Lessons

Basic Use of Lessons

Activating and Removing Lessons

Lessons differs from most tools as it is an instance-based tool. Most other tools are activated only once, and can house multiple instances of itself within one tool menu item. However, each instance of Lessons needs to be activated through Site Info and each will appear on the tool menu item.

Activating an instance of lessons

  1. Navigate to Site Info within your course.
  2. Click Edit Tools.LESSONS01-a.png
  3. Select Lessons from the list of Course Site Tools by checking the box beside it.LESSONS02-a.png
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Provide a title for your lessons.Note that you may also create more than one at once by selecting the "More Lessons Tool?" dropdown menu.Avoid assigning a name of another tool, as this could cause errors.Instead, try a unique name like "Course Content," as this example demonstrates:LESSONS03-a.png
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Confirm your site tool edits and click Finish. Your new lessons will now appear in the tool menu.LESSONS04-a.png

Removing an instance of lessons:

  1. Navigate to Site Info within your course.
  2. Click Edit Tools.
  3. De-select the specific instance you wish to remove by unchecking the box beside it. It will appear above the default lessons option and have an identical description.LESSONS05-a.png
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Confirm your site tool edits and click Finish. This instance is now removed.

Navigating the toolbar

All the tools you need to build Lessons can be found in the top toolbar. If you place the mouse over a command, you'll get a brief description of what it does.

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Adding, Modifying and Removing content

There are two methods to add pdf files, presentations, movies, Youtube videos, other web sites, etc. to your page -- Embed content on page and Add Content Link. If you use Embed content on page they will appear in a box embedded within your page (a. in the example below). If you use Add Content Link, they will appear as a link which your readers can click (b. in the example below).

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Adding multimedia and resources

  1. Click either Embed content on page or Add Content Link on the toolbar. LESSONS08-a.png
  2. You will be given three options to specify the location of the content you wish to add. LESSONS09-a.png
    1. Upload file - Click Choose File and select a file that you have saved on your local computer. Click Save.
    2. Select an existing resource - Select a file that you have already uploaded to Resources. Click Continue.
    3. URL or "embed code" - Input an external URL address at which the file is stored online or input the embed code for the file. Click Save.

Modifying multimedia and resources

  1. Click Edit beside the content you wish to modify.LESSONS10-a.png
  2. To modify MultimediaLESSONS11-a.png
    1. Change the URL and the size of the content's frame accordingly. Adjust the size of the content frame to match your multimedia content.
    2. Add a description that will show up under the content (optional).
    3. Edit the groups that can view the content or make the content available only when prerequisites are completed.
    4. Click Update Item to save changes.
  3. To modify Resource LESSONS12-a.png
    1. You can modify the name of the item and add a description (optional) here.
    2. To replace the current content, click Change File or URL.
    3. Click Update Item to save changes.

Removing multimedia and resources

  1. Click Edit beside the content you would like to remove.
  2. Click Delete.LESSONS13-a.png

Adding, Modifying, and Removing assignments, quizzes, and forum topics

Lessons also lets you embed links to individual assignments, quizzes, and forum topics, making it easier for students to navigate the course sites. For Example:

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Adding assignments, quizzes, and forum topics

  1. Click on the appropriate link as highlighted below.LESSONS15-a.png
  2. To add an assignment LESSONS16-a.png
    1. If you have not created the assignment you would like to link to, click Create new assignment using Assignments. You will be directed to "new assignment" page.
    2. Or select an existing assignment. Assignments that have been saved as drafts still show up here, but students will not be able to see them until they have been posted.
    3. Click Use selected item.
  3. To add a quiz LESSONS17-a.png
    1. If you have not created the assessment you would like to link to, click Create new quiz using Tests and Quizzes. You will be directed to "new assessment" page.
    2. Or select an existing quiz. "Pending" or "Inactive" assessments do not show up here. You can only select an "Active" and "Published" assessment.
    3. Click Use selected item.
  4. To add a forum topic LESSONS18-a.png
    1. If you have not created the assessment you would like to link to, click Create new topic using Forums. You will be directed to Forums page.
    2. Or select an existing forum topic. Forum topics saved as drafts do not show up here.
    3. Click Use selected item.

