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Creating and Managing Lessons

A lesson is a place where learning is intended to occur. A lesson is made up of a number of lesson pages. A lesson page contains content such as links, videos, audios, documents (word, PDF etc) and the instructor can also embed content of other external sites such as YouTube. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create and manage lessons.

This article will guide you on:

Adding a new lesson

1. Click Materials of the required classroom.

Adding a new lesson

2. You can also access lessons of a classroom by clicking Materials from that classroom's landing page.

3. Add a new lesson within any section of your choice by hovering your mouse pointer over the empty space below or above any material and click + Add Lesson.

4. Select Create Lesson.

5. Enter the lesson title.

6. Click Create Lesson or just press Enter.

7. Here it is! Your lesson is created, you will see a success message saying that your lesson is created.

Adding lesson goals

After you have added a lesson, you can add lesson goals. Lesson goals gives learners a quick summary about what they are going to learn from the lesson.

Adding lesson goals

1. Delete the default lesson goals (Goal One, Goal Two, Goal Three) and type out the required goals for the lesson.

2. You can format your lesson descriptions/goals using the supported rich text formatting tools. Rich text will support the following options: Bold, Italics, Underline, Hyperlink, Bulleted List, Numbered List and Blockquote. You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts to format your task descriptions/goals:

  1. Bold :ctrl+b
  2. Underline: ctrl+u
  3. Italic: ctrl+i

Note: Once a word/phrase is hyperlinked, clicking on it will allow you to modify the URL. For a learner, clicking on the link will open the link in a new tab.

3. Do not worry about saving your changes, whatever changes are made during the lesson creation or during editing will get auto-saved. Yay!

Adding a new lesson page

The new lesson interface lets you create lesson pages in a jiffy. You can now simply drag and drop media to add them to the lesson page. Let's see how you can create lesson pages without breaking a sweat.

1. Click Page One.

Note: Page One will be added by default when you add a new lesson.

2. The Page will be in preview mode. click Edit Lesson Page or Edit to add content to your lesson page.

3. Click the default Page One title for the lesson page.

4. Rename the lesson page name as per your requirement.

5. You can also rename a lesson page directly by clicking the pencil icon that appears on hovering over the title of the lesson page.

Tip: Rename lesson pages directly without opening them can prove to be helpful in case you want to create all your lesson pages first and then add content in them later. This helps quickly create an overall structure of a lesson.

6. Rename the lesson page as per your requirement and press Enter. Your lesson page will be created.

7. Click + Add Lesson Page to add a new lesson page and then rename it as shown in the previous step.

8. Similarly, you can add more number of lesson pages as per your requirement.

Adding content to a lesson page

After you have added your lesson page(s), you can add content to your lesson page in a very convenient, interesting and efficient manner. Let's show you how you can do this.

1. Click the lesson page to which you want to add some content.

2. The lesson page creation form opens. Click Edit Lesson page or Edit to start

3. To add a heading in a lesson page, click Heading.

4. Add the required content to your heading.

5. In case you need to delete the heading, click trash on the right side of the heading.

6. Click Text Box to add an item with a title and description.

7. Add the title. You can remove the title by clicking Remove Title.

8. Enter the description as per your wish.

9. Description supports rich text (bold, italics, underline, hyperlink, blockquotes, bulleted and numbered lists. So make the most of it!

10. Drag any corner of the text box to resize it.

11. To delete a text box, hover over it and click trash on the right side of the heading.

Note: No confirmation message will be shown when you click the delete icon to delete the text box. Deleting a text box will cause other items below it to shift vertically up to fill up its space.

12. Click Blocks to add items to your lesson page with pre-defined layouts.

13. Pick a layout of a block.

14. After picking a block layout, you can add items to it by:

  • Adding text box
  • Uploading files from the system (by selecting files from the system or dragging and dropping them)
  • Adding link or embedding content from external websites
  • Adding files from your Google Drive

Tip: Refer to this video to know more about 'Blocks'.

