction to any groups, if group mode selected.

18. Select the ‘Restrict Access’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

 Lesson restrict access tab

19. Click the ‘Add restriction’ 

Lesson restrict access

20. Under ‘Add Restriction click the corresponding button next to the specific restriction you would like to apply to your Lesson.

 Lesson add restriction

See the Restrict access guide for more information.

21. Select the ‘Activity Completion’ tab to edit/change settings of your ‘Lesson’.

Lesson activity completion tab

22. The settings under Activity Completion do the following:

Lesson activity completion

  1. ‘Completion tracking’ choose whether you would like to track completion (manually, automatically or not at all).
  2. ‘Require view’ check box if students must view activity to complete it.
  3. ‘Require grade’ check box if students must receive a grade to complete activity.
  4. ‘Require end reached’ check box if students must reach end of lesson to complete activity.
  5. ‘Require time spent’ check if you want students to spend a certain amount of time on activity and enter time limit.
  6. ‘Expect completed on’ check box if you want to enable activity to be completed by a certain date and enter the date values.

See the Activity completion guide for more information.

23. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and Click 'Save and display' to view the Lesson or 'Save and return to course'.


Please see the Moodle Docs guidance on the Lesson activity at https://docs.moodle.org/35/en/Lesson_activity


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

Contents

Filter by tool, task or content