The Open Edx Platform of Letstudy – A Guide for trainees

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An Open Edx-based platform, like the training platform of Letstudy, has two main parts: the LMS (Learning Management System) and the Studio. The LMS is the environment through which the learner has access to the courses in which he is enrolled and the educational material they contain, and the Studio is the environment used by the teachers in order to create the course and define its structure and the activities it will contain.

In this article we will introduce you to the LMS part of Letstudy Open Edx platform and we will show you what to expect to encounter, after enrolling in a course.

Course Homepage

In the image below, you can see the homepage of a course that has been uploaded to the Letstudy platform.

The home page includes information such as:

1) The main menu of the course. Through this menu, the trainee can access the various pages of the course such as:

  • Course, where he/she is given access to the course structure
  • Discussion, through which they have access to the forum that accompanies each lesson so that they can communicate with the teacher, the course assistants as well as the other learners in the lesson
  • Wiki, that includes a separate wiki for each lesson
  • Progress, the page that the trainee can see their progress in the graded activities of the course
  • Instructor, a menu that is displayed to users who have the role of instructor

2) The basic structure of the course and access to activities. Through this area the user can have direct access to any thematic unit of the course. Also, by using special green signs, they can see the modules they have completed and the ones left in order to complete the course. In each section, you can see the submission deadline of the activity contained.

3) Button to continue the course. By pressing this button the trainee can continue the lesson from the point that they last stopped it.

4) Course updates and files. From this area the trainee can see some of the course deadlines as well as have access to extra material that accompany the course (for example course slides)

Navigation to the pages of the course

Each unit of a course includes subunits, which organize the academic material and contain (activities) such as videos, assessment activities, text, assignments and more. By following any unit, you can access all the activities included in it.

In the above example, we see a page that contains a video (2). Above the video (1) there is a horizontal navigation menu to the other activities of the same section with the visual information completed or not, next to the corresponding icon that indicates the type of activity (video, text, quiz, etc.). The learner can choose either to navigate to an activity directly from this menu or to select the previous and next buttons (3) and navigate to the activities in order.

Apart from video, a very commonly used activity is that of assessing/evaluating the learner's knowledge in the form of Quiz. An example of this is demonstrated in the image below.

A quiz can include many different types of questions to the user. You can read more in our article: Adding a Quiz to the Open Edx platform..

Another common way of assessment is to prompt the users to upload a file on the Letstudy platform, which will contain the learner's solution to a topic module designed by the teacher.

In such activities, the assessment can be done either by the teacher or by other trainees (Peer Assessment).

Discussion Forum

The Discussion option of the main menu, gives access to the Forum that has been set up for the specific course.

Any trainee can create a new topic at the forum since its goal is to enable communication between co-trainees and also teachers and trainees.

Progress

The last useful tab for the learner is the Progress tab through which he can access the results of the graded activities of each course.

In the form of a bar chart, the trainee can see their grades in all the evaluation activities of the course and below an analysis of the success rate in each activity.

Conclusions

The Open Edx platform, on which Letstudy is based, is quite easy to use by learners and provides enough visual facilities to them so that they know their progress in the lesson at any time, by monitoring the degree of completion of each activity. This is one of the many reasons why the Open Edx platform is so widely accepted by various institutions as the core MOOC e-learning platform.

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