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These are the draft help 'tooltips' for inclusion in LAMS.

Basic Tab


The title appears at the top of the activity in Learner view.
You can leave it as default, or give the activity a useful name.
eg: "Bookshelf Catalogue"


Here, you provide more information to Learners about completing the Data Collection activity.
You may wish to describe what the purpose of each record is, or discuss how the data should be collected by learners.
The instructions appear as text above the actual data collection tool.

Question List

The question list defines what each data record will contain.
To add a new piece of data, select the data type and click Add Question.
Each individual data row can be marked as Required, which means that the Learner must populate that row with data in order to save the record.

There are several data types availabe, and each has it's own advanced settings:

  • Single Line Text
    • Learner enters a single line of text as an answer.
    • Max Characters specifies how many characters can make up the answer.
  • Multi Line Text
    • Learner enters a multi-line text as an answer.
    • Max Words specifies the total words that are allowed as part of the answer.
  • Number
    • Learner enters a number as an answer.
    • Minimum specifies the lowest number that can be entered.
    • Maximum specifies the highest number that can be entered.
    • Digits after decimal point requires learners to enter decimal numbers as part of their answer.
    • The Summary can automatically calculate the
  • Date
    • Learner enters a date as an answer.
  • File
    • Learner uploads a file as an answer.
  • Image
    • Learner uploads an image as an answer.
  • Radio Buttons
    • Learner chooses one answer from the given options.
    • Summary
  • Dropdown Menu
    • Learner chooses one answer from the given options.
    • Summary
  • Checkbox
    • Learner chooses one or many answers from the given options.
    • Min Selected specifies the minimum number of options that must be selected.
    • Max Selected specifies the maximum number of options that must be selected.
    • Summary
  • Longitude/Latitude
    • Learner enters longitude and latitude (in decimal form) as an answer.
    • Select Maps specifies which internet mapping services can be used to display the answer given. The choices are one or more of either Google Maps, Geabios, Open Street Map or Multimap.

Advanced Tab

Limit number of records

Notify monitoring teachers when a learner enters this activity

Notify monitoring teachers when a learner submits a record

Lock when finished

Enabling this option in Data Collection means that a learner will not be able to edit existing, or add new data records after they have completed the activity. They can still return to the activity via the progress bar to view the data collected.

If this option is disabled, Learners can edit or add new data records until the sequence is closed by a monitor.

Add Notebook at end of Data Collection with following instructions

This feature allows monitors to capture immediate reflections from Learners once they have completed the activity.
When enabled, this feature adds a Notebook activity immediately after the Data Collection.
Note that you can only create text-only instructions for this type of Notebook.
Asking Good Questions


Here, you can write or upload relevant comments or material for this activity.

This information is a resource that can be used by teachers who are running the sequence for their learners. (In the Monitoring Environment, the Instructions for an Activity can be viewed by double clicking the activity on the Sequence tab and then selecting the Instructions tab.

The instructions can be retrieved by other authors who open the activity, or by monitors running the sequence.

There are two types of Instruction possible, Offline and Online, depending on the mode that the teacher wishes to run the activity. The feature is useful for teachers who are sharing sequences with their colleagues as it provides an area where the Author can describe any learning objectives and/or the specific purpose of the activity.


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