Modifying assignments, quizzes, and forum topics

  1. Click Edit beside the item you would like to modify.LESSONS19-a.png
  2. To modify an assignment LESSONS20-a.png
    1. Modify the name and description as needed. Assignment description is defaulted to be the Due date, but this can be changed.
    2. If you want to replace the current assignment, click Change Assignment. That will bring you to the same page as "add assignment".
    3. If you want to modify the settings of the assignment, click Edit Assignment.
  3. To modify a quiz LESSONS21-a.png
    1. Modify the name and description as needed.
    2. If you want to replace the current quiz, click Change Quiz. That will bring you to the same page as "add quiz".
    3. If you want to edit the questions of the quiz, click Edit Quiz.
    4. If you want to modify the settings of the quiz, click Edit Quiz Settings.
  4. To modify a forum topic LESSONS22-a.png
    1. Modify the name and description as needed.
    2. If you want to replace the current forum topic, click Change Forum Topic. That will bring you to the same page as "add forum topic".
    3. If you want to modify the settings of the forum topic, click Edit Forum Topic.
  5. When you finish modifying the item, click Update Item.LESSONS23-a.png

Removing assignments, quizzes, and forum topics

  1. Click Edit beside the item you would like to remove.
  2. Click Delete.LESSONS24-a.png

Using subpages

A subpage is another Lessons page that is linked to from the main page. You can use subpages to effectively organize your course materials and present them in an intuitive manner. In the example below, course materials are organized by weeks.

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You can also display the links as button, as shown below.

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Adding a subpage

  1. Click Add Subpage on the toolbar. LESSONS27-a.png
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    1. Enter a title for the subpage. This will be displayed on top of the subpage.
    2. If you would like to link to a subpage that you have already created. Click Choose Existing Page.
  3. Click Create.
  4. You will then be redirected to a blank subpage that you just created. You can then add different types of content as you would on any other Lessons pages.

Modifying a subpage

  1. Click Edit beside the subpage you would like to modify.LESSONS29-a.png
  2. Edit the name of the subpage and add a description if you like.Changing the name of the subpage will also change the title that appears on top of the subpage.
  3. Click Update Item.LESSONS30-a.png

Removing a subpage

  1. Click Edit beside the subpage you would like to remove.
  2. Click Delete.LESSONS31-a.png

Note that even if you remove the link to a subpage, the page still exists in the course and can be accessed via Index of pages on the top right hand corner.

Using Student Content Pages

Student Content Pages are subpages that when activated allow students to create their own lessons pages and add their own content. These pages can be used for students to interact, review or comment on each other's work, and generally promote class interaction. These pages (as well as the comments) can also be reviewed and graded by the instructor, and included in the Gradebook.

The pages that students create will be viewable to everyone in the site, unless only made available to specific groups (see: Using Student Content Pages for Groups.

Adding Student Content

  1. Navigate to the Lessons page/subpage you wish to add Student Content to.
  2. Click Add Student Content from the Add Content drop-down menu.
  3. The Student Content element will then be added to your current Lessons page.
  4. Students will then be able to click the Add Your Own Page link to start building their pages and adding content.

Only one page per student can be created, unless multiple Student Content elements are added.

Anonymous Student Pages

This option allows students to interact anonymously. The instructor or maintainer of the site will still be able to view which page belongs to which individual or group in the class.

To enable Anonymous student pages:

  1. Click Edit beside the Student Pages element.
  2. Check off the "Makes these student pages anonymous" option

When students create these pages, they will automatically be titled Anonymous #. Their own pages will be indicated to themselves as Anonymous # (You).

Grading Student Pages

This option allows these pages to be included in the student's grades through Gradebook.

To enable Grading:

  1. Click Edit beside the Student Pages element.
  2. Check off the "create gradebook entries for these" option
  3. Input the maximum points a student can receive.

Once the grading option has been activated in the Student Content settings, a grading section will appear above each student's page. This is where you can input the student's grade.

When the grade is successfully submitted, a green checkmark will appear beside it.

This grade can always be changed or updated here.

The arrow button on the right side allows you to navigate linearly though each student page as you mark.

Adding and Grading Comments

The comments option allows students and the instructor to comment and provide feedback to the students directly on their pages. This can be done anonymously or with their identities associated.

To activate comments and grading:

  1. Click Edit beside the the Student Content element.
  2. Check off the "Add comments section to each page" option.
  3. Optional: Check off "Make these comments anonymous". This will only make the comments anonymous to the students. The instructor will see the students identities. This option will not apply if comments have already been made.
  4. Optional: Check off "Grade these comments".
    1. input the maximum number of points a student can earn.