15. Click Upload.

16. Click Select Files to select the files from your computer.

17. Or you can quickly add files by dragging and dropping them from your computer on to your lesson page.

Tip: Now, you can drop files anywhere within the lesson page and expect it to stay wherever it is dropped. The file will intuitively adapt to the items in its proximity and fit in perfectly. Snug fit as you may like.

Also, you can move around any item by dragging it (Earlier we had a vertical bar on the left end of every item, which people found a bit inconvenient to drag.)

18. Click Embed.

19. Paste the hyperlink that you wish to add to your lesson page and click Done.

20. If you paste any article's link, then the title, thumbnail and description of the article will be fetched and displayed automatically. It really look cool that way!

21. In case you are pasting the link of a Youtube or Vimeo video, then an embedded player will be automatically displayed. You can play the video as soon you add it.

Note: If you are of the adventurous kind, you can also paste any iframe or embed script to embed different kinds of widgets.

Tip: You can also directly embed a YouTube video into your lesson page by pasting its Embed code URL. To get the embed code of a YouTube video, visit its YouTube page, click Embed and copy the HTML code of the video.

22. You can also add files from your Google drive. For this, click Google Drive.

Note: It is recommended to login with your Google account to use Google Integration feature effectively. For additional information about logging in with your Google account, see section, “Logging in with your Google account”.

23. Select the required file from Google Picker.

Note: You can select multiple files by pressing the ctrl key on your keyboard and then selecting the required files by clicking on them once. Then click Select.

24. You can also highlight any item on the lesson page by changing its color. We provide you with two colors using which you can make specific items in your lesson page stand out as compared to the rest of the stuff. All you need to do is hover over the lesson page item (in Edit mode) and choose the color from the color panel located at the right end of the item.

25. Click Preview to see how your lesson page panned out.

Tip: You cannot make edits in Preview mode.

26. Click Mobile View to see the mobile version of this page using your desktop/laptop browser.

27. You will be able to view how your lesson will look on your mobile device. Cool, Isn't it!? Click Desktop View to revert to the default desktop view.

28. You can navigate to next or previous page (if any) by using the breadcrumbs at the bottom of the lesson page.

29. Click the lesson name breadcrumb to navigate back to the lesson landing page.

30. You will be able to view all the lesson pages. You can manage your lesson and lesson pages from here.

Adding a quiz in a lesson page

You can link a Teamie quiz to a lesson which will allow learners to attempt them in a sequence and facilitate learning. Let’s see how you can do it.

1. Click the lesson page to which you want to add the quiz.

3. Go to the required quiz that you wish to add to the lesson page and click Preview this Online Quiz now.

4. Copy the URL of the quiz from the address bar.

5. On the lesson page (in edit mode), click Text Box to add an item. Enter the required text which you wish to hyperlink the quiz. For example, “Click here to go to the associated quiz”.

6. Select the text you wish to hyperlink. For example, in the above step you can select the word “here” in the sentence “Click here to go to the associated quiz”. Then, click link icon from the menu that appears above the text.

7. Paste the hyperlink in the Enter link box and click Save. Publish the lesson page and the lesson so that the learner can have acces to it.

After reading the lesson, the learner can click this link and it will take the learner directly to the quiz. The quiz opens in a new tab of the browser so when learners are done taking the quiz they can simply close the tab and return to the lesson, if there is more material to cover.

Editing a lesson page

Whenever you access any lesson page, it will be in Preview mode, and you would not be able to add content to it. You can make changes to your lesson page content only in the Edit mode. Let's see how you can edit a lesson page.

1. Click on a lesson page.

2. Click Edit.

3. Now the lesson page can be edited and you can make changes in its content as per you requirements.

Publishing a lesson

By default the newly added lesson will be in draft mode unless you publish it or set an Available From date for it so that lesson gets auto-published.. Let's see how you can publish a lesson.

Note: Published lesson can have unpublished lesson pages.

1. Click Publish.

2. The lesson will be published and learners will be able to access it. Click Revert to Draft to put the lesson in draft mode again.

3. You can also publish a lesson from the lesson list view / card view. Hover over the lesson and click eye to publish the lesson.

