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Account settings

You can edit your personal settings under the tab ‘settings’. You can change your personal information. If the administrator of the site allows it, you can select a different language. When you create student accounts, these are automatically created in the same language in which you are currently working. If you wish to receive feedback from students, your name appears in the list of teachers that can receive feedback. Students can comment in modules by clicking the comment button below each question. The student selects the teacher that receives the comment from the list. You can also change your password. You need to enter a new password twice. Note: you cannot edit your username. Your username and your password are both case sensitive.

Adding, editing or deleting a certificate template

You can add a certificate template to a course. This allows you to grant certificates to students that have successfully completed the course. Teachers and students can open certificates as a PDF file. Below the title of a new main course is a link ‘No certificate template’. By clicking this link you go to the page where you can add a certificate template. Click the icon + ‘New certificate template’. When a certificate template already exists, it can be changed by clicking the icon of the pencil ‘Edit certificate template’ or deleted by clicking the icon + ‘Delete certificate template’. When a template is deleted, all granted certificates still remain. The possibility to grant new certificates however, is removed. A certificate is associated with a qualification. You can choose between a predefined qualification or a custom qualification of which you can enter the title yourself. After the template has been created, you cannot change the qualification. You cannot add a certificate template to a predefined course. If such a course already has a certificate template you can however change the design.

Predefined qualifications

For predefined qualifications students usually have to meet certain formal requirements. These requirements are called performance indicators in Electude LMS. The performance indicators of a qualification can be linked to modules that are contained in the course, as soon as the certificate template is added. On the page of the certificate template an overview of all these links is shown.

After the course has been assigned, teachers can grade the performance of students by performance indicator. This way a detailed overview of a qualification arises for every student. By means of this overview the teacher can see if the student is eligible for a certificate.

Default certificate design

In the default design you can set the page size, page orientation, font family and font variant. You can also decide to have all text centred and to include the URL of the certificate in the document. The URL is a unique identifier and therefore suitable to check the validity of a certificate.

Some fonts are not available certain languages (such as Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Hebrew), because the language contains characters that are not supported by the font. In that case automatically another, similar font is used. In the default design you can have an automatic page size, which means that the page size depends on the language setting of the user: ‘Letter’ is used for US English and Canadian French, ‘A4’ for all other languages. After creation of the template you can open a sample PDF file by clicking the ‘Preview certificate template’ button. All dynamic text fields that are filled in after the certificate is issued, are shown in the sample inside a box.

Custom certificate design

When you choose to have a custom design, you can upload a PDF file with your own design that is used as a background for the certificate. You can set the font size, vertical position and horizontal margins of the dynamic text fields that are set over the background. Static text fields that are included in the default design, are not included in the custom design. This way you can use any position and style in the PDF file, for texts such as the name of the organization. When a dynamic text field is not desired in the design, it can be removed by leaving the vertical distance of the field empty.

Link performance indicators

After a certificate template with a predefined qualification is added to a course, modules inside that course can be linked to performance indicators of the qualification. First click the module inside the course. On the page an overview of performance indicators that are already linked are shown. Here you click on the icon + ‘Add performance indicator’. Select the desired performance indicator and click ‘add’. To remove a linked performance indicator, you click on the icon X in the table.

Switch on partial certificates

When a main course has a certificate template, a partial certificate can granted for sub courses. To enable this the partial certificate setting should be switched on when the sub course is created or edited. The name of the partial certificate is the same as the name of the sub course.

Certificates

With certificates you can specify student performance on a course level. When the student has access to a course with a certificate template, the page with his individual results contains a table with (potential) certificates. By clicking a row in this table you go to the overview page of the certificate and the associated qualification.

Copying a course

Both predefined as self-made courses can be copy entirely, by navigating to the page of the main course. Click the icon of the pages ‘Copy course’ and confirm. The new course is a self-made course that can be edited.

