How to Create a Moodle Lesson

Moodle lesson modules are actually a series of Web pages that teachers usually design to lead their students through the lessons. As you know, Moodle is simply a virtual learning environment which allows the teachers to compose online courses or even supplements to traditional classroom coursework.

Every lesson module can contain a range of materials like documents, audio and video clips, presentations, quizzes and online assignments, and links to the outside source materials. Teachers manage all the materials posted in every learning module and they must periodically update them so as to keep them current as well as relevant.

Moodle lesson has got a number of different formats which can be used to import the questions into the question bank categories and also as a lesson question pages. This includes some of the proprietary quiz software formats, text files, and Moodle formats.

How to Create a Moodle Lesson

Importing Questions From an Already Existing File

It’s possible to import the questions from a file on your computer or from a file which has been saved or even uploaded into your course files. You should know that the underlying character encoding of your file is very important. Always keep in mind that Moodle XML format is in fact the recommended import question type format since it enables the highest amount of question data, like feedback to be imported.

The Process of Question Bank Import

The question bank normally allows you a very great deal of flexibility when it comes to questions importation. To import questions into the Moodle’s question bank, make use of the question link in the course administration and then select the import tab. In many versions of Moodle lesson, it’s also possible to get to the screen while editing an already existing quiz.

The following is the process of importing question formats from the import tab:

  • First select the import tab
  • Then select the type of question to import
  • Generally, pick the category and determine if the context as well as the category information which maybe contained in a XML or GIFT file should be used.
  • Then select what ought to happen in case there are no grades or even if an error is detected in the process of importation.
  • Finally, determine the type of file to import. If you import from file upload, make use of the browse function in order to import a file from your computer. Then use the UPLOAD THIS FILE button so as to import the questions. If you import from a file that is already in the course files, a popup window can simply take you to the course files’ start page. Then you can make use of the IMPORT FROM THIS FILE button to import your questions.

Lesson Module Process

Do you know that the types of questions which can be imported into a lesson are absolutely similar to the question bank? In fact, lesson can only import from the file which is located on the teacher’s computer. The following is the lesson module process:

  •  In edit, by use of the expanded view, choose the position where the questions must be inserted into the lesson.
  •  Then click on the IMPORT THE QUESTION LINK between the pages.
  •  Choose the type of the file
  •  Make use of the browse function in order to find the file on the computer and
  •  Finally, import the file that you have selected.

Types of Questions

Multichoice – The students are given questions and also list of answers. The answer lists will be shuffled each time the questions are viewed by the students. By default, they can select one answer though you may check the box of the multiple answers in order to allow them select more than one answer.

Essay – a student may write a longer answer simply as part of the lesson which can be graded manually by the teachers. If the main reason of your lesson is for the students to write an essay, you can consider the assignment module instead.

Numerical– this needs a number as the answer. A number that is within a certain range can also be accepted as correct. Colon is the range separator to be used in this case.

Matching – this usually allows you to set up lists that must be matched against other types of lists such as words, numbers, and words. The students should match all correctly in order to receive the score.

Short answer – the student should provide a single word or even a short phrase answer. The teacher should then anticipate the possible answers which he or she should enter them in the jump drop-down boxes.

True or false questions – the students are given sentences and should decide whether it’s true or false.

How do both students and teachers interact with Moodle lessons after they have been created?

What the students see

A student clicking on a lesson will basically see an introductory page that contains one or even more buttons which they simply choose from in order to select the path that they wish to take. However, the display may vary with accordance to how the teacher has set up his/her lesson in lesson settings.

Students then progress through the lesson with the content pages or various types of question pages. Finally, the lesson is ended once the student has met the criteria that have been set by the teacher. This can be achieved by answering a given number of questions correctly, following a certain navigational path or even accessing a given number of pages with content that could be either in form of text, audio or video. A final page then appears where the students can check their score and return to the major course page.

What teachers see

A teacher clicking on a lesson can see the tabs at the top giving them the opportunity to preview, view reports, edit or even grade essays in the lesson. The edit tab allows the teacher to alter the lesson after it has been set up. The reports tab shows the students’ performance taking the lesson.

With these steps, creating a Moodle lesson is definitely an enjoyable activity.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.