Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

English (Australia)


Gates allow teachers to create Stop Points during a sequence. These Stop points halt the progress of learners through a sequence until a specified condition is met.
There are several ways to open a stop point:

  • Permission: The teacher must deactivate the gate in the Monitoring environment.
  • Synchronise: All learners must reach the gate before it deactivates.
  • Schedule: The gate opens after a specified has elapsed since the sequence was started.

Authoring Gates

Creating Gates

You can create Gates in one of two ways:

  • Add a Gate to a Transition Line
    • Create a transition line between two activities.
    • Double-click the transition line to bring up a prompt where you can select a type of Gate.
  • From the Flow Menu
    • Click the Flow Menu, then select Gate.
    • Click on the Authoring Space to place the Gate in the sequence.
    • Create transition lines to and from the Gate.

Gates do not have Properties pages, as all options can be changed by using the Properties Inspector.

Types of Gates

There are three different Gating modes available:

  1. Synchronise
    • The gate will open when all learners in the sequence have reached the gate. This Gating method can be used to ensure that learners reach a particular activity in a sequence simultaneously.
  2. Schedule
    • The gate will open after a certain amount of time from when the sequence is first activated. LAMS will display the time when the Gate will be opened to Learners when they reach the Gate in the Learning Environment.
    • The time between sequence start and gate release must be specified in the Properties Inspector.
  3. Permission
    • The gate is opened from the monitoring environment. LAMS informs the users that they must wait for a monitor to open the Gate before progressing. See Gate Monitoring Instructions for more details.

Monitoring Gates

Permission Gates

'Go' buttons on the 'Lesson' tab.

If a sequence contains one or more Permission Gates, a 'Go' button appears for each gate on the Lesson tab tab, under the heading Required Tasks. See the figure opposite.

Annotated view of a Permission gate Summary screen.

If a Permission Gate is double-clicked on the Sequence tab, a Summary sheet appears, displaying the number of Learners who are currently waiting at the gate position (ie: have reached the position of the gate in the sequence), as well as a 'Open Gate' command button. This has the same function as the 'Go' button on the Lesson tab.

Synchronise Gates

When a Sync Gate is double-clicked on the Sequence tab, a summary sheet opens displaying the number of Learners waiting for the gate to open (ie: have reached the position of the gate in the sequence) alongside a graphic showing the current state of the gate, either open or closed.

The only way to open a Sync Gatebefore all Learners have reached it is to drag-and-drop the learner icons from earlier in the sequence onto the Sync Gate 'Stop' icon. This will accelerate all of the learners to the gate, skipping any intermediate activities.

Schedule Gates

When a Schedule Gate is double-clicked on the Sequence tab, a summary screen identical to the ones described above is shown, with the addition of the timestamp for when the gate will open.
Remember that Schedule gates open based on the time elapsed since the sequence was started, either directly or through the monitoring environment.