The lesson module presents a series of HTML pages to the student who is usually asked to make some sort of choice underneath the content area. The choice will send them to a specific page in the Lesson. In a Lesson page's simplest form, the student can select a continue button at the bottom of the page, which will send them to the next page in the Lesson.

You can add a lesson to the desired course by performing the following steps:

1. Navigate to the course you want to add a certificate to.

2. Click the Turn Editing on button on the right side of the screen

3. Click Add an activity or resource

4. Check Lesson radio button, then click Add

5. Under General write the Name of the lesson and Description. If Display description on course page is enabled, the Description is displayed on the course page just below the link to the activity or resource.

6. The next option is Appearance, it helps you create the "Look" of the lesson, it has the following sub options:

Option:What it does:
Linked MediaA media file may be uploaded for use in the lesson. A 'Click here to view' link will then be displayed in a block called 'Linked media' on each page of the lesson.
Progress BarIf enabled, a bar is displayed at the bottom of lesson pages showing approximate percentage of completion.
Display ongoing scoreIf enabled, each page will display the student's current points earned out of the total possible thus far.
Display Menu
If enabled, a menu allowing users to navigate through the list of pages is displayed.
Minimum grade to display menu
This setting determines whether a student must obtain a certain grade before viewing the lesson menu. This forces the student to go through the entire lesson on their first attempt, then after obtaining the required grade they can use the menu for review
If enabled, the lesson is displayed as a slideshow, with a fixed width and height.
Maximum number of answers
This setting specifies the maximum number of answers that may be used in the lesson. If only true/false questions are used, it can be set to 2. The setting may be changed at any time, since it only affects what the teacher sees, not the data.
Use default feedback
If enabled, when a response is not found for a particular question, the default response of "That's the correct answer" or "That's the wrong answer" will be shown.
Link to next activity
To provide a link at the end of the lesson to another activity in the course, select the activity from the dropdown list.

7. The next option is Availability, it lets you decide when should the lesson be available from and till when do you want it to be available. It has the following sub-options:

Option:What it does:
Available from/Deadline Here you can set a start and end date and time for your Lesson
Time LimitIf enabled, a warning about the time limit is displayed at the beginning of the lesson and a countdown timer is displayed. Any answers given after the time has elapsed are not graded.
Password protected lessonIf enabled, a password is required in order to access the lesson.
PasswordHere you can set the password for the lesson access.

 8. The next option is Flow Control, it has the following sub options:

Options:What it does:
Allow student review        This puts a "Review Lesson" button on the last screen of the lesson to encourage the students to navigate through the lesson again. If the lesson contains questions then the review will start from the first question, otherwise the review will start from the first content page.
NOTE: that the students will not be able to change their answers, only view them.
Provide option to try a question againThis displays a button after an incorrectly answered question so that the student can try again (but not get credit for it). If the student clicks to move on to another question then the selected (wrong) answer jump will be followed. By default wrong answer jumps are set to "this page", so it is recommended that you set the wrong answer jump to a different page to avoid confusion with your students.
TIP: Leave this off if you are using essay questions.
Maximum number of attemptsThis setting specifies the maximum number of attempts allowed for each question. If answered incorrectly repeatedly, when the maximum is reached, the next page of the lesson is displayed.
Action after correct answerAfter answering a question correctly, there are 3 options for the following page:
  • Normal - Follow lesson path
  • Show an unseen page - Pages are shown in a random order with no page shown twice
  • Show an unanswered page - Pages are shown in a random order, with pages containing unanswered questions shown again
Number of pages to showThis setting specifies the number of pages shown in a lesson. It is only applicable for lessons with pages shown in a random order (when "Action after correct answer" is set to "Show an unseen page" or "Show an unanswered page"). If set to zero, then all pages are shown.

9. The next option is Grade, you can set a grade and grade category here, along with a "Grade to pass" which may be connected with Activity completion and Restrict access such that a student will not be able to access a follow up activity until they have obtained the required grade in the lesson. The other options are as follows:

Option:What it does:
Practice LessonA practice lesson does not appear in the grade book.
Custom ScoringIf enabled, then each answer may be given a numerical point value (positive or negative).
Re-takes allowedIf enabled, students can attempt the lesson more than once.
Handling of retakesIf re-takes are allowed, this setting specifies whether the grade for the lesson is the mean or maximum of all attempts.
Minimum number of questionsThis setting specifies the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a grade for the activity.

10. The next option is Common Module Settings and the sub options are as follows:

Option:What it does:
VisibleIt can Show/Hide the Lesson
ID numberSetting an ID number provides a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.
The ID number can also be set in the gradebook, though it can only be edited on the activity settings page.
Group modeThis setting has 3 options:
  • No groups - There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community
  • Separate groups - Each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible
  • Visible groups - Each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups
The group mode defined at course level is the default mode for all activities within the course. Each activity that supports groups can also define its own group mode, though if the group mode is forced at course level, the group mode setting for each activity is ignored.
GroupingA grouping is a collection of groups within a course. If a grouping is selected, students assigned to groups within the grouping will be able to work together.

11. The next option is Restrict Access, to see the sub options you must click Add restriction...

The below window pops up, you can select the type of restriction you want to add to the course.

12. Click Save and return to the course. The lesson will be added to the course.

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