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Instructors - Creating and Managing Lessons

Adding a new lesson

1. Click Lessons of the classroom in which you want to add a new lesson.

2. Click +Add Lesson.

3. Create Lesson window opens. Type in the lesson title in the text box.

4. Select the required Level from the drop-down list.

5. Type in the Learning Goals. Learning Goals help to specify the goals of the lesson to the learners. It gives a quick summary of what the learner can expect from the lesson.

6. Open the Sharing pane and select the classrooms with which you want to share your lesson.

7. Select the Publish on date and time. It is the date and time from which the lesson will be available to learners for reading.

Note: It is not compulsory to set the Publish on date and time. If Publish on date and time is not selected, then by default that current date and time of the lesson publishing will be considered as the Publish on date.

8. Select the Publish to date and time. Its the date and time until which the lesson will be available to the students for reading.

 

9. Click and open the Appearance pane to upload cover and background image of your liking.

The cover image will appear as the header image on every lesson page.

The background image will be set as the background for every lesson.

10. In the Tags pane, type in any tag(s) to be associated with your lesson.

11. Click Save Lesson & Add Lesson Pages to save the lesson. After this you can add a new lesson page.

Note: The lesson will be saved as draft by default. Even if you have set a Publish on date, the lesson will NOT get auto-published. Read the article on "Publishing and Unpublishing a Lesson" for more details.

Adding a new lesson page

Once you have created a lesson, you can add any number of pages to it.

1. Click + on the lesson landing page.

2. Type in the title of the lesson page.

3. Type in the content of the lesson page and add the required attachments. You can use rich text editor to quickly format the text, such as:

  • Inserting an image
  • Embedding a YouTube video
  • Inserting mathematical equations
  • Using templates
  • Making the editor full screen

4. Click Save Lesson Page as Draft to save the lesson page as draft.  To save and publish the lesson page, click Save Lesson Page & Publish. To add a new lesson page to this lesson, click Publish & Add New Lesson Page.

Note: Publishing a lesson page does NOT publish the lesson. A lesson could be published and still have draft lesson pages. In that case, learners would be able to see only the published lesson pages and not the draft ones.

Managing lesson pages

1. Click Manage Lesson Pages on the required lesson's landing page.

2. In the Reorder & Manage Lesson Pages window all the lesson page(s) are displayed.

3. Three options are available to manage lesson pages. You can edit the lesson page, delete the lesson page or change the lesson page visibility for users (hiding it or making it visible).

Note: Deleting a lesson page is permanent and the content cannot be retrieved once deleted.

4. You can rearrange the order of the lesson pages by dragging the lesson pages into the required sequence.

5. Click Save Order to save the lesson pages in new order.

6. A confirmation message appears at the top of the lesson landing page.

Editing a lesson

1. Click Lessons of the classroom in which you want to add a new lesson.

2. Click down arrow button in the Actions column of the required lesson.

3. Select Edit from the drop-down list.

4. Edit the lesson details as per your requirement and click Update.  

5. A confirmation message appears at the top of that lesson landing page.

Lesson settings

While adding a new lesson you can configure the lesson settings as per your requirements. The lesson settings include Sharing, Publish Dates, Appearance, and Tags panes. You will learn about these settings in this article.

Note: You can edit the lesson settings later.

Lesson settings

1. Click and expand Sharing pane.

2. Click the Classrooms textbox and select the required classroom from the list of My classrooms. My classrooms refers to the classrooms created by you.

3. Click the Lock icon. When the lock is unlocked, the lesson is shared to the Lesson Bank. By default the lesson is set as Private and will be visible only within the classrooms it has been shared with.

4. Click and expand Publish Dates pane.

5. Set Publish and To dates as per your requirement.

6. Click and expand Appearance pane.

7. Add cover and background images to the lesson as per your requirement.

8. Click and expand Tags pane.

9. You can add a tag to your lesson. For this, type out the relevant tag name under Tags.

10. Tag will prove useful when someone searches it in the lesson bank; he/she would be able to find the lesson and use it as per their requirement. Search is the primary use for which tags are added.

Note: The Instructors can search the lessons which are public using tags in the lesson bank. In case a lesson is private and an instructor tries to search it using a tag, then nothing will show up in the result.

Editing a lesson page

1. Navigate to the required lesson whose lesson page you want to edit.

Editing a lesson page

2. Click Manage Lesson Pages.

3. Click Edit of the required lesson page.

4. Make the required changes and click Save Lesson Page.

Note: Click Publish & Add New Lesson Page to save the changes you made in the current page and proceed further to add new lesson pages. Click View changes to view the changes made during the edit. Click Delete Lesson Page to delete the lesson page.

5. A confirmation message appears.

Lesson page settings

As an instructor, you can configure lesson pages settings anytime. The lesson page settings include Files, Links, Videos, Assessments and Appearance panes. You will learn about these settings in this article.

Note: You can change the settings of a lesson page later while editing it.

