How courses are structured
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Modules
Learning points
Presentation pages
Question pages
Tests
Glossary and 'how to' libraries
Information page

The toolkit assumes that your courses have a simple hierarchical structure, consisting of one or more modules each containing one or more sections or 'learning points'.

Modules
Modules are the primary subdivision of the course material. All available modules are listed in the 'sidebar' on the left of the window. As an example, the toolkit itself has three modules - 'using the toolkit', 'sample pages' and 'sample test'.

It makes sense to limit the number of modules to what can fit sensibly in the sidebar, without the need for scrolling - that's a maximum of around 18 modules if your browser window is 800x600 pixels.

As a guideline, a module would contain enough material for a single session - say 20 minutes to an hour of learning.

Note that modules are not course-specific. You can use the same modules in as many courses as you wish.
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Learning points
Modules can be divided into sections or what the toolkit calls 'learning points'. For example, this module has six learning points, accessed from the module menu. Why not click on the 'up one level' button above and see for yourself?

Learning points are, in turn, made up of one or more pages - each a separate HTML file. To complete a learning point, a user moves sequentially through the pages, using the previous and next page buttons, until they reach the end, when they are returned to the module menu.
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Presentation pages
A normal presentational page can contain any mix of text, graphics and animations. The templates constrain the width of these pages to 600 pixels, for two reasons:

  • to ensure the pages can be viewed at 800x600 resolution
  • as a way of restricting the width of lines of text and therefore improving usability

You can format these pages in columns to create a wide range of layouts, depending on the images and text that you need to display.
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Question pages
The toolkit makes available seven different question templates:

  • multi-choice
  • multiple answer
  • text or number input
  • true-false
  • image map
  • ordering and matching
  • drag and drop

All questions are displayed as individual pages, with feedback appearing beneath the question. This allows the user to make multiple selections and receive customised feedback on each selection, without annoying page refreshes. To see for yourself, try the sample questions.
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Tests
Tests are a special form of module containing an introduction page, a series of question pages, a score page and (for users that pass the test) a certificate. Tests will normally be used to assess mastery of the course material, but can be used to help a user assess their knowledge of the subject matter before starting the course.
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Glossary and 'how to' libraries
The toolkit allows for two libraries of additional pages to be maintained, for access anywhere within a  course:

  • the glossary, containing definitions or explanations of key terms
  • 'how  tos' explaining how something is done

Again there are examples in the sample pages.

The glossary and 'how to' libraries are not course-specific. In other words, you can, if you wish, make use of the same libraries across many courses.

Users can access the libraries from hyperlinks within any of the course pages or by clicking on the glossary button in the sidebar.
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Information page
You can provide a full set of instructions for your course on the information page. This is accessed from the information button on the sidebar.
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