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Own material - DIY lesson

You can add your own material as a module.

  • lessons

  • tests

  • tasks

  • simulations

  • files (e.g. images or PDF documents)

  • links to other web pages

You can build your own lessons, tests and tasks in Electude LMS. A test has the same format as a lesson; only no direct feedback is given when questions are answered. Students have a limited amount of time to finish the test. A passing score can be set which must be met to pass the test.

Tasks are not evaluated automatically, unlike lessons and tasks. The result of a task needs to be specified by the teacher manually, by reviewing the answers the student has given. A simulation uses the Electude Simulator to replicate a specific failure. The parameters of the simulation can be set. The maximum file size allowed is 10 MB. There is only a limited amount of space available for all the files on your website. The administrator of the site can monitor how much space is left.

Third party files can be + shown or - hidden, by toggling this setting at the top of the page on and off. The settings applies to search results, folders and the lists of all and favorite modules.

DIY lesson

Adding a module

To add a module, you must first click on the tab 'modules' and select the desired folder in the submenu on the left of the page. Then click the icon 'New module'. Select the desired type, enter a title and a description for the module. To add a file you need to select a file from your computer. You also need to specify whether you want to share this file with the websites of other schools and companies; teachers from these other sites will then be able to use the file. To add a link, enter the URL of the web page. Then click 'add' to confirm. In the table of modules of the selected folder, the new module appears as the bottom row. A new (empty) lesson, test or task consists of an empty page and an empty multiple choice question.

Editing a module

A module can be edited by navigating to the page of the module. Click the icon of the pencil 'Edit module', to change the title or description of the module. For a file you can also edit whether it is shared with other organizations. You can edit the URL of links. Click 'ok' to confirm.

If you have the possibility to publish content to third parties, you can also select the product group the module should be in. The site administrator also administrates the product groups. When a module is placed in a product group, other Electude LMS users that have a license for that product group can access the module. You can mark modules as obsolete. Obsolete modules are by default not listed. To see these modules, you can click 'show obsolete content' at the top of the page. In courses and assigned content obsolete modules are visible in tables and colored grey. When a user starts an obsolete module, a warning is displayed. You can make a module only accessible for teachers. This is useful for teacher manuals, presentations or other files that are not intended for students. The module then is not visible at all for students, even when it is part of a course. To edit the contents of a DIY lesson, test or task, click the button of the pencil 'Edit module' or the pencil 'Edit saved copy'. 

Using the "Presentation Mode"

Deleting a module

To delete a module, navigate to the page of the module, click on the icon X 'Delete module' and confirm your choice. Note: if a module is deleted that is assigned to a course, student or group, the module is removed from the course and disappears for the student or the group. The module is inaccessible and all results of individual students for the module are deleted as well.

Building your own lesson, test or task

Lessons, tests and tasks can be modified in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. The editor looks like a module with toolbars. Navigation between pages and questions works in the same way as in a normal module. Unlike a normal module, you can click on the texts of the pages and questions to edit them. Special functions in the editor are accessible by clicking the buttons in the toolbar or (sometimes) using the keyboard shortcuts. Click the button 'save copy' at the top left to save the current status of the module as a copy. To exit the editor you click on the back button, like with normal lessons. Changes you have not saved are lost. The toolbar on the right is used for creating text and questions. It contains these functions:

  • add page (Alt+Shift+P)
    The new page is appended after the current page (including a default multiple choice question).

  • select page (Alt+P)
    The page including all underlying questions are selected.

  • cut (Ctr+X), copy (Ctrl+C), paste (Ctrl+V) and delete (Delete)
    Clipboard functions apply to the selected text, page or question. This allows you to move a page by cutting it, navigating to another page and pasting it. The cut page is appended after the other page.
    The last question of a page cannot be cut, i.e. a page always contains one question. The last page cannot be cut, i.e. a module always contains one page.
    Note: it is possible to copy and paste between different browser windows or tabs. This allows you to quickly copy or move pages and questions to another module.

  • bold, italic, underline, superscript, subscript, bullet list, numbered list
    These buttons apply to the selected text. The buttons work as a toggle. When a piece of text is bold it can be made normal again by clicking the button 'bold'.

  • indent and outdent
    These buttons apply to the selected text as well, but do not work as a toggle.

  • undo (Ctrl+Z) and redo (Ctrl+Shift+Z)
    Several steps may be undone and redone.

  • add question (Ctrl+Shift+Q)
    A default multiple question is appended after the current question.

  • select question (Ctrl+Q)

  • question properties
    You can set the type of question and the corresponding attributes. These question types are available:

    • multiple choice
      the number of answers can be set (minimum 2, maximum 6)

    • multiple response
      the number of answers can be set (minimum 2, maximum 6)
      the number of correct answers can be set (minimum 0, maximum the number of answers)

    • numerical open question
      a minimum and a maximum value can be entered.
      Use a point (.) as a decimal separator.
      When e.g. a maximum is not specified, the answer only has to be greater than or equal to the specified minimum value.

