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Lessons

Deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways.

Lessons are a set of content pages or instructional activities that contain a button at the bottom of the page that sends students to the next page in the lesson.

Lessons help to increase student engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching, and short answer.

Depending on the student's choice of answer and how you develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.


Create a lesson

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Lesson > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Lesson > Add

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  1. Type a meaningful name and description. The description displays to students when they view the lesson. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there.
  2. Optionally, make selections in the following areas to customize the lesson. To learn more about each option, click the Help icon next to each option in the course interface.
  3. Click Save and return to course to show the course front page or Save and display.

Add lesson pages

After you create the lesson shell, you add pages to the lesson.

  1. Select the lesson.
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  2. From the Edit tab, select the type of content to add.
  3. You can add lesson content pages, import questions, add question pages, or create a cluster of content and question pages. You can determine the jumps to different content pages.

Edit a lesson

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit Settings

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To edit a lesson, go to the lesson and select Edit.


Determine lesson appearance

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Appearance

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Appearance

You can determine how to display the lesson, and select the appearance of menus and progress bars.

  • Linked media: Upload or drag any media files to add to the lesson.
  • Progress bar: Determine whether or not to post the lesson progress for users.
  • Display ongoing score: Determine whether or not to display the student's score thus far while completing the lesson.
  • Display menu: Determine whether or not to display a menu of pages available in the lesson.
  • Minimum grade to display menu: Set a minimum grade the student must obtain before being able to view the display menu.
  • Slideshow: Determine whether or not to display the lesson as a slideshow with a set width and height.
  • Maximum number of answers: Set the maximum number of answers for each question. For example, if you are creating a True/False type of question, select 2 as the maximum.
  • Use default feedback: Determine whether or not to incorporate default feedback responses, such as Correct response or Try again.
  • Link to next activity: To link to the next activity, select the activity from the list.

Set lesson availability

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Availability

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Availability

Set availability dates for the lesson and determine whether or not to require a password for students to access the lesson.

  • Available from: Determine when you want the lesson to be available to students.
  • Deadline: Set the deadline for when students need to be finished with the lesson.
  • Time limit: Determine whether or not to set a time limit for lesson completion, and set the amount of time.
  • Password protected lesson: Determine whether or not to password protect the lesson so that it is only available to those that enter the correct password.
  • Password: Type the password for the lesson if password protected.

Set lesson flow control

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Flow control

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Flow control

You control whether students can start over and try questions again.

  • Allow student review: Determine whether or not students can look through the lesson first.
  • Provide option to try a question again: Determine whether or not students can try to answer a question again.
  • Maximum number of attempts: Select the maximum number of attempts for each question.
  • Action after correct answer: Select the action for when the student answers the question correctly. Options include Normal - follow lesson path, Show an unseen page, and Show an unanswered page.
  • Number of pages show: Select the number of pages to show when pages are shown in random order. Set to 0 to show all pages.

Determine grade settings

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Grade

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Grade

Set how the lesson will be graded, if the lesson is for a grade.

  • Grade: Select one of the following from the Type menu.
    • None: There is no grading type.
    • Scale: Use a scale to grade. Select the scale you want to use from the span class="interface">Scale menu.
    • Point: Use points when grading. Type the maximum number of points that can be earned.
  • Grade category: If you use Gradebook categories, select the category.
  • Grade to pass: Type the minimum number of points a student needs to pass.
  • Practice lesson: Determine whether or not to allow for a practice lesson.
  • Custom scoring: Determine whether or not to score each question at a different point level.
  • Re-takes allowed: Determine whether or not students can retake the lesson.
  • Handling of re-takes: Determine how grading will be affected by re-takes. Options include Use mean (average of scores) or Use maximum (highest score).
  • Minimum number of questions: Select the minimum number of questions a student must answer before calculating a score.

Check out how Grading works!


Determine lesson completion

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Activity completion

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Activity completion

You can determine to mark the lesson activity as completed.

  • Completion tracking: Options include Do not indicate activity completion, Students can manually mark the activity as completed, and Show activity as complete when conditions are met.
  • Student must view this activity to complete it: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student views the lesson.
  • Student must receive a grade to complete this activity: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student receives a grade for the lesson.
  • Student must reach the end of lesson page to complete this activity: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the reaches the last lesson page.
  • Require time spent: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if minimum amount of time a student must spend on the lesson.
  • Expect completed on: Enable this feature and set a date for when it is expected participants will be marked as completed.

Administration features

There are administration features for each type of activity in a course. These features are available in Edit mode.

Steps in Snap: Lesson > Edit > Admin menu

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Lesson > Edit > Edit settings > Select option from Advanced forum administration menu

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Select the administrative feature for the activity:

  • Edit settings: Update the activity settings.
  • Group Overrides: If setting the lesson as a group activity, you can override when the group can access the lesson using the lesson availability settings.
  • User overrides: You can override when a specific user can access the lesson using the lesson availability settings.
  • Locally assigned roles: Update the role of a specific user for the activity.
  • Permissions: Update the permission a specific user role can have for the activity.
  • Check permissions: Review a specific user's permissions for the activity.
  • Filters: Update the filter settings for the assignment. Filters can be used to add links, insert multimedia players, convert Mathematical expressions or emoticons into images and more.
  • Logs: Review the log files available for the activity. Opens the Reports section in Course administration.
  • Backup: Complete the backup for the activity.
  • Restore: Complete a restore of the activity from a previous backup.
  • Preview: See how the lesson appears using the preview.
  • Edit: Update the lesson information.
  • Reports: Review the students who have finished the lesson and those that have not, or view more detailed information about lesson questions students answered.
  • Grade essays: Grade the lesson activity for students.