Using a database in your topic is a way to allow students to create content and interact with others. Students have the opportunity to teach and learn from their peers by making considered decisions about resources that require critical thinking, and supporting their choices through debate (comments). The content created can become a legacy or resource/exemplar for another (future) topic.

The database entries need to be exported/imported separately if you want to use the database in another site (eg the topic's next version) – only the database shell will be copied over. Consult your eLearning support team 

The database tool enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (ie records). The structure of the entries is defined by the teacher as a number of fields. The visual layout of information when listing, viewing or editing database entries may be controlled by database templates. A teacher can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grades which is recorded in the gradebook.

Activities using the database tool could include:

  • a collaborative collection of web links, books, book reviews, journal references, etc
  • to display student-created photos, posters, websites or poems for peer comment and review.


Getting started with the database tool

To get started with the database tool, see creating a database.


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