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Step by step instructions for adding Lesson Builder activities to a Connexions module.

Concept - overview

Enhancing Open Educational Resources (OER) instructional materials that are available via the Internet with interactive learning activities is a plus. They enhance the learning experience. Many products exist, but we are showcasing activities built with Lesson Builder Ver 5 a software product by SoftChalk. We will need to make some modifications to the files built by Lesson Builder before we move them into Connexions. Following are the steps needed to make the learning activities work.

Step 1 – build the lesson builder activities

Using the Lesson Builder software by SoftChalk, build your activities. We built three (3) activities:

  1. Flash Cards
  2. Crossword Puzzle
  3. Seek A Word

We saved them in as: CNX_Example. This created a folder with that name on our disk drive.

Step 2 – modifying the lesson builder files

Problem

The Connexions website allows the uploading of files to a Connexions module, but it does not allow the uploading of folders. Lesson Builder built the CNX_Example with two (2) sub-folders:

  • ada_files – Which stands for American with Disabilities Act files
  • sclb_files – Which I think stands for SoftChalk library files

Solution

Before we started making changes, we copied the “CNX_Example” folder and renamed it to: CNS_Example_Adjusted

We then made the following changes to the “Adjusted” folder. This leaves intact the original folder for future modifications using the Lesson Builder software. The adjustments solution has basically two parts:

Move the contents of the sub-folders into the CNX_Example_Adjusted folder. We moved five files:

    1st

  • Three (3) files from the ada_files sub-folder with the names of:
  • ada_activity1.html
  • ada_activity2.html
  • ada_activity3.html

    2nd

  • Two (2) files from the sclb_files sub-folder with the names of:
  • flashobject.js
  • jwin.js

Modify as needed the .html files within the CNX_Example_Adjusted folder. We modified four files by removing the sub-folder references. HINT: You might use Notepad and the find tool to search for the sub-folder names. The modified files were:

  • activityApplet1.html
  • activityApplet1.html
  • activityApplet1.html
  • CNX_Example.html

Upon completion of the above modifications, we deleted the empty sub-folders. We then tested the activities by double clicking on the: index.html file.

Step 3 – zip the cnx_example_adjusted folder

The CNX_Example_Adjusted folder will contain many files (42 in the one we created). It is easier up upload a group of files into Connexions by using a Zipped folder. Thus, you should zip the CNX_Example_Adjusted folder. Steps for zipping are:

  • Right click the folder
  • Mouse over “Send To”
  • Select by clicking on “Compressed (zipped) Folder”

Step 4 – build your connexions module

We typically use Microsoft Word for building Connexions modules and then import the Word file when building the Connexions module. Information on building a Connexions module with Word is available at: (External Link)

Somewhere in your module you will have a link to your activity. Here are two options:

You should guess at the module number and it will need to be adjusted after the module is built.

Step 5 – uploading the files during connexions module construction

Upload all of the files using the zipped item from Step 3 above.

Uploading the activity files that were zipped together

Step 6 – publish the connexions module

After you preview the module, publish it. Remember that you cannot test your activity yet. You must publish it first.

Step 7 – correcting the connexions module file

After you publish the module and establish its module number, you will need to “Checkout” the module and edit any links to the activity using the “Full-Source Editing” tool. In Step 4 you guessed at the module number. Now you can correctly establish it.

In addition to correcting the module number change the link codes from:

document="m33938" target-id="index.html" document="m33938" target-id="index.html"
Old link items.

to:

window="new" document="m33938" resource="index.html" window="new" document="m33938" resource="index.html"
New link items.

You should “Preview” the module and confirm that the activity is working, then “Publish” it.

