The Lesson activity (also known as the Lesson module) is a way of presenting content and quiz questions to your students. At its most basic, a Lesson activity can be used to present content in a linear fashion; the student progressing through the content by clicking a ‘continue’ button at the bottom of the page. Used to its full capacity, the Lesson activity can be used to create an adaptive learning experience where, depending on the student's choice of answer, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.
Questions which can be added to a Lesson activity include essay type questions, multiple choice, matching, numerical, short answer, and true/false. questions can also be exported from your question bank, before being imported into your Lesson activity. It is important to note that only the question types mentioned above can be exported into the Lesson activity.
Lesson activity for assessment
A lesson may be graded or ungraded. You can choose to grade a Lesson manually, or automatically, although this choice is also dependent upon the types of questions you use in your Lesson activity.
While the Lesson activity within LEO can be used for the purposes of graded assessment, this use is not recommended. In lieu of using the Lesson activity, we would recommend using the Quiz activity, which has the ability to deliver graded quiz questions to students, but without the additional adaptive learning functionality which makes the Lesson activity an exceptional flexible content delivery tool.
Map your lesson activity
A Lesson activity is made up of three elements: content pages, question pages, and clusters (a cluster is a set of pages from which one page can be randomly chosen). The key feature of the Lesson activity is its capacity to deliver flexible, adaptive learning experiences to students, as well as delivering detailed reports and statistics to teaching staff on its use.
It is best practice to map your Lesson activity out visually, before you start to develop it within LEO. You can use pen and paper, post-it notes, the ‘SmartArt’ function in Word, or any number of Free cloud-based mind-mapping programs to help you design the activity (we recommend MindMup but there are lots of options to try).