Courses

A course is an arrangement of modules. You can assemble a course yourself or use predefined courses. Modules appear in a course in a certain order. The student is free to use the modules in this order; he is not required to complete the modules in the defined order. Courses can be nested, like folders in a tree on your computer. In a sub course you can add modules again. Apart from a title, a course can also be given a description. This description appears for students as an introduction to the course.

Using the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, you can locate the course you are interested in. The navigation menu is a tree menu. You select a parent entry on the menu and its child entries or courses will be listed on the right side of the screen. If you don’t want to go through the whole menu to find your course you can use the built in search function (the top item in the submenu), just click on the “Search” item then enter the keywords and click on the Search button. You will see a list of related courses.

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Navigate through Modules and Courses folders:
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Locate the Search features as it applies to Modules, Courses and Students:

Create a response analysis

When a lesson or test has been in use for some time, a response analysis can be generated. This gathers statistics on the answers students have given to questions in a module. Only responses from the past year will be analysed. Click on the icon of the table ‘Generate report’ to gathers the statistics. The request to generate the report will be queued. As soon as the request has been processed, the report is automatically shown. You do not need to wait for this, when you visit the webpage of the module at a later point in time the report will be finished. Generated reports are saved for one week.

Creating a new course

To create a course, you first click on the tab ‘courses’ and select the folder ‘Self-made’ in the submenu on the left of the page. Then click the icon  ‘New course’. Enter a title and description, select the desired level and click ‘add’. In the table of self-made courses, the new course appears as the bottom row. Click on this new row in the table to navigate to the new course. On this page you can assign modules to the course. If you want to add a sub course, you can also move a separate single course. To do so, select the course from the list at the top of the form and click ‘add’. The existing course is moved and disappears as a separate course. You can also create a course by importing an extern SCORM package.

Deleting a course

To delete a self-made course, navigate to the page of the course, click on the icon X ‘Delete course’ and confirm your choice. Note: if a course is deleted that is assigned to a student or group, the course disappears for the students. The results of the individual students for the modules that were part of the course are not deleted. Students can still access the lessons they previously finished under ‘Old lessons’.

Editing a course

A course can be edited by navigating to the page of the course. Click the icon of the pencil ‘Edit course’, to change the title, description or level of the course. You can convert the sub course to a separate single course. For ‘Part of’ select the first option of the list. The course disappears as a sub course. You can mark a main course as obsolete. Obsolete course are by default not listed. To see these courses, you can click ‘show obsolete content’ at the top of the page. In assigned content obsolete courses are visible in tables and colored grey. If you have the possibility to publish content to third parties, you can also select the product group the course should be in. The site administrator also administrates the product groups. When a course is placed in a product group, other Electude LMS users that have a license for that product group can access the course. You cannot change the product group of a sub course, it is always the same as the product group of the parent course. When you change the product group of a course and you select the option ‘Change the product group of linked modules too’, all modules you created yourself that are linked to the course and its sub courses will be put in the same product group. Note:

  • If you add modules to the course at a later point in time, these module will not automatically be put in the same product group as the parent course. The option applies only to modules that are currently linked.

  • If a linked module already is in another product group, the product group of the module is not changed. A module can only be in one product group.

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Copy, Retitle, and Arrange and existing Predefined Course

Export courses as a SCORM package

When the licence of your Electude LMS site allows it, you can use modules or courses in another, SCORM compliant LMS (of a third party). You need to save the SCORM package on your computer first. Navigate to the course via the tab ‘courses’ and click on the arrow that’s going into the box ‘Download as a SCORM package’. The SCORM package is a content aggregation package in PIF format (Package Interchange Format) and contains all modules as a SCOs (Sharable Content Object). To use the module you put the SCORM package in the other LMS according its instructions. The administrator of your site has selected to which SCORM version the package complies and in which LMS the package can be used.