Existing examples

A demonstration of the use of activities can be seen in any of the Practice modules (which is the last module and the activity is called: Memory Building Activities or MBAs within the Practice module) in any of the chapters of Programming Fundamentals - A Modular Structured Approach using C++. This collection is available at: (External Link)

Questions & Answers

Why is it so hard to move on after a romantic relationship ends & one is left without any closure?
Dee Reply
It is due to one's reasoning and understanding
joseph
a sort of mental connection doesn't allow detachment for a period of time
Tanisha
what are the symptoms of severe depression
Ramesh Reply
suicidal ideations
Susie
sleep or insomnia, loss of interest in activities that you use to enjoy, feeling hopeless, doomed, suicidal thoughts...
Dee
1. Aside Insomia, hypersomia is also a symptom. There will be excessive sleeping almost everyday. 2. Significant weight loss or gain. 3. Impaired concentration, disorganized thoughts and indecisiveness.
Michael
loss of interests in daily activities
jyothi
Fade up on things around
joseph
what is legal right
Ramesh Reply
Legal right are those right that are protected by the statutory law
joseph
what are the goal of Psychology
Ruth Reply
The four main goals of psychology are todescribe, explain, predict and control the behavior and mental processes of others
Charmaine
👍yes
bandanamayee
The goal of psychology is to predict, control and explain human behavior.
Vijay
manic. If someone is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but doesn't see it fit because they say they have never been manic, do you think they are right, or do you think they don't realize when they are manic?
kimberly Reply
Thank you for your input! I didn't know other personality disorders could cause mania, I look forward to continuing research
kimberly
I think it's more they don't realise because they don't want to it themselves
Charmaine
Good question. Firstly, some personality disorders also exhibit mania. as a sufferer, you live for the mania, its like your sociable, energy of your 20s on a saturday night thing. plus the best mood ever. thing is youre at your most vulnerable whilst at your most risk taking state.it causes issues
Tu
mental health isnt optional. theres no off and on.
Tu
I not saying there a of on button, am saying sometime it's hard for someone to come to terms that they have , they dont want to believe it
Charmaine
for some a diagnosis is a relief, an explination, a "finally" its a huge moment as at times there is complete ignorance but a lot of questions
Tu
I personally myself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6 it was a misdiagnosis no one even accounted for the reasons why bipolar wasn't the right fit. I have been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder.
Sarah
same here. how did you feel about the rediagnosis? bpd?
Tu
I am the one who brought it up to the therapist and psychiatrist. I won't deny that I have I actually prefer this diagnosis than bipolar disorder
Sarah
I don't get manic my adhd is what kicks in
Sarah
thank you so much for sharing. im sure its psych porn. but how does acepting your diagnosis feel like to you. i feel mines not correct.
Tu
sadly there isnt much academia surrounding either mania, or personality diagnosed.
Tu
@Tu Verus. I feel that with the acceptance of this diagnosis and knowing that it is correct actually helps me. it helps me understand who I am why I am that way and what I can do to change. if you consistently feel like the diagnosis you have been given is wrong you become less confident.
Sarah
I was manic out In the yard talking in tongues until I took lithium
stephenie
concise. thank you. i hope it fidnt bring to much stress
Tu
lol, didnt.
Tu
Do people know when they are manic?
kimberly Reply
manic or panic?
Diksha
i think its panic of people they know if they are confused
Masozi
i believe that it really depends on how well a person knows themselves and whether or not they can identify their symptoms of their diagnosis. I personally panic due to a severe type of anxiety disorder. perception of one's self is important to distinguish otherwise it's speculation.
Sarah
ive learnt signs or situations that the situation is changing. sadly i dont always catch it
Tu
yeah... I agree with you@ Sarah Earing, one has to understand him/herself well enough to know when he/she is panicking..... and one true tell tale sign to know when you are panicking is being nervous, your hands, voice and even the whole body begins to shake... depending on how panicked you feel
Jordan