4. Click eye again to put the lesson in draft mode.

Publishing a lesson page

By default when you add a lesson page to a lesson, it will be in draft mode.

Note: Learners will be able to access the published lesson pages only when the lesson is published.

1. On the lesson creation page, hover over the lesson page you wish to publish and click the eye.

2. The lesson page will be published. Click the eye again to put the lesson page in draft mode.

3. You can also publish a lesson page by opening it and clicking Publish.

Deleting a lesson

You can delete a lesson page from the lesson creation page or the lesson card/list view. Deleting a lesson will delete all its lesson pages (published and unpublished).

Note: Lesson deletion is permanent; lessons once deleted cannot be recovered.

1. On the lesson listing page, hover over the lesson click delete.

2. A confirmation message appears. Click Yes, Delete! if you are sure about deleting the lesson.

3. Similarly, you can delete a lesson from the lesson creation page.

Deleting a lesson page

Both published and unpublished lesson pages can be deleted from a lesson.

Note: Once a published lesson page is deleted, learners won't be able to access it. Deleted lesson pages cannot be recovered.

1. On the lesson creation page, hover over the lesson page that you wish to delete and click Delete.

2. You can also open a lesson page and click Delete to delete that lesson page.

3. A confirmation message appears. Click Yes, Delete! if you are sure about deleting the lesson page.

Sharing a lesson with multiple classrooms

You may choose to share your lessons with multiple classrooms you are member of, while adding a new lesson or while editing an existing lesson. The shared lesson will be available for readers in all the classrooms it is shared with after it is published.

To share a lesson with multiple classrooms, follow these steps:

1. On the lesson creation page, click Classrooms box.

2. You will see a list of classrooms you are member of. Select the classrooms you wish to share your lesson with from the drop-down list. The lesson will be shared with the selected classrooms.

3. Your progress will be auto-saved, once you select the classroom from the drop-down list.

4. You can also search a classroom by typing its name and then selecting the classroom from the drop-down list.

Sharing a lesson with any classroom

As an instructor, sometime you may wish to share a lesson with classrooms that you are not member of. To do this, you would be required to have "Share with any classrooms" permission and this permission can be granted to you by your site administrator.

Once you have this permission, you will see an extra category in the classroom selection drop-down list called as "Other Classrooms". This will give you the flexibility of sharing your lessons with classrooms that you are not member of. Let's see how you can share a lesson with a classroom you are not part of.

1. On the lesson creation page, click Classrooms box.

2. Start typing the classroom name with which you wish to share your lesson.

Note 1: Matching classrooms start appearing in the drop-down list after you enter at least 3 starting characters of the required classroom.

Note 2: By default, clicking on the 'Classrooms' box will show you the list of the classrooms that you are part of. The classrooms that you are not part of begin to appear under "Other Classrooms" only when you begin typing the name of a classroom.

3. Select the classroom you wish to share your lesson with from the drop-down list. The lesson will be shared with the selected classrooms. Your progress will be auto-saved, once you select the classroom(s) from the drop-down list.

Note: The lesson you have shared with classrooms that you are not member of, would appear as the last item in the last section of that classroom's Materials view

Sharing a lesson to the Lesson Bank

The Lesson Bank is one place to find all lessons that are made public. Within a given classroom, it is an easy way for instructors to share lessons among themselves. A Physics instructor can go to the lesson bank to copy a physics lessons, created by some other instructor in his/her classroom. Teamie creates a copy of that lessons and the instructor can make modifications to it, without affecting the original lesson.

1. Click Materials of the required classroom.

2. Click the required lesson.

3. On the lesson creation page, select Yes from the Share with lesson bank checkboxes.

Note: By default a newly added lesson will not be shared with the lesson bank.

4. The changes will be auto-saved and your lesson will now be available in the lesson bank. It can now be reused by other instructors in their classrooms.

Copying a lesson from Lesson Bank

1. Click Sliding menu and select Lesson Bank under Banks.

Copying a lesson from Lesson Bank

2. The lesson bank will open and you will see the list of lessons which have been marked as public or shared with the lesson bank. Use the filters available to locate the lesson you wish to copy.