Export modules as a SCORM

When a lesson or test has been in use for some time, a response analysis can be generated. This gathers statistics on the answers students have given to questions in a module. Only responses from the past year will be analysed. Click on the icon of the table ‘Generate report’ to gathers the statistics. The request to generate the report will be queued. As soon as the request has been processed, the report is automatically shown. You do not need to wait for this, when you visit the webpage of the module at a later point in time the report will be finished. Generated reports are saved for one week.

Grading a performance indicator

To grade a performance indicators, you first have to navigate to the results of the linked module, starting from the overview table of the qualification or the page with Individual course results. Then click on the icon + ‘New grade’. Choose the desired grade. Optionally you can specify a different score for each performance indicator. Also you can add remarks. Click ‘add’ to confirm.

You can also quickly grade performance indicators by navigating though the ‘to be graded’ table at the bottom of the page with group results. This table contains all finished modules in the course with linked performance indicators that have not yet been graded. By clicking a line, you go directly to the results, where you can add a grade. Grades can also be added directly in the ‘to be graded’ table. By selecting a grade in the last column, all performance indicators linked to a module will be graded accordingly. This happens directly after selection, the choice does not need to be confirmed. Also the progress bar will be updated if this has not been set earlier. Note: a grade cannot be deleted. Since the last grade is always leading in the reporting, you can however to ‘overwrite’ a grade by adding a new one.

Granting a certificate

Click on the icon of a diploma ‘Grant certificate’ and enter the date of issue. As an option, you may specify a place of issue and remarks; these will then be included in the certificate.

Import and export settings

Data can be exported as a CSV file. The language setting determines which separator and decimal sign will be used. For the encoding of the file ISO-8859-1 (Latin-1) is normally the right choice. This encoding is used in Western Europe, America, Australia and large parts of Africa. You may also select UTF-8 which also supports non-western characters such as Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese or Japanese. For the export of results you can specify with ‘Export empty results’ whether the file will contain rows for students that have not yet started modules. When this setting is set to ‘yes’, the exported file can become very big. A file with the results of a course that contains 100 modules, will have 100 rows for all students, even for students that have not yet started. You can also specify what fields (columns) need to be added to the file for the export of results and students.

Import external SCORM package

Conversely you can import SCORM content aggregation packages with external content for use in the LMS, when your license allows it. The SCORM package then is converted into a new course, while SCOs and assets are converted into modules. Click the icon + ‘New course’, select ‘Import SCORM package as new course’ and upload the SCORM package. This a file in PIF format (Package Interchange File), which is a zip file with a special structure. After import the converted modules can also be used in other courses. Note: SCORM 1.2 packages are fully supported, but for SCORM 2004 packages there is no support for Sequencing and Navigation. All imsss:sequencing tags in the SCORM manifest are ignored. When a SCO uses these date from the manifest, it may be that the SCO does not work in the Electude LMS. Note: for a correct display of the student results in the progress bar of the Electude LMS it is necessary that a SCO reports both the score and the progress of a student. Because there is no possibility to report progress numerically in SCORM 1.2, the progress bar of such module can only show relevant information when the student has completed the module.

Introduction

The Electude LMS (Learning Management System) is an electronic learning environment. Your organization (college or company) has its own website with its own environment. You use the LMS to provide specially designed learning content to students and to monitor their progress. This learning content consists of modules you can arrange in courses. To gain access to the learning content, students need an account for the website. You can manage these accounts yourself. To keep the student administration in order, you can arrange the students in groups. You can determine the structure of the groups yourself. For more information see Students and groups. You can provide content to a complete group or individually to one student. On the webpage of the group or student you can monitor their results and progress

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Login as teacher:
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Navigate to the online manual:
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Locate the bread crumbs tabs at the top left of the page to navigate:

Lessons and objectives

Teachers are able to browse through the module when viewing a lesson (or practical work); i.e. you can immediately navigate to the end of a lesson without first answering all the questions. Students (by default) have to answer all questions to progress in a lesson, but they can also be placed in a group that can ‘browse through lessons’.

