A lesson is a collection of activities that are interrelated. Teachers can use the lesson module to share both bookshelf and external resources, which are presented to students as tiles in a step-by-step digital lesson.
This article has four sections:
Create the Lesson Shell
- Step 1: Navigate to the Lessons module.
- Step 2: Select Create Lesson in the top right corner.
- Step 3: Title the lesson.
- Step 4: Give directions for the lesson (optional).
Add Activities to your Lesson
💡 Tip from the Otus Team - you must have at least one activity in order to assign your lesson.
There are four types of activities:
- Add Instructions - this is a simple set of text for students to read.
- Add From Bookshelf - add an item from your bookshelf.
- Add Resource - add resources such as files, videos, and links, to name a few.
- Add Assessment - link an assessment to the lesson.
- Add Question - this adds a tile that will prompt the students to answer a multiple choice, true-false, or short answer question directly within the lesson.
See below for details on each.
➡️ Add Instructions
This is the simplest type of activity - a set of instructions. There will be nothing for the student to click, view, or watch; just text for students to read. Once you click on Add Instructions, you will:
➡️ Add from Bookshelf
Do you have a resource on your bookshelf that you'd like to use? You can add that resource directly into an activity by selecting Add from Bookshelf.
➡️ Add Resource
Do you have a resource you want your students to use that isn't already on your bookshelf? You can add that resource directly into an activity by selecting Add Resource.
❗ Important Note: - any new resource you add/create here will automatically be added to your bookshelf.
Click on the links below to see directions on how to add each type of resource.
➡️ Add Assessment
Do you have an assessment you want to direct students to while they are in a lesson? You can do that by selecting the Add Assessment option when creating a new activity.
➡️ Add Question
The example shown below is a multiple choice question.
➡️ Looking for example images to add to your lesson tiles? Select the button below!
How do Students Submit Work?
Lessons are designed for the delivery of instructional content. If students need to submit work, you can create an assessment and then link it to an activity in your lesson. The most frequently used assessment type for lesson-related assignments is our rubric assessment.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Understanding the difference between lessons and assessments: Consider lessons to be equivalent to whole group instruction on the rug or a lecture in class. Students are provided with a series of learning resources. Then the assessments in Otus are equivalent to when the student goes back to their desk and prepares work to turn in to the teacher or when they begin working on the homework/classwork after the lecture.
- Can I re-order the activities? Yes, you can re-order the activities by dragging and dropping them into the order you wish.
- Can I edit my lesson once I've saved it? Yes, check out this article for more details on editing lessons
- If I make edits to a lesson, do I have to assign the lesson again? No, any updates you make to a lesson will automatically update for the students. There is no need to reassign.
- Can I change the colors of the numbers on the lesson tiles? The colors of the numbers on the lessons tiles can't be changed.
- Can I embed an assessment directly into the lesson? Currently, the best way to add an assessment to a lesson is by using a link to that assessment; however, this feature will be available in the future. Stay tuned!