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Combining guided and discovery learning

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Combining guided and discovery learning

I needed to provide a resource for discovery style learning where the student is asked questions and left to find the answers, and didactic programmed learning where the student is spoon-fed the information and then asked questions about it.

I wanted to use a wiki as a resource for the discovery learners (and for classroom blended learning).

I wanted to use the Lesson activity for the guided learning.

However, I did not want to maintain two separate resources with the danger they would get out of synch.

In the end I managed to get the Wiki article to appear in the Lesson question page using this HTML code:


<script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[
function resizeIframe(obj) { = obj.contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight + 'px';
// ]]></script>
<iframe onload="resizeIframe(this);" seamless="" scrolling="no" style="margin: 0; padding: 0; border: none; width: 100%; margin-top: -2.2em; background-color: white;" src=""{the wiki page no goes here}"></iframe></p>

<p>{The question goes here}</p>


However, although this works, it feels clunky. Does anyone know a better way to achieve the same result.

PS If you need to know why on earth I am providing the didactic programmed learning option, I think 'contractual obligations' sums it up pretty well.

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