On the information page of the lesson, all covered objectives are displayed in a table. The (relative) weight of every objective is visible. This weight is the sum of the weights of all questions that are linked to the objective. Because every question is linked, the student results can be monitored for each objective.

The objectives are specified according to Bloom’s revised taxonomy. This taxonomy makes a distinction between a process dimension and a knowledge dimension. The knowledge dimension is specified in the column of keywords. The process dimension is specified as a verb. These verbs progress in difficulty:

  1. Learning: To reproduce knowledge / facts without further understanding.

  2. Understanding: To demonstrate that knowledge has a meaning, especially for interpreting relations and processes. Example: ‘understanding’ the relation between current, resistance and voltage (Ohm’s law).

  3. Application: To apply knowledge in practice. Examples: Ohm’s law calculations; adjusting an oscilloscope to display the RPM signal and read off the pulse width; measuring the tire profile depth with a micrometer.

  4. Analysis: To interpret data, leading to a one to one conclusion. Examples: reading off the RPM from an oscilloscope image of the RPM signal (i.e. extra meaning is added to the example for application); passing or failing a tire profile after inspection; interpreting internal leakage using a block tester.

  5. Evaluation: To arrive at a conclusion using data (measurement and reference values) that is ambiguous. There are (often) multiple solutions or diagnoses which do not follow one to one. Examples: making a diagnosis based on the scope image of an incorrect RPM signal (e.g. a bad ground connection); testing brakes on a brake test bench; listing the advantages of an electrically-controlled diesel pump when compared to a mechanical pump (if these are not given in the text).

  6. Creation: To produce something new by adding or removing elements. Examples: repairing the bad ground connection of a faulty RPM sensor; creating a truth table for a light unit; drawing a relay circuit.

Loggin attempts log

On this page recent login attempts for your account are listed. Of all login attempts over the last 2 months for which your username was used, these details are shown:

  • the time

  • whether the attempt was successful or not

  • the IP address from which the attempt was made

  • the used operating system and browser

Logging out

The button to log out of the LMS is at the top on the right.

Managing favorites

Favorites form a personal list of items you want to use (frequently). These lists of favorites are used in the LMS in several places, as a selection list from which an item needs to be selected.

Add to favorites

To add an item to your favorites, navigate to the page of the item, click on the icon of the heart with a + ‘Add to favorites’ and confirm. The icon then changes (into ‘Delete from favorites’) and the item is added to the list of favorites.

Delete from favorites

To remove an item from your favorites, navigate to the page of the item, click on the icon of the heart with a – ‘Delete from favorites’ and confirm. The icon then changes (into ‘Add to favorites’) and the item is deleted from the list of favorites.

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Adding a module to favorites
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Adding a course to favorites

Module filter

With a module filter you can hide certain types of modules for yourself in the LMS. Suppose you are only interested in tests and test results. You can define the filter to only show these type of modules. Then in the group’s results of a course for example, only the progress and scores of all tests included in the course will be visible. This makes it easier to compare these results. When you set a filter, you can indicate for each type of module if it should be shown or not. After you have set the filter, you can quickly enable or disable the filter using the filter toggle button at the top of each page. An active filter is applied to all pages in the LMS. In exported CSV files only filtered modules will be shown. The administrator may have defined a filter for you. Then you cannot change this. The administrator can also force the filter to be always active.

Modules

Modules are the building blocks of all the content in the LMS. You can arrange the modules in a course or use them separately. Using the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, you can locate the module you are interested in. The navigation menu is a tree menu. You select a parent entry on the menu and its child entries or modules will be listed on the right side of the screen. If you don’t want to go through the whole menu to find your module you can use the built in search function (the top item in the submenu), just click on the “Search” item then enter the keywords and click on the Search button. You will see a list of related modules.

When you select ‘All / new’ you can easily see which modules recently have been added. This page lists all modules sorted by publication date. This list can also be saved as a file, by clicking on the  icon at the bottom of the page. By selecting the bottom item from the submenu you can see your favorite modules.

