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Introduction
Video: "U-M faculty share thoughts on using LessonBuilder to engage students"
In a Nutshell
Organizing Material
Working with Lesson Builder pages

Changing Settings for Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)
Adding Additional Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)
Deleting Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)

Text -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting
Resources -- Uploading, Adding, Editing, and Deleting
Assignments -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting
Test Center -- Adding quizzes to Lesson Builder
Multimedia -- Adding, Editing, or Deleting
Subpages -- Adding, Editing, and Removing
Forum Topics -- Adding, Editing
Comments Tool -- Adding, Editing, and Grading Comments
Student Content -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting

Adding the Student Content Tool
Editing the Student Content Tool options
Grading Student Content
Grading Comments in Student Content
Deleting the Student Content Tool

Importing Common Cartridge files
Adding External Tools
Reorganizing Content



Introduction

LessonBuilder is a tool that lets instructors pull all the elements of a lesson together in one location. You can organize and sequence media, resources, quizzes, tests, and more on a single CTools page.

Students can easily work through sequences without having to navigate around CTools and open individual tools.

The CTools Screen


CTools Screen

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Here are some of the many tools and features you can add to a LessonBuilder page:

- Resources from the CTools Resources tool
- A Kaltura video
- A ZIP file of website content
- Text
- An assignment from the CTools Assignments tool
- A quiz from the CTools Test Center tool
- A topic from the CTools Forums tool
- An external Tool - There are many external tools that can be used with CTools.
- The Comments Tool, which allows students to enter comments
- The Student Content Tool, which allows students to create a pages with their own content. Other students can comment on it.



Video: "U-M faculty share thoughts on using LessonBuilder to engage students"




In a Nutshell: Creating a Lesson

(See later sections in this online help page for detailed instructions.)

A. Add LessonBuilder to your left-hand menubar. (Click Site Info in your site. Then click Edit Tools. In the category "Content," check LessonBuilder, and click Continue. Follow the on screen instructions.)

B. Click LessonBuilder in the left-hand menubar to open it.

You'll see the page where you can build your lesson.

C. Add content by clicking one of the Add buttons along the top, or the More Tools button.

D Repeat for all the items you want in your lesson.

You can add subpages. You can also add more LessonBuilder tools to your site.

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Organizing Material

Here are two common ways of organizing material in LessonBuilder:

Organizing by topic or unit -- You can have topics appear as buttons in the left-hand menubar. To do this, you will need to add another LessonBuilder tool. (Click Site Info in your site. Then click Edit Tools, check LessonBuilder, click Continue, and follow the on screen instructions.)

Organizing material within a topic -- You can create a page with two more more subpages. To create such a page, use the Add Subpage button in the toolbar at the top of the page. See "Subpages -- Adding, Editing, and Removing" below. Note that Add Subpage puts you into the newly created page, so you can add content. You can return to the current page using links at the top of the page.



Working with Pages


Action Buttons

The Action Buttons are the control panel for your LessonBuilder page. These buttons allow you to add content to the LessonBuilder page. In this document we explain each of the options.

You can access additional tools by clicking the More Tools button.

See below for an explanation of each.



Changing Settings for Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)

To edit the settings for a top level LessonBuilder, click More Tools and then Settings.

This will open up an Edit Title box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

Don't Release Page Until All Prerequisite Pages are Completed - Select this option if you would like the page to appear/be accessible only after previously 'Required' pages have been completed/accessed. You can use this on both subpages and top-level pages (pages that appear in the left margin). If you use it on a subpage, the student won't be able to click on the page until all prerequisites have been completed. If you use it on a top-level page, the student will be able to click on the page in the left margin, but will get a message listing the pages that have to be completed first.

Require this page - This page must be completed before the student can access later pages.

Hide this page from users. - Use this when you're not ready for students to see the page yet. It will not appear in the left margin.

Hide this page until the following date - Use this when you want a page to become available at a certain date or time. Note that the page will show in the left margin before then, but won't be usable. (There is no way to specify release dates for items in the left margin.)

