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Personalized Learning Designer

Different learning paths for different learners.

With the Personalized Learning Designer (PLD) you can automate different experiences for students. Identify key behaviors to trigger extra help or more challenges depending on the student. Keep it personal with special messaging and appropriate learning paths for each student.

The PLD can:

  • Save you time and manual effort.
  • Help you track how your students are doing.
  • Give extra help to students who need it.
  • Accelerate learning.

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How the Personalized Learning Designer works

The PLD uses rules to trigger automated events in your course. You can create rules to reduce excessive manual effort and reach out to at-risk students. For example, a rule can watch for at-risk grades and send messages to key figures in the student's life. A rule could also encourage students by watching for the completion of activities.

Each rule has an event, optional conditions, and at least one action.

  • Events: An event is what triggers the rule, or causes it to run.
  • Conditions: A condition determines if there are actions when an event occurs. If there are no conditions, actions happen automatically.
  • Actions: An action is what happens when the right conditions are met.

The sky is the limit as you combine different events, conditions, and actions within rules.

  • After a student earns 55% on a quiz, he receives an automated e-mail with a number of specific improvement suggestions.
  • A student submits a quiz that is automatically graded with a D. She is redirected to a lesson with additional content on the topic.
  • For positive reinforcement, create rules that send out positive messages to students when their actions and grades meet specific criteria.
  • A course starts and stops during different times of the year. Each element of the course is designed to open after a student completes the previous element. When a student's performance does not meet minimum criteria, more activities about the same topic are provided. Upon success, the next element is made available.
  • Three students are in the same class, but when they log in to the course, they see different activities. Different content has been been made available to them based on previous and ongoing assessments.
  • If a quiz is viewed, but the learner has not read a particular lesson, show an alert instructing them to read it before taking the quiz.
  • If a learner submits a quiz and the grade is less than 70%, release remedial content and inform the learner they have access to it.
  • If a learner submits a quiz and the grade is greater than or equal to 90%, release the next lesson.
  • When a forum is viewed, show an alert with instructions that you don't want the learner to overlook.

More rule examples

Three rules you can't live without on the Moodlerooms blog (may be available in English only)


Add rules to the Personalized Learning Designer

Steps in Snap: Admin > Personalized Learning Designer > Add a Rule

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Administration > Course administration > Personalized Learning Designer > Add a Rule

  1. Select Add a Rule.
  2. Type a meaningful name for your rule. This makes it easier to find later on.
  3. Select an Event type from the menu. Additional menus appear. They are different depending on the event. Choose what you want and select Add. You can add more than one event to a rule.

    For descriptions of each event type, select the help icon in the course interface.

  4. Optionally, select Conditions. Select a condition type from the menu and select Add. Additional menus appear. They are different depending on the condition. Choose what you want and select Save.

    You don't need to specify conditions if actions should always happen when an event occurs. For descriptions of each condition, click the help icon in the course interface.

  5. Select Actions. Decide what happens when the event specified occurs. Select an action type from the menu and select Add. Additional menus appear. They are different depending on the action. Choose what you want and select Save. You must select at least one action.

    For descriptions of each action, click the help icon in the course interface.

  6. Select Save.

You can stop a rule's action by checking the Disabled box. The rule is not used in the course unless unless the check is removed from the Disabled box and then saved.

The Course grade change event and the Activity events should be used respectively with the Course or Activity actions.

Edit or delete existing rules by clicking the gear icon in the row for each rule.


View the Personalize Learning Designer history

Steps in Snap: Admin > Personalized Learning Designer > History

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Administration > Course administration > Personalized Learning Designer > History

View a list of the actions triggered in the course to see which students are triggering them.

  1. Access the Personalized Learning Designer.
  2. Click the History tab.
  3. The list shows the rule, user, date, and actions fired. The list can be filtered for easier viewing.

Student experience

Students can't access the Personalized Learning Designer and don't see the rules. They only experience the actions.

  • Alert: A message appears within the browser of the course. It requires the student's attention before being able to proceed.
  • E-mail: An e-mail with a personalized message from the course is sent to the student.
  • Go to Activity: The student is automatically redirected to another resource or activity within the course.
  • Go to URL: The student is sent to a specific URL.
  • Release Codes: The student can view (or lose rights to view) specific course content that is tagged with a specific release code.
  • Add/Remove User from Group: The student may be added or removed from specific course groups based on their interaction in a course.