Once you are on the Modules page, you can see the Module information and Objectives for the module. Click on the “Start module” button, to start a module. As a teacher you can browse through the module without having to answer every question.

Depending on your license, the following product groups may be available:

  • lesson: Lessons are specially developed modules you can ‘play’ in your browser. They contain images, animations, simulations, texts and questions on a series of learning objectives. A student can review lessons he has finished through his personal history for 5 years.

  • practical work: This has the same format as lessons; practical work usually requires special hardware.

  • tailor-made lesson: This kind of lesson is custom developed for you in assignment.

  • simulation: These modules you can add yourself. Every module uses the Electude Simulator to replicate a specific failure. Students are tasked with solving a real world problem in the browser. The teacher can set the parameters of the simulation.

  • links: You can add links to other web pages yourself.

  • files: You can add files (e.g. images or PDF documents).

  • DIY lesson: DIY lessons can be ‘played’ in your browser in the same way as normal lessons, but you can change and add the content yourself.

  • DIY test: A DIY test is similar to a DIY lesson. When the student answers a question however, no direct feedback will be given and the evaluation of the results can be done automatically.

  • DIY task: Unlike lessons and tests, Tasks are not evaluated automatically. Task results need to be recorded by the teacher manually, by reviewing student answers.

  • WorkshopData: This module provides a year’s access to an online database with maintenance and repair information for cars. Direct access to the WorkshopData is not available through the history of the student.

  • TruckData: This module provides a year’s access to an online database with maintenance and repair information for trucks. Direct access to the TruckData is not available through the history of the student.

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Locate the search features as it applies to Modules, Courses and Students:
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Locate the “All New” section in the folders for an overall view of the contained modules:
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Locate the sub folders that contain individual modules:

DIY a lesson

You can add your own material as a module.

  • lessons

  • tests

  • tasks

  • simulations

  • files (e.g. images or PDF documents)

  • links to other web pages

You can build your own lessons, tests and tasks in Electude LMS. A test has the same format as a lesson; only no direct feedback is given when questions are answered. Students have a limited amount of time to finish the test. A passing score can be set which must be met to pass the test.

Tasks are not evaluated automatically, unlike lessons and tasks. The result of a task needs to be specified by the teacher manually, by reviewing the answers the student has given. A simulation uses the Electude Simulator to replicate a specific failure. The parameters of the simulation can be set. The maximum file size allowed is 10 MB. There is only a limited amount of space available for all the files on your website. The administrator of the site can monitor how much space is left.

Third party files can be + shown or – hidden, by toggling this setting at the top of the page on and off. The settings applies to search results, folders and the lists of all and favorite modules.

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Adding a module

To add a module, you must first click on the tab ‘modules’ and select the desired folder in the submenu on the left of the page. Then click the icon ‘New module’. Select the desired type, enter a title and a description for the module. To add a file you need to select a file from your computer. You also need to specify whether you want to share this file with the websites of other schools and companies; teachers from these other sites will then be able to use the file. To add a link, enter the URL of the web page. Then click ‘add’ to confirm. In the table of modules of the selected folder, the new module appears as the bottom row. A new (empty) lesson, test or task consists of an empty page and an empty multiple choice question.

Editing a module

A module can be edited by navigating to the page of the module. Click the icon of the pencil ‘Edit module’, to change the title or description of the module. For a file you can also edit whether it is shared with other organizations. You can edit the URL of links. Click ‘ok’ to confirm.

If you have the possibility to publish content to third parties, you can also select the product group the module should be in. The site administrator also administrates the product groups. When a module is placed in a product group, other Electude LMS users that have a license for that product group can access the module. You can mark modules as obsolete. Obsolete modules are by default not listed. To see these modules, you can click ‘show obsolete content’ at the top of the page. In courses and assigned content obsolete modules are visible in tables and colored grey. When a user starts an obsolete module, a warning is displayed. You can make a module only accessible for teachers. This is useful for teacher manuals, presentations or other files that are not intended for students. The module then is not visible at all for students, even when it is part of a course. To edit the contents of a DIY lesson, test or task, click the button of the pencil ‘Edit module’ or the pencil ‘Edit saved copy’.

