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Notebook Activity Authoring

All properties sheets contain three tabs:

  • The Basic tab controls the content of the activity.
  • The Advanced tab controls how the activity behaves.
  • The Instructions tab allows authors to comment on the activity itself.

(info) While the Notebook has similar properties to the Noticeboard, it is important not to confuse the two.
A Notebook allows you to pose a question to Learners and have them respond in Private, while a Noticeboard only allows you to provide content to Learners.

Basic tab for the Notebook Activity

View of the Notebook Activity Basic tab.

There are two features on the basic tab common to all activities:

  • Title: All Activities have a web page title which is presented at the top of the activity page when displayed in the Learning Environment. This is NOT the same title as the Title that can be set using the Properties Inspector.
  • Instructions: All Activities have a text area that is presented beneath the title. This is where the main activity text to be displayed to learners is entered. The text can be formatted using the Rich-Text Editor. Image, Video, Audio and URL content can also be displayed in the Instructions area.

Advanced tab for the Notebook Activity

View of the Notebook Activity Advanced tab.

  • Lock When Finished: Enabling this option on the Notebook means that the Learner will be unable to change their response to the Notebook question once they have clicked Finish.
    If this option is disabled, Learners will be able to revisit the Notebook activity using the Progress Bar and modify their response as long as the sequence is running.
  • Allow Rich Text Editor: This option enables or disables the FCKEditor for Learner's responses to the Notebook questions.
    The default is disabled.

Instructions Tab

View of the Instructions tab. This is the same for all activities.

The Instructions tab contains the same features for all Activities.

It allows the Author to create specific instructions for the activity, as well as upload files that may be useful for running the activity (ie: support documents, etc.). It 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.

Branching Conditions for Notebook

Adding Text-Based Conditions to an Activity

Most activities now support text-based conditions.  This means that learners can be assigned to groups or streamed to different branches according to their responses to an Activity.

  • To add a new condition to an activity, first click the  Conditions Tab at  the top of the screen, then click Add Condition.
    • A unique name must be given to each condition created for the activity. It's best practice to relate the name to what the condition is testing for, such as: "Answered Blue" or "Mentioned Oxygen".
  • For each condition, there are several options for how to search the Learners responses:
    • Have all of these words: will seperate the learners who have entered each of the given words as part of their response.
    • Have this exact wording: will seperate the learners who have entered the exact phrase as part their response.
    • Have none of these words: will seperate the learners who have mentioned at least one of the given words as part of their response.
    • Have none of these unwanted words: seperates the learners who have not mentioned any of the given words.
  • These rules can be used simultaneously, and also can be applied to one or more seperate questions.

Text-based conditions are not case sensitive. That is, searching for 'Sheep' will return both 'sheep' and 'Sheep'

Examples:

Conditions can be very specific:
To separate the learners who have replied with Foo and Bar in their response:

have all these words:

foo bar

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

 

have none of these unwanted words:

 

... less specific...
To separate the learners who have replied with either Foo or Bar:

have all these words:

 

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

foo bar

have none of these unwanted words:

 

... and very complex!
To separate the learners who have:

  • replied Foo
  • replied Bat or Bar
  • but not replied with Foobar

have all these words:

bat

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

bat bar

have none of these unwanted words:

foobar


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