Not many Moodlers use the Lesson Activity in Moodle. Mostly because it’s neither a brilliant quiz engine nor a replacement for the book module. But when you combine both these elements and spend a bit of time on the design you can create engaging, interactive learning packages that can stand on their own against popular content creation tools, and best of all, it’s authored natively in Moodle.
Let’s look at the benefits/features of using the lesson module:
HTML5 Authoring and responsive scalability
It’s all about HTML5 these days and support for multiple devices. And it comes standard with the Lesson Activity. If you use a responsive theme (one built on Bootstrap) then you are good to go.
Styling the lesson module
Out of the box, it can look a bit drab, but with a bit of CSS and an SVG scalable background, suddenly things become interesting.
For this lesson I added a <div> to the content and used a responsive SVG image for the background. This image will scale up and down beautifully. The SVG is created via CSS (see http://www.svgeneration.com/resources) for a demo on how to do this and also choose from a whole heap of pre-made SVG backgrounds). SVG’s are awesome, and you can even animate them..more on this later.
As you may be aware, embedding external media into Moodle is awesome. And with the lesson activity it’s no different. You can add dynamic content into your lessons from Youtube, Pinterest or Twitter (and many more).
So your slides can change each time a user sees them. Also, you can manage some of the content externally, outside of Moodle, and the changes appear as if by magic inside the lesson.
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This article originally appeared on lewiscarr.co.uk, by Lewis Carr.