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When using a lesson tool to provide a linear or non-linear way through content and activities using an interactive approach, the five stage looped process described below will assist with making the most out of this tool.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  ||  Support 

Lesson iconThe lesson tool 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 or nonlinear lessons. Created using a combination of content pages and/or question page, the lesson tool offers a variety of paths or options for the learner. Depending on how the lesson is set up, 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.

The lesson tool may be used for a range of purposes, such as:

  • for self-directed learning of a new topic or module;
  • for scenarios or simulations/decision-making exercises;
  • to provide students with guided steps (instructions) for learning activity(ies);
  • for self-assessment/knowledge checks;
  • to test understanding of content (eg a post-lecture tutorial); 
  • for differentiated revision, with different sets of revision questions depending upon answers given to initial questions.

Example in FLO

To get started, it is worth reviewing an example interactive activity built in the lesson tool held within the Collections. The digital safety awareness training as built for students in EDUC3618 (School of Education) to introduce them to common dangers of technologies. What features of this lesson do you like and would consider using? What ideas have you drawn from reviewing another lesson? How can you use this knowledge to plan your own lesson? 

The lesson tool is adaptable for presenting content and questions to students in an interactive way, similar to elearning authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline, but without the steep learning curve or SCORM FLO integration problems.


1. Plan

A lesson activity is used to direct students through content and sometimes questions in an interactive way. While the lesson tool layout looks like a slide-by-slide approach, the design is set to ensure easy navigation through the 'slides' of content and into relevant questions. It is a worthwhile exercise to first plan the 'slides' you will need and what content will be placed upon them. Try drawing the pages out on a piece of paper to help you visual the slides and how they will link to each other - will it be in a straight line (linear) or based on the student response, direct them to another section or question (non-linear)? 

Planning your lesson– tips 

 Whether you are starting from scratch or revising a current lesson, these prompts may help: 

  • What principle/knowledge are you delivering – does the lesson item enable this? 
  • Line up lesson components against the learning objectives/outcomes (you could include this information in the introductory page) 
  • Connect the activities within the lesson with Bloom's level/s of taxonomy – again, what is being taught/learnt? 
  • Be creative – you could use scenarios structure, embed videos or other resources, provide learning pathways (e.g. hints, tips, more information, think again) for students' choices 
  • Provide opportunities for students to check their understanding without summative assessment
 


2. Build

You have planned your lesson and are now ready to set up your first lesson activity. 

    1. The settings
    2. Build a lesson


    3. Test

    The purpose of testing your lesson is to determine if the steps you have provided behalf as expected and to ensure the content displays as expected.

    • Switch roles (Profile>Switch role to...>Student) to preview the lesson as your students will


    4. Administer

    The requirement to manage your lesson will depend if you have any questions included in the lesson and whether these are graded or not.



    5. Review

    It is recommended that your review your lesson activity prior to each use (availability) if the lesson has graded content.


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