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Using the “presentation mode”

Deleting a module

To delete a module, navigate to the page of the module, click on the icon X ‘Delete module’ and confirm your choice. Note: if a module is deleted that is assigned to a course, student or group, the module is removed from the course and disappears for the student or the group. The module is inaccessible and all results of individual students for the module are deleted as well.

Building your own lesson, test or task

Lessons, tests and tasks can be modified in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. The editor looks like a module with toolbars. Navigation between pages and questions works in the same way as in a normal module. Unlike a normal module, you can click on the texts of the pages and questions to edit them. Special functions in the editor are accessible by clicking the buttons in the toolbar or (sometimes) using the keyboard shortcuts. Click the button ‘save copy’ at the top left to save the current status of the module as a copy. To exit the editor you click on the back button, like with normal lessons. Changes you have not saved are lost. The toolbar on the right is used for creating text and questions. It contains these functions:

  • add page (Alt+Shift+P)
    The new page is appended after the current page (including a default multiple choice question).

  • select page (Alt+P)
    The page including all underlying questions are selected.

  • cut (Ctr+X), copy (Ctrl+C), paste (Ctrl+V) and delete (Delete)
    Clipboard functions apply to the selected text, page or question. This allows you to move a page by cutting it, navigating to another page and pasting it. The cut page is appended after the other page.
    The last question of a page cannot be cut, i.e. a page always contains one question. The last page cannot be cut, i.e. a module always contains one page.
    Note: it is possible to copy and paste between different browser windows or tabs. This allows you to quickly copy or move pages and questions to another module.

  • bold, italic, underline, superscript, subscript, bullet list, numbered list
    These buttons apply to the selected text. The buttons work as a toggle. When a piece of text is bold it can be made normal again by clicking the button ‘bold’.

  • indent and outdent
    These buttons apply to the selected text as well, but do not work as a toggle.

  • undo (Ctrl+Z) and redo (Ctrl+Shift+Z)
    Several steps may be undone and redone.

  • add question (Ctrl+Shift+Q)
    A default multiple question is appended after the current question.

  • select question (Ctrl+Q)

  • question properties
    You can set the type of question and the corresponding attributes. These question types are available:

    • multiple choice
      the number of answers can be set (minimum 2, maximum 6)

    • multiple response
      the number of answers can be set (minimum 2, maximum 6)
      the number of correct answers can be set (minimum 0, maximum the number of answers)

    • numerical open question
      a minimum and a maximum value can be entered.
      Use a point (.) as a decimal separator.
      When e.g. a maximum is not specified, the answer only has to be greater than or equal to the specified minimum value.

    • open text question
      the correct answer can be entered
      The answer of the student is compared to the specified answer and should be exactly the same (case sensitive).

    • none

With the toolbar on the left you can change the graphics that appear with the current question. For lessons and tests, the toolbar contains these functions:

  • select an animation or image from another lesson: For the current question an image, animation or simulation from another module can be selected.
    First select the desired module from the list. Then scroll through the graphics of all questions in the module.

  • upload / select image: For the current question you can supply your own image. You can create your own folder structure using the right-hand mouse button on the left side. In the selected folder you can add images (upload), delete them or change their names.
    When you upload an image that is too big, it is automatically converted to JPEG format with a maximum size of 505 x 545 pixels (width x height). This is the space that is reserved for images in the module. Smaller images are displayed centred. To select a file you double click the image or choose ‘Select’ with the right-hand mouse button. Note: when you remove or rename folders or files that are used in a module, the module will not work properly anymore because the image cannot be loaded. When files are removed or renamed no check is performed to see if the files are used in a module! Files that are removed cannot be restored (there is no recycle bin).