yes very true also when I panic not only do my hands voice and body shake I have a tendency to become very irritable and my confidence level declines and I usually feel dumb or stupid because I don't know how to respond and react in certain situations.
Sarah
which part of brain is responsible for dreaming pls tell as soon as possible
YASHASVI Reply
pls tell
YASHASVI
brain stem of cortex
jyothi
hello! I'm looking for some online internships anyone can please suggest from where I can proceed?
Prachi Reply
Try UIBS, New Delhi They have one of the best faculty.
Talha
they have their offical website ?
Prachi
Yes, they do
Talha
uibsdel.org
Talha
which sub field in psychology do you want to go to study for?
Jade Reply
Probably forensic psychology haha
ilinca
foresic psychology
MIDHUN
clinical psychology
Masozi
behavioural psy
bandanamayee
clinical psychology
Nitin
clinical psychology
Christ
Forensics psychology
Michelle
clinical psychology
oshin
Brain
Ajay
forensic psychology or clinical psychology
Charmaine
i want clinical psych and councellor
Ruff
Clinical Psychology
Kaiser
military psychology
YASHASVI
how can I help you
Brandon
which one is the best?
MH
military psychology is the best
YASHASVI
how can a optimistic can define himself.
Tayyab Reply
Is anybody working in the field of Aviation Psychology?
Aju Reply
Hey everyone! Since the last post some information was taken down, so I thought make a new thread here. I am a life skills trainer and pursuing research in Psychology. All questions are welcome Happy learning =)
Talha Reply
Hey everyone! In the last thread some information was taken down. So, I thought to start a new thread. I am a life skills trainer and pursuing research in Psychology. All questions are welcome Happy learning!
Talha
I'm going to start soon learning psychology but I find it tough isn't it?
nuh uh, dude, not that difficult 👌
Rena-Myra
as long as you put your heart and your mind to it
Rena-Myra
I will share my thoughts about it as soon as I start it
thanks for encouraging me
Psychology is really next to my heart and want to study it, have been postponing bcos of funds eish🙆‍♂️😭
Refiloe
welcome anonymous user😁
Rena-Myra
besides I'm in grade nine and I've already started picking up little by little on psychology 😅
Rena-Myra
can anyone define psychology.?
An
Dude or girl, psychology is the study of the human mind, as simple as that 😊
Rena-Myra
psychology;- is a hard subject.
ABDullah
well I've not really reached the deep part of it just yet but I don't think it will be that hard😅
Rena-Myra
if u understand it's very easy
Kavya
not even study of human mind but also their behaviour and their prospectives... to learn and to understand it in a very scientific manner
Kanchan
perspectives*
Kanchan
☝️there's a scholar!😁
Rena-Myra
is anyone studying psychology as a subject?
An
yeah I'm studying psychology
Apurvi
wow.. I hope you will teach us great about psychology
An
psychology is a pretty easy subject nd it's interesting so it won't be hard
Apurvi
I am also from india
Nikita
Yes.. Apurvi. as you said everything will be easy if we like it..
An
hii soni.. where are you from in India.!?
An
u will definitely like it
Apurvi
Tq.. I hope so
An
Hello everyone, I am currently pursuing research in the field of Psychology as well as I am a life skills trainer. I would love to answer a few questions if anyone is interested =) Stay positive and stay blessed.
Talha
Yeah.. Why dreams come in colour.. even we closed our eyes.?
An
thank you!!
Rena-Myra
one more Question.! we can't see our full body except in mirror.. But we can see our full body running in our dreams.. how can we watch our body running our self..? then who is watching it.?
An
@An Ugly Actually based on cognitive sciences we can easily say that people who can perceive colors can only dream in color. Its all because our brain is in the habit of perceiving every object in color, instead of black and white.
Talha
can a blind person get dreams in colour.?
An
For the next question, it is similar to as what we define "beautiful or pretty". It is basically our perception that brings in every mental image we have. Many people see their dreams on 1st person perspective or even 3rd person perspective. That's mainly since we see other humans around us,
Talha
what if he was blind by birth.!
An
what are the theories of thinking?
Fareha
We identify and perceive the same body image as them. You must have heard or watched the cartoon character - Mowgli, who was raised by monkeys and other wild animals. There is a real life case about it. One small kid who survived on its own among wild couldn't walk on its hind legs but on all four.
Talha
