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Using Dynamic Scripting in your Course Designs

Dynamic Scripting is a new feature in Weblearning 9.6. It is quite powerful, and as you may have guessed based on the feature name, it involves ‘scripting’ (coding).

However, there is a way to use the Dynamic Scripting feature without writing any code, and although you wont be able to get the full advantage by doing so, it is still quite useful.

Firstly, for those of you interested in learning more details on the Dynamic Scripting feature, swing over to the Weblearning Support Page’s Product Documentation section and download the Dynamic Scripting Reference.

Now for an example scenario that Dynamic Scripting would be useful. Lets say you have a 5-day course that is a combination of live training and after-class assignments. Each day, after 5pm, you would like to provide your class with access to some additional learning materials that are related to that day.

You could, of course, after each class, go into the course design area of your online course, and add/remove content. However, using Dynamic Scripting will automate the process for you, as I will explain next.

First, access the Design area of your course:

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This will open up the course designer. So our basic strategy is to set up 2 basic states of view (what to show if it is 5PM or later, and what to show otherwise). Then, in the section that is after 5PM, show different content for each day.

First, each block you insert will be inserted by clicking the EXTRAS drop-down menu and choosing Dynamic Block (Wizard):

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So, lets set up our 2 basic sections. Position your cursor at the top of the main section of the design editor (perhaps remove everything already there),  then click the EXTRAS > DYNAMIC BLOCK (WIZARD) option, and the Dynamic Block Wizard will appear. Fill in the wizard with the following (see screenshot below):

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After clicking INSERT DYNAMIC BLOCK, reposition your cursor below that section in  the editor area, and insert another dynamic block the same way using the following values (see screenshot below):

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If you have done those steps correctly, your design editor contents should look like this:

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So lets take care of the easy one first – the section that gets displayed if its not yet 5PM. For this example, I will just put a generic message:

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In the section that gets displayed after 5PM, we will actually have 5 different things that may get displayed (one for each weekday). So, to accomplish this, for each weekday, position your cursor inside the gray area of that section, and then click the EXTRAS > DYNAMIC BLOCK (WIZARD) option, and fill in the wizard with the following (but alter the day each time):

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After doing this for all 5 weekdays, your design editor contents should look like this:

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Now we can enter content for each area (for this example, I just entered text passages, but you could of course place specific learning modules, quizzes, videos and anything else inside each section to be displayed):

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The Weblearning E-Learning System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests. To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Question and Slide Entrance Effects

New in Weblearning 9.6 are question and slide effects. These are a simple set of effects you can apply to your content that may add some pizazz to your quizzes and presentations (or drive your users crazy if you over-do it).

Slides and questions each have slightly different options, but both are accessed by clicking the ADVANCED button along the top of the main content editor inside the question and/or slide editor:

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When working with slides, the effect applies to the entire slide content (although you can apply effects to sections and objects individually via JavaScript, it gets complex and is not as simple as simply picking from a drop-down box, and therefore is beyond the scope of this article). Simply choose the entrance effect from the drop-down list:

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When working with questions, separate effects can be applied to both the question text, and the answer/choice section. For each section, simply choose the entrance effect from the drop-down list:

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Behind the scenes, when you choose these effects, a bit of JavaScript code is getting written. If you do not know what JavaScript is, don’t worry – you don’t need to know. However, if you do know what JavaScript is, and know how to code using JavaScript, you can both see the code, as well as add to and/or modify it by clicking the OTHER tab, and then clicking the OPEN EDITOR button in the JavaScript Code section:

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Essentially, any code inside this section will execute each time this question or slide comes into view.

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The Weblearning Master Login Feature

New in Weblearning 9.6 is the Master Login feature.

So what does this feature do exactly? Well, if you use your Weblearning system to create multiple courses, and your users are often enrolled into multiple courses, the Master Login feature was designed for you.

In a nutshell, the Master Login is a login page your users can access that (once logged in) will provide them access to all courses they are currently enrolled in. This prevents you from  having to hand out multiple login links (one for each course), or, from creating a ‘master course’ that is a course simply containing links to other courses (a common way to achieve the same thing in earlier versions of Weblearning).

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So here is how it works. You hand out a single link to each and every user to log into (which is a link to the master login page), and they will have access to all courses they are currently enrolled in, and as you add/remove them from courses, their login will reflect that.

The link is available from the COURSES tab inside your account:

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The link is actually very simple though.
Its http://your.site.com/user.php?ca=your_course_admin_username

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Learning Presentations with Instant Feedback Questions

New in Weblearning 9.6 is the ability to include certain question types (currently multiple-option, true/false and yes/no) inside your authored presentations.

When you include questions inside presentations however, the operate a bit differently than they do inside of a quiz.

First, when a user first encounters a question inside a learning presentation, the navigation buttons will be disabled – thereby forcing them to choose an answer to the question.

Next, the user will receive feedback when they choose an answer:

  • if they choose wrong choice, the will get feedback telling them so, and then have the opportunity to choose another selection
  • if the choose the correct answer, they will get feedback telling them so, and then the navigation button(s) will be re-enabled so they can navigate to the next question or slide

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By default, the ‘instant feedback’ displayed to the user is a generic ‘you were correct, you were incorrect’ kind of message. However, you can author into each question a specific feedback for each choice if you choose by doing the following:

  1. edit (or add) a new question (that works inside learning presentations)
  2. click the OPTIONAL tab
  3. scroll down to the IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK RESPONSES section to apply responses

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Sending Weblearning Emails as HTML

As you are probably already aware, there are several places inside your Weblearning system that emails can be and/or are sent out:

  • Course Invitations
  • End-of-quiz report emails to admins
  • End-of-quiz report emails to users

By default, emails are sent as plain-text, and therefore the editors provided to you to change the contents of these emails are plain-text editors (no styling or sizing options like you get in, for example, the question editors). However, there is a way to force the emails to be sent out as HTML emails.

To do so, place the following tag at the beginning of each mail body:

<html>

When the email function inside your Weblearning system sees this tag in the body of the email, it will treat the body text as HTML markup instead of plain text.

It is important to realize that once you do this, all of the text is treated as HTML markup code. This opens up the opportunity to put formatting into your emails. For example, you can bold text (using <b> tags), change fonts, sizes, colors. You can also include hyperlinks and images – if you understand how to use the HTML markup tags for these items.

Here are some examples (there are thousands possibilities):

<b>this will be bold</b>
<em>this will be italicized</em>
<u>this will be underlined</u>
<font size=3>This will be sized text</font>
<font color=blue>This will be blue text</font>
<a href=’http://www.yoursite.com/somepage.htm’>This will be a hyperlink</a>
<h1>This will be header text (large)</h1>
<h2>This will be a bit smaller header text</h2>
<h3>This will be even smaller header text</h3>

.. And for an image …
<img src=’http://www.yoursite.com/someimage.jpg>

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