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Let us put any Resource or Activity on a Page. Lesson = Page

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.

  • Steve McNutt
  • Sep 22 2016
  • Not selected for implementation
Country US
Category Content creation and management
  • Nov 9, 2016

    Admin Response

    Hi,

    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.   


    Update 9/11-16:

    @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

     

    Best regards

    Henning Gjellesvik 

    Product Manager

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  • Guest commented
    September 23, 2016 11:39

    yes

  • Mitch Norris commented
    September 28, 2016 10:44

    Why not?

  • Terri Anschutz commented
    September 28, 2016 21:57

    Good idea

  • Donna Price commented
    September 29, 2016 02:04

    Absolutely!! I agree totally..

  • Julie Stegall commented
    September 29, 2016 10:53

    This would be so helpful!

  • Guest commented
    September 29, 2016 15:32

    Yes.

  • Mitch Malcom commented
    September 29, 2016 15:39

    Great Idea

  • Scott Tomlinson commented
    October 26, 2016 16:28

    I understand what you are saying, but it really doesn’t address the issue that people have brought up.

    Because it operates like the web, The Page is a more natural and flexible solution for navigation and consolidation of resources than the planner.

    What you are suggesting is that the system is actually NOT flexible at all because everything has to go through the planner, which is extemely linear in the way that it displays and allows students to navigate content. If you have examples of how to overcome the linearity of the planner and use it in a way that allows students to easily navigate within a course, so that they can explore personalized learning paths to different units/modules as fits their needs and interests – please make them public.

    Thank You,

    Scott Tomlinson
    Evergreen School District
    Vancouver, WA, USA

  • Steve McNutt commented
    October 27, 2016 11:19

    Dear ADMIN,

    I'm the one who posted this suggestion, and I have to agree with Scott Tomlinson's comment.  My suggestion, to let us put not only resources but also activities on a page, would make itsLearning LESS complicated by removing this artificial restriction that only resources can go on a page. 

     

    As it is now (can't put activities on a page), we often use the assignment activity and nothing else because you can use the assignment's rich text editor to include most of the "resource" content you would otherwise have to include in a separate place, probably in a rich content block on a page.  Requiring that the student go to separate places adds complexity and confusion.

  • Michele Eaton commented
    August 15, 2017 12:36

    Love the latest planner update with the navigation. It is so much better to chunk information online and have the easy navigation than to put everything on one page (which is overwhelming when you consider cognitive load). 

     

    Thanks for taking the suggestions and doing one better! :)