The Page (currently a Resource) should instead be the standard container for a "lesson". We should be able to put any Resource or any Activity on a Page, I suppose as Content Blocks.
The Page could then be like a "web page", which can contain whatever one wishes. A single Page could then be an entire lesson, including both the information the teacher wishes to present TO the students (what we currently call Resources) AND the information/products/results the teacher wants back FROM the students (like Assignments and Tests--what we currently call Activities).
Having a Page be the standard container for a lesson would be more natural (less confusing) than having the various Resources and Activities for a lesson reside within a folder in the Course Tree.
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we have a lot of exciting development going on (http://www.itslearning.eu/roadmap), but where not planning on changing the Page in the nearest future.
I can totally see how the Page could work fine as a container for all the stuff in a lesson, but it would also add more complexity to itslearning. One of the great things with itslearning is that you can use it in so many different ways, adapting it to support your favorite way of teaching. But this also is a two-edged sword, and a lot of features add more complexity to the solution. For the moment we are working on simplifying itslearning - that is partly why we will not add more features to the Page in the nearest future.
My best tip is to use the Planner to structure teaching. It allows you to create detailed plans for a specific period of time. You can use topics for high-level planning and break these down into smaller chunks, e.g. lessons or week plans. You can tie together learning objectives for a lesson with the resources (e.g. a page) and the activities (e.g. assignments and tests) you plan to use.
@Steve, I know assignments and pages are often used by teachers that does not use the Planner. So from time to time, we get the same request that you have posted. Instead of adding resources and activities to Page, we are currently working on improving how the Planner display these elements. We are seeking a solution where students don’t have to jump in and out of the Planner, but rather follows something like a learning path. This is still design work, so I don’t have any release dates yet. Together with other actions we are taking to improve the workflow in a course, we’re believe this will fill the gap that exist between resources and activities in the planner today.
@Scott, our experience is that the Planner reflects a rather common way of structuring teaching and training. It’s not often you facilitate a training activity without having a plan; you have a goal, material, etc. The Planner in itslearning can be used to map down these teaching plans; it ties together and creates an overview of learning objectives, resources, activities, etc. in a course. If you want to tailor parts of the plan to particular students, you can set permissions (click the icon with the three dots, the old cog wheel) on those activities and resource you want selected students to see (permissions are a bit cumbersome to work with today, so we are looking for ways to make this work smoother:). You can e.g. have the same learning objectives for an activity, but offer video to students with dyslexia and text to other students. In this way you can create multiple “learning paths” within a plan, tailored to your students’ needs. When you need to tailor a plan to an individual student you can have a mentor set up an Individual Learning Plan – a nice little tool that also facilitates student’s evaluation of their own progress.
The Planner and the Individual Learning Plan won’t give you a dynamic learning path, but you can of cause change them underway – e.g. based on students’ progress and feedback. A dynamic learning path is something we would like to see in itslearning, and you can vote for the idea here: http://ideas.itslearning.com/ideas/ITSL-I-71