Modules: Getting Started

modulesA heck of a lot of the content in your LMS is contained in what we call Modules. Understanding them, building them, and optimizing them is key. And soon, you’ll have the know-how to do exactly that.

First things first

You might remember the term “module” from your college days. It’s typically used to describe a unit that, together with other units, makes up a course. But eureka! In the Wisetail LMS, a module can do more than just teach; it can also entertain! A single module might train your staff on submitting timesheets, offer registration for an event, or serve up a funny video.

You’ll see that we also use the word module to describe the container that serves up content to your learners. Think of it like a specific “topic” within your LMS, as long or as short as you like (although since current human attention span is similar to that of a goldfish, we recommend keeping it brief). One module can look very different from another because there are so many types of content that you can place inside, from videos, to tests, to flash cards. Oh — cute dog pictures too.

PRO TIP: Modules aren’t the only way to deliver content in the LMS. If you don’t need to track your learners having completed the content in question—using the reporting tools—you can post important info into a dialog or use a fun widget.

You’re the boss

There are plenty of things you can determine when you build a module. You have complete control over who can access a module through module permissions. You can access reports on who has viewed or completed a module within, you guessed it, module reports. You can add subject matter experts through advocates, add tags for searchability, and modify overall module settings.

Get started

Wisetail’s module authoring tool is designed to be flexible while helping you create clear, visually appealing modules. We suggest that you start by thinking about the content that you have to share with your audience and organizing it into a simple outline. Draw it on a napkin, your kid’s math homework, the bathroom mirror, whatever. This will help you decide what and how much goes into each module, which modules join together to form a course, and which learners need what content. Or, if you’re the organize-as-you-go type and want to just dive in and start setting up modules, go for it!  Nothing is set in stone here—thank you, technology.

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