  • select web page / online video: For the current question you can specify a web page (for example of an online video such as YouTube). The page is embedded in an iframe of 505 x 545 pixels (width x height).
    Note: only secure (HTTPS) connections are allowed.

  • no image: Click this button to have no image, video or animation for the current question.

For tasks the left toolbar contains these functions:

  • upload / select image: This is the same function as for lessons or tests.

  • create / select fill-in table: For the current question, you can select a table the student has to fill in. The left pane shows a list of tables that belong to this module. Click the button + ‘add’ to create a new table. The table selected from the list can be X ‘deleted’ or edited in the right pane. The table can be resized by dragging the right or bottom border. When a table cell contains a value, it cannot be changed by a student; student can only fill in table cells that are empty. For each table the header row and column can be toggled on and off. You can also select a chart that is updated automatically when the content of the table is changed. When a chart is selected, only numerical values are accepted inside the table. Click ‘save’ to save the changes in the selected table. To select the current table for the current question in the module, you click on the ‘OK’ button in the bottom left. To close the window without changing the graphics for the current question, you click ‘cancel’.

  • create / select drawing: For the current question, you can select a drawing the student has to create or complete. The left pane shows a list of drawings that belong to this module. Click the button + ‘add’ to create a new drawing. The drawing selected from the list can be X ‘deleted’ or edited in the right pane. For every drawing a background image can be selected and an initial drawing can be created. The student can change this drawing, but cannot change the background. Click ‘save’ to save the changes in the selected drawing. To select the current drawing for the current question in the module, you click on the ‘ok’ button in the bottom left. To close the window without changing the graphics for the current question, you click ‘cancel’.

Adding formulas to text

Formulas can be inserted in the text in LaTeX format. When a module is launched normally (not in the editor), the formulas are correctly rendered. There are two ways to insert a formula:

  • For an inline formula use backslashes with parentheses: \(…\)

  • For a standalone equation that is centered, use backslashes with brackets: \(…\)

  • For example, to create a standalone quadratic formula, this should be inserted: \[x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}\]

To create LaTeX formulas many third party tools are available.

Publishing a DIY lesson, test or task

A module can be used after it has been published. Click ‘publish copy’ to do this. Click the button ‘Edit module’, to edit the published version of the module. Click the button ‘Edit saved copy’, the version of the module that was saved the last time. When something goes wrong, you can always revoke the changes by clicking ‘Edit module’.

Copy a DIY lesson, test or task

You can use the form to add modules to copy DIY lessons, tests or tasks. To do this you first need to add the module you want to copy to your favorites. Then go to the desired folder, click the icon   ‘New module’ and choose ‘copy of a DIY module’ from the type list. Finally select the module from the list of favorites and click ‘add’.

Configuring a simulation

For a simulation there are some additional settings.

  • Electude Simulator: Here you can select the topic of the simulation.

  • Failure: This setting determines what the problem is in the selected simulator.

  • Work order: You can specify an introductory text that will appear on the work order. When no text has been filled in, there will be no work order available to the student. Without a work order the student cannot fill in a diagnosis.

  • Available tools: Here you can click the boxes of the tools that can be used by the student.

  • Automatic evaluation: When automatic evaluation is switched on, the score of the module will be calculated automatically when the student has solved the problem. If a work order was specified, this calculation is performed when the the work order is submitted. Otherwise the calculation is done at the end of the session. If the failure is not solved after 4 attempts, the score will be set to 0. See for the calculation of the score the manual of the selected simulator.
    When automatic evaluation is switched off, the status of the module will only be set to ‘finished’ when the failure is solved.
    In both cases, the score of the simulation may be changed manually by the teacher afterwards.

When the simulation is finished, the student can still access the simulation. However, the actions performed by the student are no longer logged.

Partial certificates

Partial certificates can also be granted when this is switched on for a sub course. The results of the sub course then only shows performance indicators that are linked to modules within that sub course. The summary of grades also calculates numbers based on performance indicators of the sub course.