Create gradebook entry when page is completed.

Custom CSS File - This permits you to supply a style sheet to be used with the page. This can be used to change fonts, add backgrounds, and make other style adjustments. Because preparing style sheets can be difficult, your system administrator may choose to prepare style sheets for you. If they have done so, the menu will show a list of system-wide style sheets. You may also upload your own. They will be available for any page in the site. If you name the file default.css, it will be the default for your site, i.e. it will be used for any page that doesn't specify a style sheet. Your system administrator may supply a system-wide default. It will be used for any page that doesn't specify a style sheet if you don't have you own default.

More Information About Style Sheets

If you are writing a style sheet, you may find it useful to know some classes that you may use, and the areas of the LessonBuilder page that they control:

You can of course use body to change things like fonts and sizes for everything. However they may also affect buttons and other functional objects, so you may prefer to use classes for more specific things. Here are the major classes you might want to change in your style sheet:

item-icon: This is for the icons that show on resources. For example, one useful setting is display:none. This disables any icons in your LessonBuilder page. You may, of course, use body for any changes that should apply to the whole page.

breadcrumbs: the section with links to the page above, used in subpages and other items

title: the main page title

mainlist: the table containing the primary content. (Do not rely on this being a table. It could become a list in a later version.)

itemlink: the <a> for resources, etc.

itemtext: the text inside the <a>

itemdescription: the description field added by the author

textbox: the text inside a text block inserted by "add text"

commentsDiv: the whole section with student comments

commentDiv: a single student comment

author: the author's name in a student comment

specialCommenter: the author's name if the current user is the author

commentBody: the text of a student comment

studentDiv: the whole section for student pages

studentTitle: the heading "Student Pages"

studentLink: the <a> for an individual student page

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Adding Additional Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)

This function only appears on top-level pages only (a page in the left margin). You may add pages within other pages using the Add Subpage button.

To add an additional top level LessonBuilder page, click More Tools and then Add More Pages.

This will open an Add More Pages options box that will let you make the following modifications:

Page Title - Choose the Title to be displayed in the navigation menu on the left.

Number of pages - Choose the number of pages to add - if no number is chosen, only one page will be created. If multiple pages are chosen and there is a number in the Page Title, all will be given the same name with ascending numbers (for example: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3).

Make new pages copies of the current one (except that subpages are omitted) - Select this option to copy all the content on the current page to the new page (except for subpages).

Choose Existing Page - Use this option to link the new item in the navigation menu to an existing page.

You may create several pages at once, as long as the names follow a numerical pattern. E.g. if you specify a name of "Page 2" and ask for 3 pages, you will get "Page 2," "Page 3," and Page 4.

Once you have filled out all the information, make sure to click Save.



Deleting Top Level LessonBuilder Page(s)

To delete a page, click More Tools then click Remove Page.

This removes the page from the list of pages in the navigation bar on the left. The page is not actually removed from the database and may be attached as a subpage to another page, effectively moving it to a different location. To permanently delete a page, click on the Index of Pages button at the top left, then select the page(s) you wish to delete permanently (you may only select pages that are currently not linked) and click Delete selected pages.



Text -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting


Adding Text

Click Add Text at the top of the page to add text to the page. A rich text editor will appear if you are using a web browser that supports it. Enter your text and click Save at the bottom of the page. If you prefer to work with HTML, use the Sources button at the top left corner of the editor.

You can use text as an introduction to other pieces of content, such as embedded multimedia or links to reading material; this may help to orient users.

If you have groups or sections in the site and you would like to select which groups will be able to view the text, click on the Edit the groups for which this item should be shown link below the rich text editor. A set of checkboxes will be shown under the rich text editor. Check the boxes for the group(s) who will have access to the text. Students who are not in one of the chosen groups or sections will not see this item at all.

Once you have filled out all the information, make sure to click the Save button.