Lesson page settings

A brief description of lesson page settings is tabulated as follows:

For additional information about lesson page settings, see section, “Adding resources to a lesson page

Saving a lesson/lesson page as draft

2. Click Save Lesson & Add Lesson Pages to save the lesson.

3. Lesson will be saved as draft and will be shown on the lessons listing page with a Draft label.

4. While adding lesson pages, click Save Lesson Page as Draft to save the lesson page as draft.

Note: A lesson could be published and still have draft lesson pages. In that case, learners will be able to see only the published lesson pages and not the draft ones.

5. A confirmation message appears. Lesson page will be saved as draft and will be shown under Table of contents with a Draft label.

Note: The drafted lesson page will be visible only to those instructors who can edit this lesson.

Publishing drafted lesson pages

Drafted lesson pages are the lesson pages that are unpublished and cannot be seen by learners.

Note 1: A lesson could be published and still have draft lesson pages. In that case, learners will be able to see only the published lesson pages and not the draft ones.

Note 2: The drafted lesson page will be visible only to those instructors who can edit this lesson.

1. Navigate to the required lesson.

2. Click Manage Lesson Pages.

Note: You can view the drafted lesson pages under the Table of contents with a Draft label.

3. Click tick of the drafted lesson page that you wish to publish.

Note: Similarly, you can tick the published lesson pages again to mark them as draft. The tick mark box of the published lesson pages will be highlighted in dark blue.

4. Click Save Order.

5. The drafted lesson page will be published.

Sharing a lesson with multiple classrooms

1. Add a new lesson.

Note: You can also edit an existing lesson to share it with multiple classrooms.

2. Click and expand Sharing pane.

3. Click on the Classrooms box and select the required classroom from the list of My classrooms. My classrooms refers to the classrooms created by you.

4. After you have shared a lesson with multiple classrooms, you will see a label displaying the number of classrooms on the lesson landing page with which the lesson is shared. For instance, the following screen shot shows a lesson being shared with 3 classrooms.

5. Click on the label. A list of the classrooms with which the lesson is shared will be displayed.

6. You can access only those classrooms with which you are associated. They will be highlighted in blue and will be clickable.

7. You will not be able to access the classrooms with which you are not associated. They will be highlighted in blue and will not be clickable. You need to be associated with a classroom to access it from here.

Adding an instructor to collaborate on a lesson

The added instructor can collaborate on the lesson by adding lesson page(s).

1. Select the required classroom from the top navigation bar.

2. Click down arrow button of See everyone.

3. Select Add People from the drop-down menu.

4. Select the Instructor role within the classroom from the drop-down menu.

5. Type in the user name of the Instructor whom you want to add. Select from the list of suggestions, and click Add people.

6. A confirmation message appears. The instructor is added to the classroom with an Instructor role at site level.

Collaborating on a lesson

1. Click Lessons of the required classroom in which you have been added.

Collaborating on a lesson

2. Select the required lesson.

3. Click + on the lesson landing page.

4. Add a new lesson page and click Save Lesson Page & Publish.

5. A confirmation message appears at the top of the lesson page. The added lesson page will also be visible under Table of contents.

Copying an existing lesson in your classroom

1. Click Lessons of the required classroom.

2. Click Copy in the Actions column of the lesson which needs to be copied.

3. The copy lesson window will open. Type in the New Title for the copied lesson. Only the title of the copied lesson will be changed.

4. Select the classroom(s) you want the copied lesson to be shared with. You can select multiple classrooms, if required by pressing Ctrl and selecting the classrooms.

5. Click Copy.

6. A confirmation message appears at the top of the lesson listing page. The newly created lesson is a copy of the existing lesson. You can make changes to the newly copied lesson as you wish or share it with multiple classrooms without having to make changes in the existing lesson. It will make your life easy!

Note: The copied lesson will be in draft mode, you need to publish the lesson for making it available to the learners in the classroom.

Copying a lesson from Lesson Bank

1. On the landing page, click Locker.

2. Select Lesson Bank.

3. Use the filters available to locate the lesson you wish to copy.

4. Click Copy from the Actions column.

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

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

7. Select Copy.

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

Publishing and unpublishing a lesson

When a lesson is published, it becomes accessible to all the users of the classroom it is shared with. Similarly if you unpublish a lesson, then it is no longer accessible to learners of the classroom it has been shared with.

1. A lesson which is not published will have Draft written as a superscript to the lesson name on the lesson landing page.

2. You can publish a lesson while you are viewing it. Simply click Publish.

3. A confirmation message appears and the button label will change to Unpublish.

4. Click Unpublish to unpublish the lesson.

5. A confirmation message appears and the button label will change to Publish.

Ordering lessons within a classroom

1. Click Lessons of the required classroom.

Ordering lessons within a classroom

2. Order lessons sequence accordingly by dragging and dropping the lesson to the required place.

3. Click Save to change the order of the lessons.

4. The order of the lessons changes accordingly.

Deleting a lesson

1. Click Lessons of the classroom in which you want to delete a new lesson.

2. Click down arrow button in the Actions column of the lesson which needs to be deleted.

3. Select Delete from the drop-down list.

4. Deleting the lesson will also delete all lesson pages inside the lesson. If you agree, click Yes, Delete the Lesson.

5. A confirmation message appears.

Note: Once a lesson is deleted, it is removed permanently. The content cannot be recovered later.

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