Moodle: The Lesson Tool

The Lesson tool is particularly useful for automated content. It takes time to set up, but once in place can be used by students with little faculty intervention. A lesson can be small amounts of text, followed by a question that can be graded, with branches to retake the question if wrong or move on if right. Or this tool can be set up as flashcard practice. Another use would be a simulation with real choices and then possible implications from those choices. It is best to develop a lesson flowchart on paper before beginning to enter text into this tool due to the complex possibilities.

Some possible activities in a flowchart:

One-path automated content and question


Simulations of Case Studies

Multilearner Styles and Choices

I. Add the Lesson and its Settings

1. Log into Moodle and open the course that you would like to add a lesson to. From the OU Moodle homepage, click on the button in the top-right corner that says "Turn editing on".

Turn Editing On Button

2. Find the topic area or week where you would like to add the lesson, and click the drop down list that says "Add an activity". Select Lesson from the list. A form will appear for you to choose your setting for the lesson tool. Below are the possibilities. Click on the question marks to find out more about each setting.

Recommended Setting
Make it relevant to the topic of the lesson.
Time Limit
Maximum number of answers/branches
Practice lesson
Custom scoring
Maximum grade
Range is 0 to 100. Percentage of overall grade in course.
Student can retake
Handling of retakes
Use maximum
Display ongoing score
Allow student review
Display review button
Maximum number of attempts
Action after correct answer
Normal - follow lesson path: Students will go straight through lesson, following the jumps you specify
Minimum number of questions
Range is 0 to 100
Number of pages (cards) to show
Range is 0 to 100
Slide show
Slide show width
Slide show height
Background color
Display left menu
Password protected lesson
Yes or no
Your choice. Tell your students the password so they can access the lesson.
First day you would like it to be available
Last day students can take lesson.
Tree view
Display high scores
Number of high scores displayed
Use the lesson as defaults
Yes if you think you will be creating more lessons with this same basic format
Visible to students
Show if you will be able to finish.
Hide the lesson until you are done so that students cannot access a half completed lesson.

3. Once you have the settings the way you like them, click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom. (You can always come back and change them later by clicking the "Edit lesson settings" button in the top right corner of every page.)

II. Choosing and Adding Pages

Branch Table--This type of page acts as an index page or a choice page that has links without any questions on it.

Question Page--This type of page has room for as much text as needed and then one question. Or you can just create a series of questions, using one page per question. If you want to create a series of pages for study, much like flashcards, you would only need question pages, randomized and able to be retaken. You may import your questions.


1. Add a Question Page

Click the link that says "Add a Question Page here". Choose a question type from the tabs at the top of the form.

Tree View

First Page View


2. Add a Branch Table (Index Page or Branch Page)

If you would like to add a page without a question, you can do that as well. When looking at the Lesson page, click on the link that says "Add a branch table". These are helpful for creating Table of Contents pages at the beginning of lessons, or for creating different paths through the lesson. You still have up to 4 different paths to create, similar to the four answers for a multiple choice question, but branch tables do not have a point value assigned to them. You will still have to specify the Jumps for each button. These can always be changed later by clicking on the hand icon next to the title of the branch table.


3. Add a Cluster (a group of pages with one question on each page)

4. Check navigation

When finished making pages, it's important to check your navigation as a student.



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