Editing Text

If you want to edit a piece of text that you have already added to the page, click Edit to the left of the text item. When you are satisfied with your changes, click Save at the bottom of the page. You can also click Cancel to return to your page without applying any changes.




Deleting Text

If you want to remove a piece of text, click Edit to the left of the text item. Click the Delete button below the text editor.

Warning: There is no confirmation step; clicking the delete button will permanently remove the text item from your LessonBuilder page. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.




Resources -- Uploading, Adding, Editing, and Deleting


Resources and Multimedia are similar. Both can be either files or links to existing files or web sites. The difference is Resources appear as links in your LessonBuilder page, while Multimedia is displayed directly on the page, if the viewer's web browser is able to play the multimedia files.



Uploading or Adding links to Resources

Click Add Resource at the top of the page. The Add Resource box will pop-up.

You can add a Resource to your page by choosing one of the following:

Point to a resource already online by supplying the web address of a file in the URL text box. Click Save to complete the process.

Upload a file from your computer by clicking Browse... or Choose file and locating and selecting the file on your computer. Click Save to complete the process. The file will be added to your page and stored in the Sakai Resources tool in a folder with the same title as your LessonBuilder tool.

Clicking Choose Existing File to select a file that has already been uploaded to Resources. Select the file that you want to add to your page by clicking Select. Complete the process by clicking Continue.

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Editing a Resource

Click the Edit button to the left of the resource you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

Item Name - Change the name of the text on the link to your resource on the main LessonBuilder page.

Item Description - Change/add a description to your resource, which will appear beneath the link to the resource.

Change File or URL - Change the file being linked to, or the URL if you're using a Web Link.

Open item in a new window - Select this option if you want the Resource to open in a new browser window.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like it to appear/be accessible only after previously 'Required' items have been completed/accessed.

When you select Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed, LessonBuilder will restrict access to the resource in both LessonBuilder and the Resources tool. However, if the resources is a web document (HTML), there are special considerations. Web documents often include images, and they can refer to other documents. Thus controlling access to the main web document may not be enough to prevent access to the images and additional material for the web document.

One approach to deal with this is to put any included images or material into the same folder as the LessonBuilder folder and marking the folder or individual files as hidden within the Resources tool. LessonBuilder will correctly grant access to the hidden material when a view has completely the requirements to view that item, even if it is marked as hidden within Resources.

Require This Item - Select this option to make this item a 'Required' item for later on in the LessonBuilder plan.

Edit the groups for which this item should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, you can click this in order to reveal checkboxes for each group or section. This allows you to make the resource available only to chosen groups or sections. Students who are not in one of the chosen groups or sections will not see this item at all.

To save your changes, click Update Item.



Deleting a Resource

Click Edit to the left of the resource you would like to remove, then click Delete.

Deleting a Resource in LessonBuilder will only remove the link to the Resource from the LessonBuilder page. If you would like to completely remove an uploaded file from your site, you will need to remove the file from the Resources tool. To do so, click Resources in the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, click on the folder with the name that matches your LessonBuilder page, click the Actions drop-down menu, select Remove, and finally click Remove on the following page.

Warning: There is no confirmation step; clicking the delete button will permanently remove the text item from your LessonBuilder page. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.



Assignments -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting


Adding Assignments

Click the Add Assignment button at the top of the page. This will give you a list of all assignments already created in the Assignments tool. Select the one you wish to add and use selected item.

To create a new assignment, use the Create new assignment using Assignments and/or Assignments 2 link at the top of the page. This will open the Assignments tool and allow you to create a new assignment or modify an existing one. After creating or editing an assignment, click the Continue with Add Assignment link at the top of the page to return to the list of assignments. Select the assignment you wish to add to LessonBuilder and click Use selected item.



Editing an Assignment

Click Edit to the left of the assignment you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

Item Name - Edit the name of the link to the assignment.

Item Description - Edit the description of the assignment. This description will appear beneath the link to the assignment. By default, the description includes the assignment's Due Date.