If you activate the option for comments to be graded, a button will appear below the Student Content section saying Show Grading Pane for Comments on Student Content.

Clicking this will bring up a grading table listing the students who have commented on their or others pages.

From here you can view all of their comments using the Toggle Comments button and grade accordingly.

Only students who have commented will appear in this list. If you click the "Show grading Pane" button and the page says "There is nothing to grade here" then no students have commented on any pages yet.

After activating the "grade comments" option, a Gradebook item will be created. The settings for this item can be edited in Gradebook.

Using Peer Review

Peer review for Student Content Pages is based on a rubric of the instructor's choosing. Students can evaluate each other's pages based on the categories chosen by the instructor. These evaluations can then be viewed by the instructor.

To activate peer review:

  1. Click Edit beside the the Student Content element.
  2. Check off the "Add peer review rubric to each page" option.
  3. Set the open and close date for the evaluation period. This will allow students to only be able to evaluate each others work in this timeframe.
  4. Select to either use the sample rubric or Create a new rubric.
    1. The sample rubric can be used as is or customized.
    2. If creating your own, you can input a title and the categories for evaluation.

Once the option has been set up, a new button labelled Peer Evaluation Statistics will appear below the Student Pages element in the Lessons page.

Clicking this will bring up the evaluations that students have given each other (or themselves) based on the rubric chosen in the settings.

  1. The Collapse All button at the top of the page allows you to collapse all of the students evaluation table.
  2. Each container shows the student's name and the number of evaluations they have received.
  3. The first column in these tables will show the categories that each student's evaluation will be based on.
  4. Each column will show the number of times they received that particular grade from a peer.

Only students who have created pages will be listed in this section.

Using Student Content Pages for Groups

This option allows groups in the course to create student pages and interact in the same way as if the pages were created by individual students.

To allow groups to create student pages:

  1. Click the Edit button
  2. Check off the "Student pages will be associated with groups rather than individuals" option

The instructor or Maintainer of the site will also have to be in a group in order to view these pages. You can do so by creating an extra group with just the instructor.

If you want both individuals and groups to be able to create pages, create a duplicate Lessons page for either the groups or individuals Student Content Pages.

Other Student Content Page Settings

Like other lessons pages, Student Content Pages have the option of being released once the prerequisites have been completed or of being required themselves.

These settings can be activated by:

  1. Clicking Edit beside the Student Content element
  2. Checking off either o both options
    1. "Don't release item until all prerequisites are completed"
    2. "Require this item"

How Students Add Content

When students navigate to the Lessons page, they will click the link that says Add Your Own Page in order to create their page and start adding content.

By default the page will include an overview of how students can add content.

Students will be able to add content by selecting the Add Content drop-down menu. Their options from this menu are limited to:

As an instructor, you can delete individual student's pages if desired.

To do so:

  1. Click on that student's page.
  2. Beside "Add Content" click the Remove Page button.
  3. In the confirmation window, click Remove.

Removing the Student Content Element

If you wish to delete the Student Content element from your Lessons page:

  1. click the Edit button
  2. Click Delete below the settings options

If student have already created pages, a window will appear warning you that all of this content will be lost.

You can choose to continue and delete all of the student content pages, or cancel.

Adding, Modifying, and Removing Inline Questions

Adding an Inline Question

  1. Navigate to Lessons then to the page or subpage where you would like to add the inline question Add Question.png
  2. Click Add Content, then click Add Question
  3. You can either choose a: Multiple Choice or Short Answer QuestionSelection.png

Multiple Choice

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  1. Select the radio button Multiple Choice.
  2. Fill out the Question text box with the Question.
  3. Add as many possible answers as you need.
  4. Fill in the answer boxes in.
  5. Check the check box that contains the correct answer.
  6. Check Show students a graph of how others responded after they answer the question if you want to display the results of the question to the students
    1. Check Grade this Question if you want this question to go into the Gradebook.
    2. Fill in the Title that it will be put under in gradebook
    3. Fill in the maximum number of points it will be worth
  7. You can add feedback for the correct or incorrect answers.
  8. You can require other items to be completely first before getting access to this question
  9. Click Require This Item if you want students to complete this question before moving on to subsequent Lesson Pages.
  10. Click Save to save the question and add it to the page.

