Lesson overview and settings

The lesson activity module enables instructors 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, instructors 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 answer and how the instructor develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page, or redirected down a different path.

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

There are 2 basic Lesson page types that the student will see: question pages and content pages. There are also several advanced navigational pages which can meet more specialized needs of the Instructor. The Lesson module was designed to be adaptive and to use a student's choices to create a self directed lesson.

To add a lesson to your CourseSpaces course page:

  • With the editing turned on, in the section you wish to add your lesson, click the Add an activity or resource link (or, if not present, the A" drop down menu). Choose Lesson and click Add.
  • This will take you to the Lesson settings page.



Note: Click on General to view the settings.


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


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.

Progress bar

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

*Note: There are currently some issues with the lesson progress bar not displaying as expected.

Display ongoing score

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

Display left menu

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

Minimum grade to display menu

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.


Please note that slideshow mode currently does not work for CourseSpaces. Slideshow is chosen if you want your Lesson displayed as a slideshow with fixed width, height and custom background colour. The administrator sets the defaults for these in Settings>Site Administration>Plugins>Activity modules>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.

Use 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 CourseSpaces's default feedback will appear.

Link to next activity

Choose this to give students a link to another activity when they reach the end of the lesson. (Note: this can also be achieved using Conditional activities)


Available from/Deadline

Here you can set a start and end date for 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.

Password protected lesson

Change to Yes and enter the password if you want students only to access it when they know the password.

Prerequisite lesson

Dependent on

This allows access to the lesson to be dependent on students' performance in another lesson in the same course. (Note: this can also be achieved with Conditional activities)

Flow control

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).

TIP: Leave this off if you are using essay questions.

Maximum number of attempts

Decide 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 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.

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.


Grade and Grade category

Set a grade and grade category here.

Grade to pass

Here you can set a minimum grade required to pass the activity. In the gradebook, passed grades will be displayed in Green and failed grades in red. 

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 Scoring

Use this to give a particular number score (negative or positive) to each answer

Re-takes allowed

Choose 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.

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.

Activity Completion

Require time spent

If you would like to set a minimum amount of time required for students to sepnd in a lesson activity, enable this setting. This setting will require students to be in the activity for a set time period or more e.g. 30 mins. Failure to spend the required time in the activity will result in a student not recieving a completion mark for this activity.

Require time spent