Change Assignment - Change the chosen Assignment to a different one.

Edit Assignment - This will open the settings page for the chosen assignments, allowing you to modify the assignment. After editing the assignment, click the Post to save your changes and then click Return to LessonBuilder, after you have finished editing the item link at the top of the page to return to LessonBuilder.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like it to be accessible only after previously required items have been completed.

Require that the student submit this assignment - Select this option to make this item a required item; this means that students must complete this item before progressing further in LessonBuilder.

Require that the student receive ____ points on this assignment - Select this option to make a minimum score a requirement in order to continue. This option is only available is the assignment in linked to a Gradebook entry and can only be selected if the item is Required.

Edit the groups for which this item should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, you can click this in order to reveal a list of checkboxes for each group or section. This allows you to make the assignment available only to chosen groups or sections. Students who are not in one of the chosen groups or sections will not see this item at all.

To save your changes, click Update Item. To remove the Assignment from your LessonBuilder page, click Delete.


Deleting an Assignment

Click Edit to the left of the assignment you would like to remove, then click Delete.

Warning: There is no confirmation step; clicking the delete button will permanently remove the text item from your LessonBuilder page. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.

Deleting an assignment in LessonBuilder will only remove the link to the assignment from the LessonBuilder page. If you would like to completely remove an assignment from your site, you will need to remove the file from the Assignments tool. To do so, click Assignments in the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, click on the Remove checkbox for the assignment you with to remove and then click Update.

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Test Center -- Adding quizzes to Lesson Builder

To add a quiz or other assessment in LessonBuilder:

1. Create the assessment in the Test Center tool and publish it.

2. With Lesson Builder open, click the Add Quiz button.

You will see your newly created assessment in a list.

3. Click the radio button next to the assessment and then click Use Selected Item.

The assessment will appear in Lesson Builder.



Multimedia -- Adding, Editing, or Deleting


Adding Multimedia

Resources and Multimedia are similar. Both can be either files or links to existing files or web sites. The difference is Resources appear as links in your LessonBuilder page, while Multimedia is displayed directly on the page, if the viewer's web browser is able to play the multimedia files.

The multimedia option allows you to upload media files (such as audio and video), and present them directly on the page. The Multimedia option can also double as a Web Content tool, allowing you to link to and display websites on your LessonBuilder page.

Click the Add Multimedia button at the top of the page. The Add Multimedia box will appear.

You can add a multimedia file to your page by choosing one of the following:

Clicking Browse... or Choose File and locating the file on your computer. Click Save to complete the process. The file will be added to your page and stored in the Resources tool in a folder with the same title as your LessonBuilder tool.

Supplying the web address of a file in the URL text box. Click Save to complete the process.

Clicking Choose Existing File to select a file that has already been uploaded to Resources. Select the file that you want to add to your page by clicking Select. You may also link to hidden files in the Resources tool. Complete the process by clicking Continue.



Editing Multimedia

To edit your multimedia content, first click Edit to the left of the item you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

Youtube URL: - If your multimedia is on Youtube, this option will let you change the location. This option is only available for Youtube links.

Width - Change the width of the internal frame that will display your media on the LessonBuilder page. Note, you may use either percentages (%) or pixels (px) to deMainText either relative or absolute measurements.

Height - Change the height of the internal frame that will display your media on the LessonBuilder page. Note, you may use either percentages (%) or pixels (px) to deMainText either relative or absolute measurements.

Item Description - Change/add a description to your multimedia file, which will appear beneath the multimedia file.

Change File or URL - Change the source of the media or change the URL of your web link. This option will not appear for Youtube links.

Edit the groups for which this item should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, you can click this in order to reveal checkboxes for each group or section. This allows you to make the assignment available only to chosen groups or sections. Students who are not in one of the chosen groups or sections will not see this item at all.

Show Details - This option will give you some additional information about the media that may help troubleshooting any display issues that arise. This option will not appear for Youtube links.