That's because it learned it through observation and perceived that as the norm for walking.
Talha
so we are watching us.. can I call it as a soul.?
An
or a Ghost?
An
Hope you get some idea of what I said. Psychology is a very interesting and deep field of study. There are many branches ranging from parapsychology to forensic sciences. Counselling and clinical have been quite popular but it is not limited to just these. Happy learning =)
Talha
No, it's our brain that provides us with an Image. Theres no soul or ghost involved
Talha
A blind person will not experience color on their dreams. The brain is not habitual to that thus, the brain area doesn't get activated.
Talha
hey can anyone tell me what are the theories of thinking?
Fareha
theories of thinking that suggest brain functions
Fareha
Theories of thinking... As far as I can remember it is covered in Developmental Psychology ***psychologydiscussion.net/thinking/development-of-thinking-process-top-4-theories-thinking-psychology/3109
Talha
thank you so much!
Fareha
You should read Piaget' theory as mentioned in the article above
Talha
sure i will thanks alot!
Fareha
You are welcome =)
Talha
Talha bro you are good at this enlighten us more in future
ABDullah
everything is tough in beginning . Try and believe in yourself you will easily understand.🙂
Diksha
just a beginner in psychology
Sufaida
could any one tell me how to study psychology
Sufaida
no idea.. how to study..
Sufaida
talha could you tell us.. initial step...
Sufaida
I am a Sociology student but both subjects are interconnected so started studying both😅
ABDullah
note down whatever you study , which you didn't understand underline it and search in Google.
Diksha
rena what are you perusing
Sufaida
psychology! but don't mind me, I'm in grade nine:-)
Rena-Myra
I want to be a psychologist so badly
Rena-Myra
@ABDullah Ehsan start with the subject which you enjoy reading
Diksha
you are not matured enough to study this course. After SEE you should try for it
Diksha
yeah I guess I am, but I'm just trying to pick up a little knowledge on it like the basics
Rena-Myra
Hello everyone! I am happy to see so much curiousity. For beginners I'd say just read the basics of Psychology. It'll give you an understanding of the basic concepts. Most of the online stuff you'll find are applied in nature. So, I'd recommend basic psychology to be covered first.
Talha
😂started lecturing but why me? I joked defining psychology as a hard subject.. well,I have taken it as subsidiary
ABDullah
yes please, thank you
Rena-Myra
Rena-Myra Akwada-Addy I am sharing my opinion for you. Try to learn basic from YouTube like how to capture body language,eye contact e.t.c this course is tough for your age even we cannot understand it properly
Diksha
thanks so much, very helpful:-)
Rena-Myra
Even at college level, I have seen many students talking about dream interpretation, brain frequencies, spirituality and what not with out covering the basic. Curiousity is a good thing. But don't let it get the best of you.
Talha
@Rena you can read books on body language, I found them pretty fascinating and easy to understand. Body language by Alan and Barbara Pease was one of my first books on psychology.
Talha
okay, I sure will, again, thanks
Rena-Myra
will do so
Rena-Myra
its about choices which interests u more yesterday I studies personality disorders and treatments and thats boring
ABDullah
actually I don't know anything about psychology I just download app but I didn't open it once I didn't get time
Diksha
I have taken ba psychology
Faazi
distance study
Faazi
I still dn check my book
Faazi
Talha Ahmad thank you so much
Diksha
thank you Talha Bhai I will ask u my queries 😊
ABDullah
it is so difficult..the words technical.. @Talha how did you overcome..all these..u have much more experience..please share
Faazi
I have seen a subject in 4th sem like stress management and school of study... still confused what to take
Faazi
@Faazi It takes practice just as with any other subject. Depends on your aptitude and interest
Talha
Stress management is a better option if we talk in practical terms.
Talha
Has the contact info posted here was taken down?
Talha
I would reccomend Gasults theory, learn it as a whole if you just want a general idea of the fields and sub fields
Jade
@Jade.... you mean Gestalt theory?
Jordan
@Jade... did you mean Gestalt's theory?
Jordan
I can't see the chat...... pls help
Kaur Reply
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danur
briefly describe the vividness problem
danur Reply
this effect has been used by media to display better clarity regarding any situation
ABDullah
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