The CCLE Lesson Tool

CCLE - Lesson

A lesson is similar to a quiz but it is designed to be used as both a teaching and assessment tool rather than just as assessment. Its flexible features make it easy for a student to correct mistakes and build on progress throughout the activity. Lessons allow an instructor to create adaptive learning activities that can be graded or ungraded. It can be a series of pages presented in linear fashion (like a slideshow), a non-linear, branching manner, or as a combination of the two.

How to Add a Lesson

  1. Go to the week or section of your course site in which you would like to add the lesson.

  2. Click the orange “Turn editing on” button in the upper right hand corner.

  3. Click Add an activity or resource at the bottom of the page.

  4. In the new window that appears, select “Lesson” and click “Add.”

  5. Give the lesson a name and click “Save and display

  6. For a detailed explanation of the settings, see Lesson Settings below.

Creating Lesson Content

When you first click on your new lesson, you will see this page:

Import questions

Clicking this takes you to a page where you can upload a file with questions for the lesson.

Add a content page

Clicking this takes you to a page where you can give general information to a student and give them a variety of content buttons to select at the bottom of the page. 

  • Clicking a button creates a Jump to the link associated with the button.

  • When a student selects one of the buttons, their choice is not scored. They are taken to the corresponding page.

How to Create Content

  1. Select the “Edit” tab from the main page of your Lesson.

  1. Under “Edit,” also select “Expanded,” then select Add a content page. This will automatically take you to screen titled “Add a content page.”

  2. Give the page a title and upload or write your page's contents.

  3. Whatever you write in the Content 1 Description area will appear to the student as a button similar this screenshot:

  1. In the drop-down menu next to “Jump,” select the destination the student will reach when he or she clicks on the corresponding button. The options are as follows: 


  1. Click Save page to return to the main Lesson editing screen.

  • Note: If you want to have more than 4 buttons per screen, click on “Edit settings” in the Settings > Lesson administration box (a small gray gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen) and under the “Appearance” section, change the “Maximum number of answers” to your desired number. You may have to click on “Show more…” before you can see the option to change the maximum number of answers under “Appearance.”

General Features of a Content page:

  1. Content pages are pages which have a set of links to other pages in the lesson. Typically, a lesson may start with a Content page that serves as a table of contents.

  2. Each link in a Content page has two components, a Jump and a Description that the student sees as a button.

  3. A Content page can effectively divide the lesson into a number of branches (or sections). Each branch can contain a number of pages (likely all related to the same topic). The end of a branch is usually marked by an End of Branch page. This is a special page that, by default, returns the student back to the preceding “Branch Table.” As with any page, the Return jump at an End of Branch page can be changed by editing the page. In some versions, using a This page jump in an End of Branch, will send the student to the first page in the lesson.

  4. Branches can be nested within each other. For example, a lesson might be structured so that specialist points are sub-branches within the main subject branches. Working on nested sub-branches can get complicated without a plan.

  5. Content pages can also be used to hold content in the lesson as a simple page. As such, they are really non-graded content pages. With no description, their jump-link will automatically go to the next page if that is the default in the lesson setting.

Add a Cluster

A cluster is a group of question pages that will be offered randomly to a student as they work through the lesson. It is best if you have made the question pages beforehand and can then decide where to mark the start and end of the cluster. The start is marked by a Cluster page and the end by an End of cluster page.

Add a Question Page

This link will allow you to choose from a variety of question types, which will then be added as pages to your lesson.

Question types available on Question pages are:

  • Multichoice

  • Essay

  • Matching

  • Numerical

  • Short Answer

  • True/false

Lesson Settings


After adding a lesson activity, you are automatically brought to its settings page. Provide a name for the lesson, and include a description, if desirable. 


  • Progress bar: Selecting "Yes" prompts a bar to display at the bottom of lesson pages, which shows the approximate percentage of completion.

  • Display menu: Selecting "Yes" displays a list of pages.

  • Show More: Clicking this allows for more appearance options, including: 

    • Linked media: A box to upload linked media files for the lesson

    • Display ongoing score: An option to display an ongoing score for students to track the current points they have earned out of total possible points

    • Minimum grade to display menu: The instructor can specify a minimum grade percentage students needs to meet before viewing the lesson menu, which forces students to go through an entire lesson on their first attempt, and use the menu for review only after obtaining the required grade.

    • Slideshow: An option to display the lesson as a slideshow

    • Maximum number of answers: This setting, which can be changed at any time by the instructor, specifies the number of answers used in the lesson. If using only True and False questions, the number can be set to 2.

    • Use default feedback: If enabled, when a response is not found for a particular question, the default responses “That’s the correct answer” or “That’s the wrong answer” are automatically shown.

    • Link next to activity: The instructor can choose to link another activity that follows the lesson.


This setting allows the instructor to set a time range and time limit for the lesson. Check the “Enable” boxes by each option you wish to use. “Show more” will prompt options that include:

  • Password protected lesson: This provides the instructor with the option to protect a lesson with a password. 

  • Allow lesson to be attempted offline using the mobile app: Students can download the lesson and attempt it offline. All possible answers and correct responses will also be downloaded.

    • Note: this setting can not be enabled if the lesson has a time limit.

Flow Control

  • Allow student review: By selecting “Yes,” students can navigate through the lesson again from the start.

  • Provide option to try a question again: By selecting “Yes,” when a question is answered incorrectly, the student is given the option to try it again for no point credit or to continue with the lesson.

  • Maximum number of attempts: This setting specifies the maximum number of attempts allowed for each question. If a student answers incorrectly repeatedly, when the maximum is reached, the next page of the lesson is displayed.

  • Action after correct answer: The instructor has the option to display 1 of 3 options:

    • Normal - Follow lesson plan

    • Show an unseen page - Pages are shown in a random order with none shown twice

    • Show an unanswered page - Pages are shown in a random order, with pages showing unanswered questions shown again

  • Number of pages shown: This specifies the number of pages displayed in a lesson. It is only applicable for lessons with pages shown in a random order (when “Action after correct answer” is set to “Show an unseen page” or “Show an unanswered page”). If set to 0, all pages are shown.

Grade Settings

As with other graded activities on CCLE, instructors can change how they will grade a lesson and where in that score will be stored.

  • Grade category: Controls whether or not you want a lesson score to be recorded in the gradebook, whether you want a student to be able to retake the lesson, and how consequent grades will be factored into the gradebook

  • Grade to Pass: allows you to set a minimum grade for students to pass the lesson

  • Practice Lesson: Selecting “Yes” allows students to practice the lesson before they take it for a grade.

  • Re-takes allowed: allows students to take the lesson multiple times

  • Handling of re-takes: specifies whether the grade for the lesson is the mean or maximum of all attempts

  • Minimum Number of Questions: specifies the minimum number of questions used to calculate the grade for the lesson

You must click Save and Display for all the Lesson Settings before you can add Lesson Content. 

Further Documentation