To save your changes, click Save.



Deleting Multimedia

Click Edit to the left of the media you would like to remove, then click Delete.

Warning: There is no confirmation step; clicking the delete button will permanently remove the media from your LessonBuilder page. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.

Deleting media in LessonBuilder will only remove the item from the LessonBuilder page. If you would like to completely remove uploaded media from your site, you will need to remove the file from the Resources tool. To do so, click Resources in the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, click on the folder with the name that matches your LessonBuilder page, click the Actions dropdown menu, select Remove, and finally click Remove on the following page.

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Subpages -- Adding, Editing, and Removing


In addition to having multiple LessonBuilder tools in your site, each LessonBuilder tool that you add to your worksite can have multiple pages associated with it. These pages are referred to as subpages.


7.1 Adding Subpages

Click the Add Subpage button at the top of the page. This will open an Add Subpage box with a few options:

Page title with the title of your new Subpage.

Choose Existing Page - Use this link if you have already created a Subpage that you wish to use.

Next page - Choose this option if you want the Next button at the top of the page to go to this Subpage instead of to the next LessonBuilder page.

Show as button rather than link - Subpages appear as links. Choose this option if you would prefer the Subpage to appear as a button instead of as a link.

Create - Click this to create the Subpage after choosing the options. This will take you to a blank LessonBuilder page, where you can add new content pieces as you see fit.

Cancel - Click this to cancel creating the Subpage.



Editing a Subpage

To edit a Subpage, click through to the Subpage and then use the Action Buttons to edit the page as mentioned above.

To edit the information about a Subpage, click Edit to the left of the subpage you would like to modify on the top level LessonBuilder page.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

Item Name - Change the name of the text of the link to your subpage on the main LessonBuilder page.

Item Description - Change or add a description to the subpage, which will appear beneath the link to the subpage.

Change Page - Change the subpage being linked.

Next page, i.e. page replaces the current one rather than returning to the current one.

Show as button rather than link - This is a cosmetic option to have your subpage appear as a button rather than a link in your LessonBuilder plan.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like it to be revealed to students only after previously 'Required' items have been completed or accessed.

Require This Item - Select this option to make this item a 'Required' items later (lower) on in the LessonBuilder page.

To save your changes, click Update Item.



Deleting Subpages

Click Edit to the left of the Subpage you would like to remove, then click Delete.

Warning: There is no confirmation step; clicking the delete button will permanently remove the media from your LessonBuilder page. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.

Deleting a Subpage in LessonBuilder will only remove the item from the LessonBuilder page. If you would like to completely remove the Subpage from your site, you will first need to remove the link from the LessonBuilder page. After doing so, you can click on the Index of Pages button in the upper right corner. Any pages that are not currently used by a LessonBuilder page will be listed at the bottom of the Index of Pages. Click the checkbox next to each page or Subpage you wish to delete and then click Delete selected pages.

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Forum Topics -- Adding, Editing, and Removing



8.1 Adding Forum Topics

To add a forum topic to your lessons page, click the More Tools action button, and then Add Forum Topic.

To add an already existing forum topic, select the radio button for the forum topic you would like to add from the Existing topics list. Then click Use Selected Item.

To create a new forum topic within the lessons tool, click either Create new topic using Forums or Create new topic using Discussions and Private Messages depending on which tool would like to use. Please MainText that you will only be able to use the tools that are already added to your site. Clicking on either of the links will pull up the respective tool, and will allow you to create a new topic or modify an existing one. When you are ready to add the new topic, click the Continue with Add Forum Topic, after you have created the new topic button at the top. You will return to the list of topics, where you can choose the topic you just created. After selecting the new topic, click Use selected item.

Note that only topics may be added. Depending upon the tool, topics are contained within categories or forums. Categories and forums may not be added, just actual topics.


Editing Forum Topics

Click Edit to the left of the topic you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen.

The options available for modification are as follows:

Item Name - Change the name of the text on the link to your topic on the main LessonBuilder page.

