Student Notes Feature Example

This month’s freebie is an example of how you could implement an in-course student notes feature to allow your learners to takes notes within the course on any page and print them out later. Click the Download Lectora File button to download the Lectora v16 AWT, or click the Student Notes Feature_LO button below the image to download the Lectora Online file.

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  1. Profile photo of Nicole Bennett
    Nicole Bennett

    Hi Wendy,

    When I downloaded the Lectora file, it does not download the buttons. I can see the pages in Lectora, but the buttons disappear (next, back, notes button, etc.) What am I doing wrong?

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Hi Nicole,

      Did you download the Lectora desktop AWT or did you download the Lectora Online PKG? If you downloaded the AWT, which version of Lectora are you using? This was created in version 16 of Lectora because it uses the new inline text variable replacement feature. If you are using an older version of Lectora, it is possible that the button format of Lectora 16 is not backwards compatible with older versions of Lectora.

      If you are using an older version of Lectora, let me know what it is and I will make a compatible version of this freebie for you.

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    krixquet

    Does it require printing before the learner exists the course? Otherwise, I assume you have to have a LMS or CMS that supports this much content in suspense data? Is it best published as SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004, or is this meant for HTML stand alone courses?

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Hi krixquet,

      If you are running a course with this feature from an LMS, the _NotesSummary variable, which is the variable that holds all of the student notes data, will be retained and restored between sessions. But you would need to print the notes summary page during a session.

      This title was not set up to be a SCORM title, but it certainly can be converted to one. In fact, I just tried it and then tested the SCORM package on CourseMill. It did indeed restore the notes between sessions.

      As for SCORM 1.2 or 2004, I think that would depend on what your LMS requires. CourseMill prefers SCORM 2.1, so that is what I used.

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    Jeffry Gordon

    Ok, THAT is awesome…but it seems to me it should hold the variable across a session or dump the variable contents someplace (such as a database or an LMS variable) to be preserved. Otherwise isn’t the note lost when the person ends the session?

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Hi Jeffry
      I did not set up this title as a SCORM title. But it could easily be converted to one and used on an LMS. But even when not running from an LMS, the contents of the _NotesSummary variable (the variable that holds the notes data) should be retained between sessions as long as the user’s browser cache is not cleared. When variables have the “Retain variable value between sessions” option checked, I believe they get retained in the browser’s cache somehow.

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    TxLady

    Suggestion. Please tell us where to put these files. If someone is new to Trivantis, they may download it – then have no idea where it went. We need to know where to put it so when we’re in Lectora it’s available. Luckily – I’m one of those who knows how to do it, but I can see where someone could get totally lost. Love, love Trivantis and Lectora. Great job!

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Thanks, TxLady! We love you back! 🙂
      I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “where to put these files”. You should be able to open or import them no matter where you saved the files to. Can you please clarify for me a bit? Thank you!

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Hi stsy,

      The v16 version will not work in v11. So I built another version for you that will work in v11. You can download it via the Student_Notes_Feature_v11AWT button beneath the image above.

  5. Profile photo of Rhonda Thompson
    Rhonda Thompson

    Hi Wendy,

    I love this! I ‘m using it with Lectora version 12.1.4 and used the student notes v11 AWT. It seems to work for the most part, but when I go to the Notes Summary I sporadically get extra lines for pages out of order. For instance my first lesson page is an introduction page, but notes for my Lesson Goals page (which is the second page of the lesson shows first with: “Notes for Lesson Goals page ~~~~null~~~ [END”]. Then My Introduction note shows next with the saved notes, then my third note is another Lesson Goals note with the correct saved notes. I’ve looked at the variables and can’t figure out why the extra null notes for pages shows up. I’ve also had a page note to show up correctly and then it will be followed by a page note with the same heading followed by ~~~null~~~[End]. Any suggestions on how to resolve this?

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      Wendy Miller Post author

      Hi Rhonda,

      I’m glad you like it! My guess for the reason you are seeing this behavior is because, in addition to the Save Note button, the Notes Summary button on the Notes Entry Page *also* modifies the _NotesSummary variable every time it is clicked. That isn’t absolutely necessary for it to do that. But I thought it might be a better alternative than the student typing a note and then clicking the Notes Summary button and losing what they just typed. So the way that it is currently built is going to save a note EVERY time the Notes Summary button is clicked, whether or not the student has typed a note. So if you don’t type a note and you click the Notes Summary button, you’re going to get that ~~~~null~~~~ thing you’re seeing plus the current page name.

      Perhaps a better way to make it work would have been to have two global buttons on the course UI instead of just one. One button that pops up the Notes Entry Page and has just the Save Notes button on it, and another that pops up the Notes Summary page. What do you think?

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    Rhonda Thompson

    I think the two global buttons would work for my purposes. I think explaining the null than explaining the two buttons.

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    Rhonda Thompson

    oops, that should say:
    I think the two global buttons would work for my purposes. I think I’d spend more time explaining the null than explaining the two buttons. 🙂

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