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Moodle Guide

The development of this guide is ongoing; we will continue adding Moodle LMS Tips, Guides, and Instructions. On the left-hand sidebar, you will find a list of Moodle LMS features or options. To learn more about that option or feature, click on the link.

Moodle Lessons

Using the Moodle Lesson Activity you can create custom interactive learning experiences for students, by combining content pages and quiz questions into one seamless experience. You can create interactive branching scenarios or “choose-your-own adventure” type exercises. Within Moodle Lessons you are able to add audio, images, H5P elements, video, etc.

Tips for creating a branching scenario

  • Ask yourself what you want learners to do differently after completing the branching activity, then work backwards, and develop obstacles and questions throughout the process.
  •  Use realistic scenarios. Think deeply about a real-life experience you’ve learned from, and work to record those situations in a branching activity.
  • Try developing your branching scenario using a flowchart. In your flowchart, map each branch, content, and question. You can sketch out a flow chart on pen and paper or use one of the varieties of online tools that exist.
  • Use a three-act structure when developing your learning scenarios. A three-act structure has a Setup, Confrontation, and Resolution. This structure can be used to create small branching scenarios or you an use a series of three-act structures to create a large branching scenario  with multiple confrontations and resolutions.  
    • Setup – model the real-world where the scenario will take place. You can use images, descriptions, audio, and video to help set this up.
    • Confrontation – the learner encounters a problem. This problem should be focused on a teaching point or objective. To resolve the problem, the learner can answer a series of questions that can lead to different outcomes.
    • Resolution – each confrontation will have a series of resolutions that will lead to a conclusion.

Read more about the effectiveness of branching scenarios

Branching Scenarios: What you Need to Know – this is a comprehensive deep dive into branching scenarios from (Snegirev, 2016).

What to Write First in a Branching Scenario – Learning Experience Designer Christy Tucker describes how develop your first decision or confrontation in your branching scenario. Christy Tucker has several other meaningful guides on branching scenarios that are worth a read (Tucker, 2020).

Implementing Branching Scenarios to Boost Learning Effectiveness – This is a helpful overview of how to get started developing a branching scenario. It also includes ways to incorporate gamification into the branching activity (, n.d.).

Viewing Your Lesson

There are two ways to view your Moodle Lesson when editing it.


In the Expanded view your content pages, questions, and clusters are open and visible. You are able to navigate up and down and edit different parts of your lesson.

Click here to view an example of Expanded view


In the Collapsed view, you can quickly view your page titles, page type, and jumps. Additionally, you can copy and add new elements to your lesson.

Click here to view an example of the Collapsed view

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