Item Description - Change/add a description to your topic, which will appear beneath the link to the topic.

Change Forum Topic - Change the topic to a different one in your tool used.

Edit Forum Topic - Selecting this will bring into the tool used to allow you to modify the settings for the topic.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like it to appear/be accessible only after previously 'Required' items have been completed/accessed.

Require that the student submit a posting to this topic - Select this option to make this item a 'Required' item for later on in the LessonBuilder plan.

Edit the groups for which this topic should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, allows you to make this topic visible only to some groups. Students who are not in one of the checked sections of groups will not see this item on their page at all.

To save your changes, click Update Item.

To remove the Topic from your LessonBuilder page, click Delete.



Comments Tool -- Adding, Editing, and Deleting



Adding the Comments Tool

The Add Comment tool will insert a tool that permits students to make comments. Once a student has added a comment, they may change or delete it for 30 minutes. After that, only an instructor may change or delete it. To add the tool, click on the More Tools action button, and then click Add Comments Tool.



Editing the Comments Tool

The Edit button will allow you to change certain details about the comments tool.

This includes the following:

Keep Comments Anonymous - The author will be shown as Anonymous followed by a number, except that instructors will still be able to see the real author. The number is used so that students can see which comments were added by the same person. If there are several comments blocks, the numbers are not consistent across the blocks.

Create gradebook entries for these - Select this option if you would like to create a gradebook entry for the comments. Enter the Maximum points each comment can be worth in the appropriate field.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like comments to be accessible only after previously 'Required' items have been completed/accessed.

Require This Item - Select this option to make this item a 'Required' item for later on in the LessonBuilder plan. The requirement will be satisfied once someone has added a comment.

Edit the groups for which this item should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, allows you to make the comments block visible only to some groups. Students who are not in one of the checked sections of groups will not see this item on their page at all.

To save your changes, click Update Item.

The Delete button may be used to delete the comments block from the page. Note that the comments themselves remain in the database, although only an administrator will be able to retrieve them.


Grading Comments

If you have selected the Create gradebook entries for these option, you will be able to assign a grade for each student for their group of comments. An entry will be created in the Gradebook and/or Gradebook 2 tool for the grade given for the group of comments.

Type the number of points you wish to assign comments in the Points box next to the comment, and then press the Enter key to submit the grade. Any grades that are typed in but not submitted are displayed in red.

To see a list of grades that you have assigned to your students for their comments, click the Show Grading Pane button at the top right corner of the Add Comment tool.

You can also assign to each user for their group of comments on the Grading Pane page. To see a list of their individual comments, click the Toggle Comments button. This will show a list of all the comments the user has added.

For information on how to edit the settings for the entries in Gradebook or Gradebook 2, please see the respective help documentation.

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Student Content Tool -- Adding and Editing, and Grading Student Content



Adding the Student Content Tool

The Student Content tool permits students to add pages of their own that look much like regular LessonBuilder pages, although there are fewer options. This allows students to share material with the rest of the class with the option to permit other students to comment on their work.

Small icons appear to the left of the point for each student's page. The icons show which entries are new, and which contain new content or new comments.

To add the Student Content tool, click More Tools and select Add Student Content.



10.2 Editing the Student Content Tool options

The Edit button will allow you to change certain details about the comment tool.

This includes the following:

Make These Student Pages Anonymous - The author of the page will not be shown, except to the instructor.

Create gradebook entries for these - Select this option if you would like to create a gradebook entry for student pages. Enter the Maximum points each student page can be worth in the appropriate field.

Add a Comments Section to Each Page - Places a comments tool at the bottom of each page, allowing other students to comment on the work.

Make These Comments Anonymous - The author of the comments will not be shown, except to the instructor.

Grade These Comments - Select this option if you would like to create a gradebook entry for comments on each student pages. Enter the Maximum points a user can earn for their group of comments on a student page.

Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed - Select this option if you would like the student contents section to be accessible only after previously 'Required' items have been completed/accessed.

