Build a Lesson

Before you build your lesson, you will need to create the lesson activity and configure the settings. See the lesson overview page.

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? You may want to diagram this with pen and paper before designing the lesson online.

Adding content and questions to your lesson

  • When you have set up your lesson with the Lesson settings, click "Save and display" and you will be taken to the screen in the screenshot below.
  • If you click "Save and return to course" instead, then click the "update" icon next to the lesson on the page and click "edit" in Administration >Lesson Administration

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  • Import questions and add a cluster are advanced features.

Add a content page

  • This is a page where a teacher can provide information to move the lesson forward but without requiring the student to answer specific questions.
  • The student sees 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.


  • The title of a content page appears to the student at the top of the page.
  • A teacher will also see the title in the collapsed edit mode when they are working on the Lesson, and they will also be able to choose the title (and hence this page) from the drop down "jump" lists.
  • The title in a content page is also used with the "display left menu" setting.


  • Here the teacher writes the words they want the student to click on to get to the next part of the lesson.
  • These words will appear to the student as a button.
  • The teacher can check the box to have the buttons appear horizontally, or uncheck it for them to appear centered vertically.


  • There are 4 format types to choose from when editing text in the content description box. If you wish to have the usual rich text editing icons, choose HTML format. (Note - once you have selected an option, you cannot then go back and change your mind!) However, if you DO choose HTML format, be warned that the student will not see the changes (such as bold or different colours) in the button.

Number of options available

How many of these you have depends on your choice in the Maximum Number of Answers setting in Lesson settings.

The jump

  • Each Description in a Content page has a Jumps menu. "Jumps" take a student from one page to another.
  • A "relative jump" is "next page" or "end of lesson" whereas an "absolute jump" gives the actual name of a page.
  • The teacher chooses from the dropdown the correct page to send the student to if they click on the button that will be made from this particular description. Any pages created by the teacher will have their titles appear in this dropdown, allowing them to be selected.
  • When a student clicks on a description button, they are sent to the page defined in the Jump associated with the button.

Add a question page

  • From this link you can choose from a variety of question types which will then be added as pages to your lesson:

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  • The format of question pages is similar to content pages.
  • A typical question page could include:
    • Title - the name the student sees at the top of the question page.
    • Page contents - the actual question

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    • Answer/Response/Format/Jump/Score as in the screenshot below:

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Question types

  • The student is given a question and a list of answers. The answer list will be shuffled every time the question is view by a student. By default they choose one answer but you can check the box "multiple answer" to allow them to choose more than one answer.
  • Students can write a longer answer as part of the lesson and this can be graded manually by the teacher. If the main purpose of your lesson is for students to write an essay, consider the Assignment module instead.
  • This allows you to set up lists which must be matched against other lists, for instance, words, pictures, numbers etc. The student must match all correctly to receive the score.
  • This requires a number as an answer. A number within a range may also be accepted as correct. The range separator to be used is the colon : For example, to accept as correct any number between 10 and 12 (10, 11 and 12) you would type 10:12 in the Answer box.
Short answer
  • A student must provide a single word or short phrase answer. The teacher must anticipate the possible answers and enter them in the Jump dropdown boxes, using ** wild cards if appropriate.
  • The student is given a sentence and must decide if it is true or false.

Moving your lesson forward

  • Once you have added your first content or question page, you reach the next screen which displays your page title/type/jumps (ie where the responses take the student to) and actions you can take next:

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  • The Actions icons allow you to move (if you have more than one), edit, preview or delete your pages.

  • The drop down allows you to create another page of your choice:

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  • Note you can have a collapsed or expanaded view.

Ending your lesson

  • To bring the lesson to a close, select the "End of Lesson" option from the Jump menu on any relevant pages.
  • The student will then see a generic message with a direction back to the main course page or to view their grades.