Lessons

Overview

kuraCloud makes it easy to author beautiful and interactive lessons. Lessons are the smallest units of kuraCloud, and can be anything from a tutorial, lecture, presentation, lab, assessment, or even an exam. Each lesson is filled with different panel types to add in information, questions, and multimedia aids to get your students engaged in the material. Lessons can be stand-alone or grouped together into modules. This section covers the essentials of how to create, edit, revise, copy, import/export, publish, and delete lessons.

 

Creating

Creating a lesson in kuraCloud is easy. Simply select the course where you want the lesson to appear and select Lessons to open the Lessons card. Then, select New and a new lesson will automatically open.  Select  in the header to edit the title of your lesson at any time while authoring.  

You can also edit your lesson title on the Administration pages by selecting Edit Details from Lesson Details card.

For more information about creating lessons as an author, click here.

 

 

Editing

Select Lessons from the Course card, and choose the lesson you wish to edit. Within the Lesson Details card (which will have your lesson title at the top), select Edit Details to change the lesson name and add or edit your lesson description.

You can even add an image to your lessons that students will see when they log into your course or module. Just select Change Image and select your file. The lesson name will automatically appear over the image.

 

Entering Keywords will make the lesson searchable in the Filter lessons search bar on your Lessons card. For more information about editing a lesson as an author, click here

 

Revisions

The Revision feature allows you gaze back through authoring history, revert to previous versions of the lesson, and copy past revisions to your current lesson list. To see a list your revisions, select Revisions on the Lesson Details card, just below the Lesson Image and Keywords. 

 

Select a past version of the lesson from your list of revisions, and you will have three options: View, Restore or Copy. 

  • Select View to browse through a past variation of your lesson.
  • Select Restore to make the previous revision the most up-to-date version of the lesson. 
  • Select Copy to copy the revision into your Lessons card, so that you have multiple versions of the same lesson to share and compare with authors in your course.

Publishing

Before students can see any lessons, they must first be published from the Administration side. To do this, select the lesson you want students to have access to and then select Publish in the Lesson Details card.

 

A popup dialog will appear reminding you that publishing makes the lesson visible to students. If you are still sure you want to publish the lesson, select Publish LessonA time stamp of when you published the lesson will show up on the Lesson Details card, and the published lesson icon will appear next to the lesson on the Lessons card.


Authors can still edit lessons after they have been published, but the published lesson must be updated to the latest version by an Administrator before students have access to the changes. If the lesson has been updated,  will be replaced by the update lesson icon, on your Lessons card. A message will also appear on the Lesson Details card: 

To publish the latest changes of the lesson, select the published lesson link shown above. You can also navigate to your list of published lessons by selecting Published in the Course card. From there, choose the lesson to be updated and select Update to Latest. Note: Only students who have not started the lesson will receive the updated version. If a lesson is in progress, the student will continue on the version they started with. You can also make published lessons unavailable to students by selecting Unpublish within the Published Lesson card.

 

Copying

There are a few ways you can copy a lesson from the Administration pages. You can copy any lesson from within the Lesson Details card through the gear menu by selecting Duplicate. This creates an exact replica of the lesson within the Lesson card. If you wish to copy your lesson to a different course, simply select Copy to course, and choose which course you want your lesson to appear in from the drop down menu that appears.

You can also create a copy of a previous revision of your lesson on the Lesson Revisions card. (For more information on copying Lesson Revisions, click here.) 

All copied or duplicated lesson have the same, full functionality as any other lesson: they can be published, exported, duplicated, copied to another course, and deleted.  

 

 

Exporting

Lessons can individually exported as a .kura file which can be imported into another kuraCloud module or instance. Exporting and importing .kura files is easy to do. To export, simply navigate to the lesson you wish to export, and select Export from the gear menu on the Lesson Details card. 

To import, navigate to the Lessons card (containing your list of lessons), select Import from the gear menu, and attach your desired .kura file. It will load and then be visible in your list of lessons. 

Deleting

If you no longer require a lesson, you can choose to delete it from your Lessons list. Simply select Delete from the gear menu on the Lesson Details card. 

You can easily recover deleted lessons from the gear menu on the Lessons card by selecting Deleted Lessons. Choose the deleted lesson you want to bring back, and select Restore Lesson.  

 

Instructor Material

Any person with access to the Lesson card can upload Instructor Material.

Both .pdf and .docx files can be uploaded. One file per lesson can be uploaded and this file must be less than 20 MB.

Once a file has been uploaded, anyone with access to the Lesson card can then download the file.

The uploaded file can be deleted at any time, too.

When this lesson is exported or shared, the Instructors Material will be included. 

Digital Rights Management

Anyone with access to the Lesson card can add Digital Rights Management to protect lessons from additional exporting and/or editing. 

To add Digital Rights to your lesson, select Edit Details on the Lesson card. Here you’ll see a Digital Rights Management section. Selecting Protect allows you to choose from two options show below:

If you choose an option and select Protect, the lesson card will now show that the lesson is protected and you will also have the option to Remove DRM (select Edit Details if you do not see this button).

When this lesson is exported and imported into another course, the Lesson card will indicate the lesson is DRM protected.

Note: the same DRM protection applies when you copy a lesson to another course also.

Group Lessons

Group lessons in kuraCloud are just like single student lessons but with added support for group work. 

To create a group lesson, you simply create a lesson, then edit the lessons settings and select the group lesson checkbox. You will see the group icon beside the lesson name to help identify group lessons.

Authoring a Group Lesson

A group lesson can be designed just the same way as a single student lesson. There are no panels designed specifically for group work. 

Group Activity

The completion or report page in a group lesson includes Group Activity information. This will be visible to your students during their progress within the group lesson. This information may be particularly useful if a group reforms, as students can see their progress and information on which students were involved.