Predefined qualifications and performance indicators

For predefined qualifications students usually have to meet certain formal requirements. These requirements are called performance indicators in Electude LMS. The performance indicators of a qualification can be linked to modules that are contained in the course, as soon as the certificate template is added. On the page of the certificate template an overview of all these links is shown.

Performance indicators may be graded several times. In the reporting the last grade of a performance indicator is leading.

In the summary of scores you can see in the table how many performance indicators:

  • passed (graded as such by a teacher)

  • failed (graded as such by a teacher)

  • may be graded because the corresponding module was finished

  • cannot be graded yet because the corresponding module is not finished yet.

  • are inside the qualification in total

When performances can by evaluated with more than 2 grades, additionally you will see a table with the distribution of grades in histogram format. In the overview table ‘All grades’ you can see the structure of the qualification with all performance indicators. By clicking a row in this table it is expanded. The row is collapsed when the row is clicked once more. All rows can be expanded by clicking the icon of the arrow “Expand table”. When a row is empty, it means no module(s) linked to the performance indicator has (have) been finished. When a row is expanded, the description of the performance indicator is visible. Any old grades will be visible as well (striked through). You can add grades by clicking the icon + ‘New grade’ after the name of the module. You then go to the page with the results of the module. When a certificate has been issued the icon to add new grades disappears from the table. Any grades on performance indicators that were added after the date of issue are not shown in the table.

Restore deleted modules or courses

From now on you can restore deleted groups, modules and courses including all associated data and content. The restoration needs to take place within one week after deletion. If a group, module or course is not restored within one week, all deleted data is removed permanently and cannot be restored. To restore a module or course, navigate to the relevant tab and click on the trash bin icon in the submenu. Then click on the ‘restore’ icon behind the item you would like to restore.

Rights

At the bottom of the settings page your rights are displayed. Only the administrator can edit your rights. The functionality described in this manual may not be fully available to you, since you do not have the rights to do certain operations.

The rights of teachers are grouped as follows:

  • Editing students and groups:

    • Creating a group

    • Editing a group

    • Deleting a group

    • Moving a group

    • Creating a student account

    • Editing a student account

    • Deleting a student from a group

    • Adding a student to another group

  • Deleting students:

    • Deleting a student account permanently from the system

    • Deleting all data associated with a student account permanently

    • Restoring a student account within one week after deletion

  • Editing content:

    • Adding a module

    • Editing a module

    • Deleting a module

    • Creating a course

    • Editing a course

    • Assigning modules to a course

    • Deleting a course

    • Adding, editing or deleting a certificate template

    • Link performance indicators

  • Assigning content:

    • Assigning (or removing) modules to a group or a student

    • Assigning (or removing) courses to a group or a student

    • Limiting access of a group to a sub course

    • Grant a student or group access to tests

  • View modules:

    • Start and use a module

  • Grade results

    • Delete an individual result of a module

    • Edit the individual result of a module, as this is not automatically determined

    • Assign a grade to performance indicators for the individual results of a module

  • Grant certificates:

    • Grant a course certificate to a student

  • Delete certificates:

    • Delete a certificate that has been granted to a student.

  • Only access to results of group content

    • Access to student results of modules that are assigned to the group

    • Access to grades on performance indicators to the results

    • Access to certificates associated with courses assigned to the group

    • No access to the results of all modules the student has finished in the past

    • No access to content assigned to students individually

    • No access to other certificates of the student

    • No access to the student profile with global averages

  • Export student data

    • Export student results as CSV file

    • Export scores of performance indicators as CSV file

    • Export list of students as CSV file

Sorting lists

Several tables in the LMS can be sorted by clicking on the title of the desired column. E.g. you can sort the students in a group by last name, by clicking on the word ‘last name ‘ at the top of the table. When you click ‘last name’ once more, the sorting order is reversed. Some tables cannot be sorted. The order of the rows in these tables has a special meaning. Often these rows can be dragged (with the left mouse button) within the table to alter their order.