Database - create a database activity (step 1)

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database iconThis entry relates to the Database activity.

First you have to create the activity (steps below). This provides the 'shell' for the activity. Then you will need to build the database (fields and searchability) (step 2) and create templates to aid usability (step 3).

When setting up the conditions for adding entries, you can decide whether entries need to be approved, and whether/who to give ratings to entries (if ratings are used for marking). 


  1. Turn editing on using the green button – this button is available top left of screen on the topic homepage
     Turn editing on
  2. Go to the module where you would like the database to appear
  3. Click the Add an activity or resource link at the bottom of the module
    Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Database from Activities tab
    database icon
  5. In the General section enter a Name for the database and some text in the Description field explaining how the database will be used
    general section

  6. Under Entries, select: 
    o whether the topic coordinator/teacher's approval is required before the entry will display to other students in the database
    o whether it is allowed to edit the approved entries (this is disabled if no approval is required)
    o whether you will allow comments on entries
    o the number of entries required for completion per student for the activity to be considered complete
    o the number of entries required before viewing other students’ entries
    o the maximum number of entries any student can contribute to the database
    database entries screen

  7. If necessary, under Availability, enable the date fields and define the periods for which the database will be available for contributions, and in read-only form (Read only from) if applicable
    Timeline block: The 'Available to' date will show to students in the Timeline block.

    database availability

  8. Set up the Ratings system if you want students to rate entries. You must save the activity before the Roles with permission to rate will display – ask your eLearning support team to add students (permissions). You can:
    o tell FLO how to decide on a final rating (Aggregate type)
    o indicate whether to apply a Scale to the ratings
    o Restrict ratings to items with dates in the given date range

    database ratings

  9. You can set up activity completion for your database based on the below conditions 

  10. Complete the remainder of the page and click Save and display

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