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The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase 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 the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.

A lesson may be graded, with the grade recorded in the Gradebook.

Lessons may be used

  • For self-directed learning of a new topic

  • For scenarios or simulations/decision-making exercises

  • For differentiated revision, with different sets of revision questions depending upon answers given to initial questions

Step 1 Editing

Login to course and Turn editing on, located in the Course administration.

Turn editing on

Step 2 Add

Click on the “Add an activity or resource” Add an activity or resource, there is a pop-up window that will have all the activities and resources listed.

Add an activity or Resource clickable link

Step 3 General

GeneralNote: Click the “Show Advanced” button to the right if you don’t see all the options below.

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Name – The name you add here will be the link the students click on to get to your Lesson.

Time limit – This allows you to set a time limit on the lesson. Students will see a countdown counter as they work. The timer does not stop them doing the lesson when the time is up, but correct answers are no longer scored.

Available from/Deadline – Here you can set a start and end date and time for your Lesson.

Maximum Number of Answers – Here you can set the default number of answer boxes available when you add your question or content pages. For instance, if you are only going to use True/False, you would only need 2. You can change this at any time so it’s not crucial.

Password protected – Change to “Yes” and enter the password if you want students only to access it when they know the password.

Step 4 Grade

Grade Assign the MAX Grade, Specify the maximum grade 1-300pts. to be applied to the assignment. If you will not be giving a grade for the assignment, choose No Grade.

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Step 5

Grade Options

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Practice lesson - Use this if you don’t need the lesson to be scored/graded but just need students to work through some pages.

Custom ScoringUse this to give a particular number score (negative or positive) to each answer.

Re-takes allowedChoose this if you want your students to be able to do the lesson more than once.

Handling of re-takes - If you allow your students to re-take the lesson, then decide here if the grade for all lesson attempts is the mean or the maximum. Note that the Question Analysis always uses the answers from the first tries of the lesson. Re-takes by students are ignored.

Display ongoing score – Choose this to let students see their score as they work through the lesson.


Step 6

Flow Control - Note: Click the “Show Advanced” toggle button to the right if you don’t see all the options below.

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Allow Student Review -This puts a “Review Lesson” button on the last screen of the lesson to encourage the student to navigate through the lesson again from the start. Be sure to check other settings to allow them to change their answers. Provide option to try a question again – This displays a button after an incorrectly answered question so that the student can try again (but not get credit for it)

Maximum Number of AttemptsDecide here how many times you want students to be able to attempt each question. When they reach the maximum, they will be taken automatically to the next page. Action after a Correct Answer – Choose here where you want a student to be sent to if they get a question right. The options are:

  • the next part of the Lesson (default setting)
  • a random, unexpected page
  • a random page which they have not yet answered.

Display default feedback – Choose this if you want to show a set phrase regardless of their answer. If you have set your own default feedback such as “well done; correct” or “never mind; better luck next time” etc it will appear. If you have not, then Moodle’s default feedback will appear.

Progress bar - Choose this to show a bar at the bottom of the page showing how far into the lesson the student has got.

Display left menuChoose this if you want to show a list of the pages in the Lesson so a student can see what is coming up.

Display left menu only if grade greater than …% - Choose this if you want the student to go through the lesson (and get a grade) once and then, on review, to be able to see and navigate through all the different pages.

Number of pages to showYou 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.

Minimum Number of Questions

  • Set here the minimum number of questions that will be used to calculate a student’s score. Students will be told how many they have answered and how many more they need to answer.
  • If you are using Content pages, then set this to 0.
  • If you use this setting, then add some explanatory text at the start of the lesson so the student knows how many questions they must answer as a minimum. (They may answer more.

SideshowPlease note that sideshow mode currently does not work for Moodle 2. There is a tracker issue and patch here MDL-36673 Sideshow is chosen if you want your Lesson displayed as a sideshow with fixed width, height and custom background color.

Link to an activity - Choose this to give students a link to another activity when they reach the end of the lesson.

Step 7

Pop-up to file or web page - If you want to include a link to a file on the lesson page for students to refer to, upload it here.

Pop up to file or web page


Step 8

Dependent on - This allows access to the lesson to be dependent on students’ performance in another lesson in the same course.

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Step 9

Group settings, Group Mode – When course group mode is turned on, the group mode can be one of three levels: No groups, Separate groups or Visible groups.

Common Module settings

Step 10

Restrict access settings – The restrict access section asks for the conditions when the activity (or resource) should be visible. This can be based upon dates, and/or score ranges of other activities and/or if other activities are considered completed. Note that ALL access restrictions (date, grade condition, activity completion condition) have to be met in order for the activity to be made available. 

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Step 11

Save or Cancel

Save and return to course-Allows to save and go back to main Moodle page.

Save and display button image- Allows to save and display new page/activity. Best Option to choose

Cancel button image- will not save any changes, and send back to main Moodle page.


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