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Quick guide

    This is a quick guide to several eFront characteristics based on a concrete example.

    Overview

    We assume that by now you have installed eFront and that you have at your disposal three main users (an Administrator, a Professor and a Student).

    In this tutorial, you will learn:

    • How to create new categories and new lessons (Administrator role)
    • How to enroll users to lessons (Administrator role)
    • How to describe your lesson (Professor role)
    • How to create the basic structure of your lesson (Professor role)
    • How to create tests for your lesson (Professor role)
    • How to decide what components to activate for your lesson (Professor role)
    • How to create rules to restrict and guide the users (Professor role)
    • How to track users' progress and give grades (Professor role)
    • How to register to the system (Student role)
    • How to follow the lesson's material and track your progress (Student role)
    • How to communicate with your fellow lesson students or with the professor (Student role)

    Create a new Category and Lesson

    Assume that we want to build a lesson about ancient Maya civilizations. We will call it "Maya history".

    We first need to log-in as an Administrator. If we want we can create a new Category that provides a logical organization of our lessons.

    • From the Administrator panel, select "Categories" and then "Add Category"
    • We use "Ancient Civilizations" as the name of the new category. The new category is a first-level/top-level category (it has no parent folder). By using parent categories, we could build an arbitrarily big list of nested categories (disciplines/subjects and courses within those disciplines), but it is not needed for our example.

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    • We return to the main Administration panel and select "Lessons"
    • We use "Maya Civilization" as the name of our new lesson. We put it under the "Ancient Civilizations" category and save the new lesson.

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    Note: Make sure that you select the "Lesson is available directly" option instead of "Available exclusively through a course". Otherwise, we will not be able to treat the lessons as a self-contained entity.

    Enroll users

    The second thing we have to do is to assign users and professors to our new lesson. This is accomplished from the administrator panel as well. Additional users can be assigned to the lesson from the professor interface later.

    When we create a new lesson we can assign new users to it immediately. For our example, immediately after saving the lesson we see the tab with the "Lesson users". We just need to select the users we want to enroll to the lesson and their status will be updated.

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    Describe the lesson

    Each lesson may have a small description that presents the basic points it addresses. This description is shown to the students when they put their mouse over the lesson's title.

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    To create the description we first login as a professor. We need to describe the lesson and create the content. From the catalog list we select the "Maya Civilization" and we enter the main professor screen. We select "Lesson information" and we add a Lesson description, Objectives etc.

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    Create the lesson's structure

    We return to the main lesson page and select "Content". Adding new content or modyfing content is accomplished using the tools on the top of the page. When we select to create a unit an editor appears which allows us to manipulate text,images and other multimedia objects, as well as to define some basic options for the lesson.

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    Each unit can have a father unit allowing us to build a tree structure for the content.

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    Create tests

    For this lesson we will create one generic test to ensure that users have understand the basic concepts of "Maya History".

    • From the main control panel of professor we select "Tests"
    • We move to "Questions" tab and create a number of questions. eFront supports the following types of questions: free text, multiple choices-single correct answer, multiple choices-many correct answers, match, true/false, empty spaces, drag and drop.

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    • From "Tests" tab we create a new test and we set its characteristics.In the tab "Mastery score" we must define the score which is the minimum expected,in order for the test to be considered as passed by the student as well as some other characteristics.

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    • When we are done defining the test's characteristics, we have to save it and then continue by selecting the questions.
    • A new tab appears with the name "Test questions". This is the place where we choose the questions that will be included in the specific test.

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    • At the top of this tab there is a "Adjust question" option. You can use this option to optimize the questions' selection using "qualitative descriptions" for the tests. Check on the dedicated Tests article for a detailed description of what is possible.

    Activate components

    The professor has the ability to customize his lessons by activating/deactivating components (e.g, he can deactivate the glossary option).

    The procedure to achieve this effect is as follows:

    • As a professor go to "Administration" option
    • Decide what components should be included to the lesson
    • Click on a component to activate/deactivate it. A deactivated module is shown as a transparent icon.

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    Create rules

    Rules ensure that the user traverses the content of the lesson in a certain way. For example we can enforce a linear way of seeing content.

    • Go to "Lesson rules" on the main menu
    • There exist two categories of rules, the "Content traversing rules" that define the order the student should follow when studying the units,and the "Lesson completion rules" that define when the lesson can be considered as completed.
    • In order to add a rule or a lesson completion condition, define the properties needed.

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    Track user's progress

    From the main lesson page we select "Reports". From there we can track the user progress, his info, his total time in system (user level), lessons details, users, tests and projects (lesson level).

    • User reports:We select the user and his statistic information is revealed.

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    There are four tabs, the "Lessons" tab where we can find information about the student's progress, the "Courses" tab, where we can see the user's progress at the courses, the "More info" tab where we can track general info concerning his communication through the sustem, the system usage etc.and finally the traffic tab that allows us to track the user's activities in a period of time.

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    • Lessons reports:We select the lesson.

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    Its report is consisted of six categories (tabs).
    "Users":info on the users' statistics concerning this lesson

    "Tests":we can track info on the lesson's tests results (which users have taken the tests, what is their score)

    "Questions":we can track info on the results of every single question.

    "Projects":we can track info on the students results at the lesson's project. (In case there are projects in the lesson).

    "More info":it provides some general info on the lesson

    "Traffic":we can define a specific period of time to watch the lesson statistic information(traffic).

    • Test reports:We select the test that interests us at the moment and we can find info about the number of the correct and false answers given in each question.

    There are the following five tabs in the Test reports:

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    Note: All reports can be exported in Excel and Pdf format by using the relevant buttons.

    Register as a student

    Registering can be accomplished either through the Administrator intervention or one can self-register (depending on the system parameters)

    • Through the Administrator intervention:

    Admin goes to "Users" tab on

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    • Self registration:

    From efront's main page, the student clicks on "I do not have an account" and he sets his personal settings.

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    Complete chapters

    The main lesson page includes buttons to start or continue lesson as well as review its information. The first time the student access the lesson, the "Start lesson" button appears.

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    By clicking on it, the student is guided to the first unit of the lesson.Every time the student completes a unit he should click on the bottom button ("set the unit as completed") so that his progress can be measured.

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    he next time that he access the same lesson, the Start button will be replaced by the Resume button.By clicking on it, he is guided to the first unit he has not yet completed (Colonial period).

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    Communicate

    There are several communication tools provided by the platform: Forum, chat, personal messages, calendar (Note: at a later step you can also install the Blog and Wiki module to extend the system's communication mediums)

    • Forum:Each lesson has its own forum, in order to allow users to discuss topics concerning the lesson.Entering the forum page, users can either create a new topic or reply to an existing one.To create a new topic, the user clicks on "New topic" and then he sets its title and subject (message).
    • Personal messages:With this tool, users can send personal messages one to another or to a group, something like an internal email.To send a message, go to "Messages", "New message", type % to select the user(s) who will be the recipient,then type the subject and the message(body).As we can see, there is a number of criteria that one can use, in order to send a message to a group of users, without having to select them one by one.

    Every time the user receives a new incoming message, a notification appears in his page.By clicking on it, he enters automatically the messages page to read it and reply if he wants to.

    • Calendar: We are able to add events on the calendar, on specific dates, and define if they concern a specific lesson. The events added to the calendar are shown with pop up message over the date.
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