Short Answer

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  1. Select the radio button Short Answer.
  2. Fill in the Question Text box with the Question
  3. Add all the correct answers
  4. Modify the grading section
    1. Check Grade this Question if you want this question to go into the Gradebook.
    2. Fill in the Title that it will be put under in gradebook
    3. Fill in the maximum number of points it will be worth
  5. You can add feedback for the correct or incorrect answers.
  6. You can require other items to be completely first before getting access to this question
  7. Click Require This Item if you want students to complete this question before moving on to subsequent Lesson Pages.
  8. Click Save to save the question and add it to the page.

Editing an existing Question

  1. Click the edit button to the left of the question edit.png
  2. Use the above instructions to modify the question

Adding, Modifying, and Removing Comments

The comments tool allows students to interact with their instructor and classmates. Students can address comments/questions to their professor or assess their peers with this feature, promoting interaction among classmates within the project site.

Adding the Comments Tool

  1. Navigate to Lessons then to the page or subpage where you would like to add the comments tool.
  2. Click Add Content, then click Add Comments Tool LESSONS-comments01-a.png

Editing/Deleting the Comments Tool

Once the comments tool is enabled within the lessons page, there are some features of the tool which you can edit. Some of these features includes enabling anonymity between student to student, including comments as a Gradebook item or requiring comments as a pre-requisite. You can also delete the comments tool entirely using this feature. To edit such features:

  1. Ensure you have the comments tool enabled within the page.
  2. Click Edit beside the Comments Section LESSONS-comments04-a.png
  3. Check off the features you want to include. Enter the weight of the item if you wish to add it into Gradebook. Note Students are only able to remove or edit their comments within 30 minutes of making the comment
  4. Click Update Item to save the changes or Delete if you wish to delete the tool.

Using the Comments Tool

  1. Click Add Comment if you want to leave a comment.
  2. Fill in the text box with your comment and click Save. LESSONS-comments02-a.png
  3. Students may then remove, edit, or reply to comments. LESSONS-comments03-a.png

Note Students are only able to remove or edit their comments within 30 minutes of making the comment

Advanced Use of Lessons

Hiding and setting release dates of subpages

You can manually hide subpages within Lessons, or set dates on which subpages will be released to students automatically. The release status of a subpage will appear in italics beside the link to it. In the example below, Chapter 1 is completely hidden from students and Chapter 2 has a release date set in the future.

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Hiding subpages

  1. Check to confirm you are in the subpage you wish to hide.
  2. Click on the gear icon.LESSONS33-a.png
  3. Check the box beside "Hide this page from users".
  4. Click SaveLESSONS34-a.png

Setting release dates of subpages

  1. Check to confirm you are in the subpage you wish to set a release date.
  2. Click on the gear icon.LESSONS35-a.png
  3. Check the box beside "Hide page until following date", and specify the release date and time.
  4. Click SaveLESSONS36-a.png

Selectively releasing content

You are able to selectively release individual Lessons items to specific groups of students. This is ideal for encouraging collaborations among students. The italics square bracket beside a Lessons item indicates the group of student which the item is released to (see example below).

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The last two items in the example are links to Forum topics. In this case, group settings must be set specifically in the Forums tool for it to be applied within the Lessons page.

To do so:

  1. Click the Edit beside the Lessons item you wish to selectively release.LESSONS38-a.png
  2. Click on the link "Edit the groups for which this item should be shown.LESSONS39-a.pngIf you do not see this link, you have not created any student group yet.
  3. Select the group you would like the item to be released to.
  4. Click Update Item.LESSONS40-a.png

Requiring items for students

Lessons allows you to control the order in which students can do course items. This is done by specifying that some items are required. If necessary you may also declare that some items can't be done until all required items before it are finished. A typical scenario would be: each unit has some reading material and a quiz. Once students have completed all reading material, they take the quiz to test their knowledge on the reading.

To do this:

  1. Organize the material into units, with a quiz as the last item in each.
  2. Click Edit beside the required readings.LESSONS41-a.png
  3. Check the box beside "Require this item".
  4. Click Update Item.LESSONS42-a.png
  5. Click Edit beside the unit quiz.LESSONS43-a.png
  6. Check the box beside "Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed".
  7. In addition, you can also require a minimum score for Tests & Quizzes and/or Assignments
  8. Click Update Item.LESSONS44-a.pngWhen "Don't Release.." is checked, the item will be grayed out until all items above it that are marked "Required" have been finished.

LESSONS45-o.png Note that it is possible to have more than one item declared as "Don't Release …" within a unit. An item marked as "Don't release…" is available when all of the required items above it have been done.