1. Creating a Lesson
  2. Building the Lesson
  3. Adding Content and Questions to Your Lesson
  4. Import Questions
  5. Adding a Cluster
  6. Adding Content Pages

The Lesson activity presents a series of HTML pages with content for students to read or questions for them to answer. When a student answers a question, they will automatically be sent 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 that will take them to the next page in the Lesson.

You can create very simple sequences within the Lesson tool, or you can set up complex, many-branched structures that are closely tailored to the students’ needs as expressed in their responses to the questions you put on each page.

Creating a Lesson

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. In the relevant week or topic section, click Add activity or resource.
    • NOTE: If you are unable to see the Add an Activity menu, your course editing may be turned off. To turn on course editing, click the settings gear on the top-right side of your course page, and select Turn editing on from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Lesson.
  5. Under the General tab, enter the following information:
    • name for your Lesson.
    • A description for your Lesson (optional).  
  6. Under the Appearance tab, you have a number of options:
    • Linked media:  If you want to include a link to a file on the lesson page for students to refer to, upload it here
    • Progress bar:  Choose this to show a bar at the bottom of the page showing how far into the lesson the student has progressed
      • For lessons containing only content pages, once a Lesson has been finished (taken to the end), if that same Lesson is taken again, the progress bar will not reset (it will show 100% progress at the start of page 1).
      • For lessons containing Question pages and set to ‘Re-take’ YES, the progress bar is always ‘reset’ at 0% upon re-take.
      • The Lesson Progress bar only works correctly for lessons with a ‘straightforward’ navigation (page 1–>page 2, etc.).  If your Lesson allows students to move through the Lesson pages in any order, the Progress Bar may not work properly.
    • Display ongoing score:  Choose this to let students see their score as they work their way through the Lesson.
    • Display Menu:  Allows users to navigate through the list of pages during the Lesson.
    • Minimum Grade to Display Menu:  This setting determines whether a student must obtain a specific grade before viewing the lesson menu.  Students are forced to go through the entire Lesson on their first attempt, and may then use the menu for review after obtaining the required grade.
    • Slideshow:  The lesson is displayed as a slideshow with a fixed width and height.
    • Maximum Number of Answers:  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 (it only affects what the teacher sees, not the data).
    • Use Default Feedback:  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.

Under the Availability tab:

  • Available from:  Where you set the start time and date for the Lesson.
  • Deadline:  Where you set the end time and date for the Lesson.
  • Time Limit (minutes):  This allows you to set a time limit (in minutes) for the Lesson; students will see a countdown clock in a block as they work.  The timer does not prevent students from working on the lesson when the time is up, but correct answers are no longer scored.
  • Password protect lesson:  Select ‘Yes’ from the dropdown menu if you would like to require students to enter a password in order to access the Lesson.
  • Password:  Enter the password for the Lesson in the space provided.

Under the Flow control tab:

  • Allow student review:  Puts a “Review Lesson” button on the last screen of the Lesson to encourage students to navigate through the lesson again from the start.  Students will not be able to change their answers-only view them.
  • Provide option to try a question again:  When a question is answered incorrectly, the student is given the option to try it again (for no point credit) or continue with the lesson.
  • Maximum number of attempts:  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.
    • This setting works in combination with the above setting (provide option to try a question again), or independently
      • When ‘provide an option to try again’ is set to NO, students will be able to retake the question as many times as it is set here WITH a score penalty
      • When ‘provide an option to try again’ is set to YES, students will be able to retake the question as many times as it is set here WITHOUT a score penalty
  • Action after correct answer:  After answering a question correctly, there are 3 options for the following page:
    • Normal:  Follow the normal lesson path
    • Show an unseen page:  Pages are shown in random order with no page shown twice
    • Show an unanswered page:  Pages are shown in random order, with pages containing unanswered questions shown again
  • Number of pages to show:  You only need this if you have set “Action after a correct answer” to show an unseen or unanswered page.  Otherwise, all pages will be seen.

Under the Grade tab:
Set a grade and grade category here.

  • Practice lesson:  Practice lessons can be saved; this means they will appear in the reports (but not in the gradebook).  You must enable the “re-takes allowed” setting if you want students to be able to attempt a practice Lesson several times.
  • Custom scoring:  Each answer may be given a numerical point value (positive or negative).
  • Re-takes allowed:  Allows students to attempt the Lesson more than once.  This setting only applies to lessons containing Question pages.  Lessons containing Content pages can be re-taken even if ‘Re-takes allowed’ is set to NO.
  • Handling of re-takes:  If re-takes are allowed, this setting specifies whether the grade for the lesson is the mean or maximum of all attempts.
  • Minimum number of questions:  Set the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a student’s score.  If the lesson contains one or more Content pages, the minimum number of questions should be set to zero.  *If you are using this setting, add some explanatory text at the start of the lesson so students know the minimum number of questions they must answer in order to receive a grade.  For example, if the minimum number of questions is set to 20, we recommend you add text to the opening page of the lesson:  “In this lesson you are expected to attempt at least 20 questions.  You can attempt more if you wish.  However, if you attempt less than 20 questions, your grade will be calculated as though you attempted 20”.

Common module settings and Restrict access:  We recommend you leave the default options for these two tabs.

Building the 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 created by the teacher or imported. The teacher decides the order in which these pages appear.

You need to have a clear idea beforehand of what you want to do with this lesson. Is it to be a graded, linear learning experience? Or an ungraded, non-linear practice session? Will students be able to go back and revisit areas or is it just a once-only opportunity?

Adding Content and Questions to Your Lesson

Once you have set up your Lesson with the Lesson Settings (above), click “Save and display”.  You will be taken to the screen shown in the image below.  (If you click “Save and return to course” instead, click on the name of the Lesson on your main cuLearn course page).

Import Questions

If you have questions in Aiken format, you can import them into your Lesson by clicking the Import questions link.

Adding a Cluster

A cluster is a group of question pages which will be offered randomly to a student as they work through the lesson.  It is best if you have made the question pages beforehand and can then decide where to mark the start and end of the cluster.  The start is marked by a “cluster” page and the end by an “end of cluster” page.

Adding Content Pages

This is a page where you can provide information that helps move the lesson forward but does not require students to answer specific questions.  Students will see the page’s title, some information and then one or more buttons at the bottom to select.  When the student clicks on a button, they go to the next page but their choice is NOT scored.

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