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When using Group-Based branching, the branching decisions are completely automatic. LAMS displays the Grouping Object to Learners, and the transition from the main sequence to the branched activity is seamless.

Method Three: Tool-Output Based Branching

The third branching method involves basing the branching decisions from the output of a particular activity - that is, output from an activity based on what the learner has contributed.

Some activities may have specific conditions (such as the number of correct responses for a Multiple Choice), and most activities support Text-based conditions, where LAMS can make branching decisions based on certain words that a Learner has or has not typed into an activity.

The Q&A, Forum, Survey, Chat and Notebook activities all support these branching conditions.

Use feedback from an activity to assign Learners to Branches.

*+There are two key concepts involved in Tool-Based branching: _Conditions_ and _Mappings_.+*

  • Conditions are a way of grouping learners by their performance in the relevant activity. For example, a condition may be based on whether a learner has answered all questions in a quiz correctly or not. For more information on currently available conditions, view this page for the Multiple Choice or this page for the Forum.
  • Mappings describe which Condition sends learners to which branch. Once LAMS determines which Condition the Learner is a part of, the Mapping is used to send that Learner to a particular branch.
  • A particular Condition may only be mapped to a single branch, but a single branch may have several different conditions mapped to it.

These step-by-step instructions describe how to create a Tool-Output Based Branching:

  1. Create the Branching Activity as normal.

  2. Place either a Forum or Multiple Choice activity in the sequence BEFORE the Branching activity, and create the transition lines.

  3. Select the Branching activity. Using the Properties Inspector, select Tool Output from Branching Type menu.

  4. A new drop-down will appear, allowing for selection of any one of the Forum or Multiple Choice activities in the sequence.

  5. Choose the Setup Conditional Statements button.

  6. Define the Conditions as required for the sequence, and then click Done.

  7. The Setup Mappings dialog will open. This dialog specifies which Conditions are Mapped to each Branch.
    1. Select a Condition from the First Column.
    2. Select the Branch where the Condition will be mapped.
    3. Click >> button to create the mapping.
    4. Repeat until all conditions have been mapped to a branch.

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