3. Click Copy from the Actions column.

4. Type in the new title for the copied lesson.

5. Select classroom(s) you want your copied lesson to be be shared with.

6. Select Copy.

7. A confirmation message appears once a copy of the lesson has been created.

Ordering lessons within a classroom

As you know, new lessons can be at any location on the materials page (at top, at the bottom or between any two existing items). You can also change the order of the existing lessons as per your wish. Let's see how you can do it.

1. Click Materials of the required classroom.

2. Hold and drag the required lesson to the position of your choice on the materials page.

Note: You can also move a lesson from one section to another.

3. Drop the lesson at the required position.

4. Your lessons will be reordered accordingly on the lesson listing page.

Ordering lesson pages within a lesson

Ordering lesson pages within a lesson is as simple as dragging and dropping them in the required order. Let's show how simple it is.

1. Click the required lesson on the materials page.

2. The lesson will be expanded. Hold and drag the lesson page from the left.

3. Drop the lesson page at the required position.

4. The lesson pages will be reordered and will be available for learners in the same sequence when made available for reading.

Introducing card view and list view

Lessons can be viewed in two views, the card view and the list view. Both have their advantages, card view is a much detailed view while list view quickly lets you gather the required information about the lesson. You can switch between these two views and the choice will be remembered. This means that if you switch to list view in lessons listing page of one classroom and then navigate to lesson listing of another classroom, by default you will be shown the list view of that classroom's lesson.

Note: This toggle between card view and list view will not be remembered if you were to use a different browser or a different computer.

The card view of your lesson shows the following:

  • Lesson title
  • Number of pages in the lesson (including drafts)
  • The cover image of the lesson
  • Draft label (if the lesson is a draft lesson)
  • Reading progress bar, which shows number of learners who have not yet started reading, number of learners who are in progress (who have read a few pages of the lesson) and number of learners who have finished reading all the lesson pages
  • On hover, the publish and delete icon is shown. Clicking on the publish toggles the lesson between draft and publish. Clicking on delete lets you delete the lesson.
  • Clicking on the reading progress bar opens a popup that shows a categorized list of learners who have not yet started reading, who are in progress, and who have finished reading.
  • For the learners who have not yet started or who are in progress,you can click "Send Reminder" and type out a message to send out an email reminder.

The list view of your lesson shows the following:

  • Lesson title
  • Number of pages in the lesson (including drafts)
  • Draft label (if the lesson is a draft lesson)
  • A donut chart, which shows number of learners who have not yet started reading, number of learners who are in progress (who have read a few pages of the lesson) and number of learners who have finished reading all the lesson pages. The donut chart on hover shows the student progress as a pop over. On clicking the donut chart shows the learner progress.

Switching between card view and list view

You can switch between the card and the list view on the lesson listing page by a single click of your mouse.

1. Click list toggle.

2. The lesson on the lesson listing page will now be shown in the list view. To go back to the card view, click card toggle.

Sending Reminders

Sending reminders is a very useful feature which allows you to send email reminders to the learners who have not yet started reading the lesson or are in progress (who have read a few pages of the lesson). It is easy, fast and can be done in just a few clicks. Let us see how you can do it:

1. Click donut chart of the required lesson from the lesson list view.

Note: You can also click the reading progress bar instead of the donut chart to send reminders to learners.

2. The list of all the learners of the classroom in which the lesson is added will be shown divided into three categories: Completed, In Progress and Not Started. Click Send Reminder corresponding to Not Started to send reminder to the learners who have not yet started reading the lesson.

3. A Send Reminder box opens. The Subject and reminder body field will be pre-filled with the necessary details to send a quick reminder. You can edit it as per your convenience. The reminder body will also contain the link for learners to access the lesson directly from the email reminder. Click Send Email to send the reminder.

4. Similarly, you can click Send Reminder corresponding to In Progress section to send reminder to learners who are in progress (who have read a few pages of the lesson).

5.Click Send Email to send the reminder.

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