Page last modified 10:27, 9 Dec 2011 by NikosV
This is a quick guide to several eFront characteristics based on a concrete example.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each unit can have a father unit allowing us to build a tree structure for the content.
For this lesson we will create one generic test to ensure that users have understand the basic concepts of "Maya History".
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:
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.
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).
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.
Its report is consisted of six categories (tabs).
"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).
There are the following five tabs in the Test reports:
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)
Admin goes to "Users" tab on
From efront's main page, the student clicks on "I do not have an account" and he sets his personal settings.
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.