Adding Activities

Activities, such as forums, quizzes and wikis enable interactive content to be added to the course. Some are only suitable for a tutor/teacher supported course (tutor only) rather than a free standing open educational resource.

  • Blog allows for creation of blogs within a course (tutor only)
  • Choice enables a tutor to ask a question and offer possible responses (tutor only)
  • Custom Certificate is your preferred design, rather than standard Statement of Participation
  • Forum provides a discussion Moodle forum facility (tutor only)
  • Glossary can be a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or resources for information.  
  • H5P HTML5 Package of interactive content (presentations, videos, multimedia, questions etc).
  • Lesson enables sharing content and/or practice activities in flexible ways (tutor only). 
  • Questionnaire allows survey construction using a variety of survey question types.
  • Quiz enables a course author to create quizzes comprising questions of various types.
  • SCORM package Shareable Content Object Reference Model collection of files.   
  • StudentQuiz allows students to add questions for the crowd (tutor only).
  • Wiki lets users edit a set of linked pages, often a collaborative activity (tutor only). 
  • Workshop enables collection, review and peer assessment of students' work (tutor only)

2. Choice

The choice activity module enables a teacher to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses.  Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously.  A choice activity may be used

  • As a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic
  • To quickly test students' understanding
  • To facilitate student decision-making, for example allowing students to vote on a direction for the course

The choice activity is likely to only be used in a tutor supported course.

You need to have the Course Manager or Teacher role to be able to see learner choices in OpenLearn Create, so will need to complete the Data Declaration form to get this role (please contact the OpenLearn create mailbox to request the form). 

Set up the Choice activity as follows:

Step 1:

Click on the dropdown arrow of the 'Add an activity' box and select 'Choice' from the list. Add a name and a short description which explains to the learners about the activity.  You can display the description on the course page if you like.

Step 2:

You need to set the following Options:

  • Allow choice to be updated (default is No)
  • Allow more than one choice to be selected (default is No)
  • Limit the number of responses allowed (default is No)

This option allows you to limit the number of participants who can select each choice option. When the limit is reached then no-one else can select that option.
If limits are disabled then any number of participants can select each of the options.

Step 3:

Then you need to specify the options that the participants can choose, one option for each field. You can add more options if you have a long list.

Step 4:

If you want to restrict the Choice to a particular time period then you need to set this in ‘Availability’.  You can also allow the learners to preview the available options before the choice is opened up for submission.

Step 5:

In the Results settings, you need to set the following:

Publish results

  • Do not publish results to students (default)
  • Show results to students after they answer
  • Show results to students only after the Choice is closed
  • Always show results to students

Privacy for results (only activated if results are to be shown to students)

  • Publish anonymous results, do not show student names (default)
  • Publish full results, showing their names and choices

Show column for unanswered (default is No)

Include responses from inactive/suspended users (default is No)

Step 6:

You probably don’t need to touch the Common module settings, unless you are using groups.

Step 7:

You probably don’t need to touch Restrict access unless you do want to add a restriction.

Step 8:

Save and display.

Step 9:

You will not be able to view and test the choices how they appear to the learner unless you switch role to the learner view (if you have ‘course manager’ or 'teacher' role) or enrol a test account onto the course and give it the ‘reviewer’ role.  In another browser login to your draft course using the test account and view the Choice activity to see how it looks to the learner.

Step 10:

As the course owner, you can view and download the responses.  You can also delete selected or all of the responses.