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Notebook

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The Notebook Activity is a tool for learners to record their thoughts during a sequence. In much the same way that the advanced Reflection feature is used, the Notebook tool allows the teacher to include a specific activity during a sequence that requires Learners to write down their thoughts or opinions. As a result, the learner cannot progress to the next activity until they have written in their Notebook. The input to the Notebook is automatically recorded as a fixed entry that is viewable by the teacher.

The Notebook is different from the Learner's Private Notebook or Scratchpad found in the lower left-hand corner of the Learner view, which they can choose to use (or not) at any time during the sequence. These entries are usually private to the learner (ie, not viewable bu the teacher), but can be converted from Private Scratchpad entries into Monitor-Viewable Journal entries.


Notebook Authoring

All properties sheets contain three tabs:
* *Basic:* Which controls the _Content_ of the Activity.
* *Advanced:* Which controls the _Behaviour_ of the Activity.
* *Instructions:* Provides information on the _Structure_ of the activity.

Basic Tab

!notice_basic.PNG|thumbnail! *View of the Notebook Authoring Basic tab.*

The Basic Tab for the Notebook Activity allows you to specify a title for the activity, and give learners a set of instructions for completing the activity:
* *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|authoring#propinspector].
* *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.
* *Specific Features:* The Notebook activity has no specific features on the Basic tab.

While the Notebook has similar properties to the [Noticeboard|lanb11], 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|lanb11] only allows you to provide content to Learners.

Advanced Tab

!notebook_advanced.PNG|thumbnail! *View of the Notebook Authoring Advanced tab.*

* *Lock When Finished:* This option is available on all Activities.
** Enabling this option in _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, Learner's will be able to revisit the Notebook activity using the Progress Bar and modify their response for the duration of the sequence.
* *Allow Rich Text Editor:* This option enables or disables the FCKEditor for Learner's responses to the Notebook question. The default is Disabled.

Note that the Notebook does *not* have the option to add a Reflective Notebook once the activity is completed.

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Notebook Monitoring

Summary Screen

!nbSummary.PNG|thumbnail! *View of the Notebook Monitoring Summary tab.*

The *Summary Tab* for the Notebook Activity lists the names of all Learners who have completed the activity, and provides access for the Monitor to view the Notebook entries for each learner.

These are open by clicking the _"View"_ hyperlink.

Instructions

!instructions.PNG|thumbnail! *View of the Notebook Monitoring Instructions tab.*

In the Authoring Environment, Authors can use the *Instructions Space* to attach support files for a specific activity, or leave comments for othe Monitors about how a given activity should be run.

These comments and files can be viewed from here - the *Instructions Tab.*

Edit Activity

Clicking the *Edit Activity* button opens a new screen identical to the 'Basic' tab in the authoring environment.
* *LAMS 2.0.4* will only allow notebook editing if +no learners have reached the activity.+
* LAMS 2.1 allows editing the Notebook activity at +any time+ during a sequence.

Unlike [Live Edit], this form of Editing can only modify the content of an activity, as opposed to the structure of a sequence.

Statistics

The *Notebook Summary* screen repeats the numbers of Learners who have attempted the Activity.
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Branching Condition for Notebook

The Notebook Tool now supports *Text Based Conditions* (see [LDEV-1926@bugs]). This means that Learners can be assigned to [groups|lagrp11] or streamed along [branches|labranch21] according to their responses to a Notebook Activity.

Adding a Text Based condition to a Notebook Activity

* To add a new condition to a Notebook, first click the new *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.

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 |