    • open text question
      the correct answer can be entered
      The answer of the student is compared to the specified answer and should be exactly the same (case sensitive).

    • none

With the toolbar on the left you can change the graphics that appear with the current question. For lessons and tests, the toolbar contains these functions:

  • select an animation or image from another lesson: For the current question an image, animation or simulation from another module can be selected.
    First select the desired module from the list. Then scroll through the graphics of all questions in the module.

  • upload / select image: For the current question you can supply your own image. You can create your own folder structure using the right-hand mouse button on the left side. In the selected folder you can add images (upload), delete them or change their names.
    When you upload an image that is too big, it is automatically converted to JPEG format with a maximum size of 505 x 545 pixels (width x height). This is the space that is reserved for images in the module. Smaller images are displayed centred. To select a file you double click the image or choose 'Select' with the right-hand mouse button. Note: when you remove or rename folders or files that are used in a module, the module will not work properly anymore because the image cannot be loaded. When files are removed or renamed no check is performed to see if the files are used in a module! Files that are removed cannot be restored (there is no recycle bin).

  • select web page / online video: For the current question you can specify a web page (for example of an online video such as YouTube). The page is embedded in an iframe of 505 x 545 pixels (width x height).
    Note: only secure (HTTPS) connections are allowed.

  • no image: Click this button to have no image, video or animation for the current question.

For tasks the left toolbar contains these functions:

  • upload / select image: This is the same function as for lessons or tests.

  • create / select fill-in table: For the current question, you can select a table the student has to fill in. The left pane shows a list of tables that belong to this module. Click the button + 'add' to create a new table. The table selected from the list can be X 'deleted' or edited in the right pane. The table can be resized by dragging the right or bottom border. When a table cell contains a value, it cannot be changed by a student; student can only fill in table cells that are empty. For each table the header row and column can be toggled on and off. You can also select a chart that is updated automatically when the content of the table is changed. When a chart is selected, only numerical values are accepted inside the table. Click 'save' to save the changes in the selected table. To select the current table for the current question in the module, you click on the 'OK' button in the bottom left. To close the window without changing the graphics for the current question, you click 'cancel'.

  • create / select drawing: For the current question, you can select a drawing the student has to create or complete. The left pane shows a list of drawings that belong to this module. Click the button + 'add' to create a new drawing. The drawing selected from the list can be X 'deleted' or edited in the right pane. For every drawing a background image can be selected and an initial drawing can be created. The student can change this drawing, but cannot change the background. Click 'save' to save the changes in the selected drawing. To select the current drawing for the current question in the module, you click on the 'ok' button in the bottom left. To close the window without changing the graphics for the current question, you click 'cancel'.

Adding formulas to text

Formulas can be inserted in the text in LaTeX format. When a module is launched normally (not in the editor), the formulas are correctly rendered. There are two ways to insert a formula:

  • For an inline formula use backslashes with parentheses: \(...\)

  • For a standalone equation that is centered, use backslashes with brackets: \(...\)

  • For example, to create a standalone quadratic formula, this should be inserted: \[x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}\]

To create LaTeX formulas many third party tools are available.

Publishing a DIY lesson, test or task

A module can be used after it has been published. Click 'publish copy' to do this. Click the button 'Edit module', to edit the published version of the module. Click the button 'Edit saved copy', the version of the module that was saved the last time. When something goes wrong, you can always revoke the changes by clicking 'Edit module'.

Copy a DIY lesson, test or task

You can use the form to add modules to copy DIY lessons, tests or tasks. To do this you first need to add the module you want to copy to your favorites. Then go to the desired folder, click the icon   'New module' and choose 'copy of a DIY module' from the type list. Finally select the module from the list of favorites and click 'add'.

Configuring a simulation

For a simulation there are some additional settings.

  • Electude Simulator: Here you can select the topic of the simulation.

  • Failure: This setting determines what the problem is in the selected simulator.

  • Work order: You can specify an introductory text that will appear on the work order. When no text has been filled in, there will be no work order available to the student. Without a work order the student cannot fill in a diagnosis.

  • Available tools: Here you can click the boxes of the tools that can be used by the student.

  • Automatic evaluation: When automatic evaluation is switched on, the score of the module will be calculated automatically when the student has solved the problem. If a work order was specified, this calculation is performed when the the work order is submitted. Otherwise the calculation is done at the end of the session. If the failure is not solved after 4 attempts, the score will be set to 0. See for the calculation of the score the manual of the selected simulator.
    When automatic evaluation is switched off, the status of the module will only be set to 'finished' when the failure is solved.
    In both cases, the score of the simulation may be changed manually by the teacher afterwards.

When the simulation is finished, the student can still access the simulation. However, the actions performed by the student are no longer logged.

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