Blocks: Lesson objectives

block_objectives
Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
Displays current lesson objectives in the side-bar
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Gavin Henrick
Sunday, 2 October 2011, 7:06 PM
General comments

The block provides the teacher a way of created trackable objectives to a lesson timetable. Each objective then appears in the block and can be ticked off by the teacher. Unlike some blocks, the objectives are arbitrary and not linked to any Moodle activity or Moodle resource, they are just linked to that timetable period. The objectives can also be associated with the Moodle Groups in the course.

Is it simple to install?

The download zip on the plugins page holds one folder which contains the files for the block. When upgrading through the notifications page, it installed successfully and there was no new global settings for this block. This block is hosted on the GitHub if you want to browse the source code or install from there.

Is there documentation for it?

The Plugin Entry for Block Lesson Objectives has instructions for how use the block and there is a MoodleDocs page with download, installation, usage and contact info. There is a detailed README which has the same install/usage details which also clearly identifies which Moodle version the Block zip is for, as it is available for Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.0. 

Is it easy for the teacher/admin to use?

Although I found it a little confusing at the beginning, probably due to the other blocks I have used which do course or task tracking, once I got my head around it, it is straight forward. The teacher creates the timetable entries on a per day basis, and then can edit the objectives details for those time segments. One neat feature is the ability to set objectives per group, or for all groups.

Is it easy for the learner/student to use?

Yes it is very easy to view, the student can just see what the objectives are for the lesson period and whether they have been met or not. This is a neat visual aid to aid motivation of students. The objectives can also be expanded to a popup for a clearer picture.

Does it do what it promises?

Yes. This is a straight forward block, which a teacher can use to display the learning objectives of a course within a block. This is a neat addition to the plugins one may use in your course!