Require This Item - Select this option to make this item a 'Required' item for later on in the LessonBuilder plan. The requirement will be satisfied once someone has added added a page with at least some content.

Edit the groups for which this item should be shown - If you have groups or sections in the site, allows you to make the student content block visible only to some groups. Students who are not in one of the checked sections of groups will not see this item on their page at all.

To save your changes, click Update Item.



Grading Student Content

If you have selected the Create gradebook entries for these option, you will be able to assign grades for student pages. An entry will be created for in the Gradebook and/or Gradebook 2 tool.

To grade a student page, select the page you would like to grade by clicking on the users name. At the top of the student page, there is a Points box for a numerical entry.

Type the number of points you wish to assign a student page in the Points box and press the Enter key or Submit button to submit the grade. Any grades that are typed in but not submitted are displayed in red.

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Grading Comments in Student Content

If you selected Add a comments section to each page, you can view comments added by users for each student page by clicking the link for the student page.

If you have selected the Grade these comments option, you will be able to assign a grade to each student for their group of comments. An entry will be created in the Gradebook and/or Gradebook 2 tool.

Type the number of points you wish to assign comments in the Points box next to the comment, and then press the Enter key to submit the grade. Any grades that are typed in but not submitted are displayed in red.

You can also assign grades for comments by clicking the Show Grading Pane button at the top left corner of the Student Content tool. On the Grading Pane page, you will see a list of users that have left comments on student pages, and their assigned grades (if you have done so already).

Type the number of points you wish to assign comments in the Points box next to the comment, and then press the Enter key to submit the grade. Any grades that are typed in but not submitted are displayed in red.

To see a list of all the comments the individual has added, click the Toggle Comments button. This will show a list of comments the user has added to all the student pages.

For information on how to edit the settings for the entries in Gradebook or Gradebook 2, please see the respective help documentation.



Deleting the Student Content Tool

The Delete option may be used to delete the student block from the page. Note that the student pages themselves remain in the database, although only an administrator will be able to retrieve them.

Note that when a student uploads a file through a student page, it is normally put into the resources area of their workspace. LessonBuilder will give authorized readers of the page access to any file that is listed in the student's page, even if it wouldn't normally be visible to others.




Importing Common Cartridge files


This function allows you to read a file in IMS Common Cartridge Format. This format is used by content vendors to supply instructional material, including tests and pages of content. Other course management systems such as Blackboard can also export the contents of a course in Common Cartridge format. So this can be used to move content between course management systems.

Currently Sakai can read Common Cartridge versions 1.0 and 1.1, but it can't write this format. Writing will be available in a future version.

When you import a Common Cartridge, it can (depending upon the cartridge) create new pages with content on them, and add tests and forum topics. It can also create question pools. If it create a question pool, it will only show up if you go into Test Center and use "Questions Pools."




Adding External Tools


This function can be used to add external tools that use the IMS Basic Learning Tool Interoperability standard. This standard permits applications to be written that will support any course management system. Typically these are commercial web applications run by publishers.

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Reorganizing Content


By default, new content items are added to the bottom of a LessonBuilder page. You can use the Reorder tool to arrange the content in any order.

To start, click the Reorder button at the top of the page. Highlight the item you wish to move by moving your cursor over the item (the cursor should change to crosshairs cursor). Press and hold the left mouse button to drag the item to the desired location. Click Save to complete the process.

You can also quickly add new items to your LessonBuilder page while in the Reorder Page Items screen. Click the Add items from another page link to do so.

You can preview the content you will be adding by clicking on the name of the page. To add the page, select the radio button next to its name. Once you have selected the page you would like to add, click Use selected item.

If you are satisfied with the order of your items, press the Save button.

Note that in accessibility enhanced settings some browsers will allow you to use the keyboard to move items. Select the number to the left of the item, then hold control while pressing the up or down arrow keys. With some browsers it may be necessary to key the arrows twice.