Modules and Lessons

Adding and Working with Them

 

Modules and lessons are the heart and soul of any facilitator guide. They provide the structure upon which your entire training program is built.

A Module is a topic within your training program. A Lesson is a sub-topic within a Module.

 


At a minimum every training program should have 3 Modules and every Module should have 3 Lessons.

By this we mean that your facilitator guides and participant guides should start with a module that serves as an introduction to the training program, followed by one or more modules that address the main topics, and a module that serves as a summary for the entire program. And, each module should have an introductory lesson, at least one lesson addressing the module's main topic, and a summary lesson. 

Modules and Lessons are drawn from your course outline or instructional design. In its most base form a course outline is a hierarchical list that presents the main topics of your subject, known as Modules, and their subtopics, known as Lessons. Ideally, a terminal learning objective is tied to each Module and the Lessons within each module address the enabling objectives.


 

The Module Overview Page

Here is an example of the LeaderGuide Pro Plus Module Overview page. This is an important Part of any LeaderGuide Pro Plus facilitator guide. The first new Module page is included when you start a new facilitator guide, followed by the first new Lesson page. A page like this is added every time you click the Module button on the LGPro ribbon. It is always followed by a new Lesson page. Depending on which Collection is in use the Module page may have different icons and different fonts, but the components of the page are always the same.


This page serves multiple purposes and contains code you cannot see, which feeds the Table of Contents, Training at a Glance, and the Librarian Excel Registry.

To maintain the functionality of this page it is important that you either type information in or use Paste Special. It is also important not to remove or add Content Blocks to this page.

For the trainer, this page serves as an advance organizer and details the current module's learning objective, time allotment, instructional flow and materials needed.

 

For developers, this page sets up the lessons that follow.

The Module Name is the topic to addressed.

 

The Goal is the learning objective.

 

Time should be listed in minutes and should reflect the total number of minutes required to deliver all of the lessons in the module.

 

Overview is a concise and complete description of the instructional flow the trainer will be following to deliver this module. Try to keep it to 75 words or less.

 

Materials Required is the list of materials needed to run just this module.

 

For ongoing use as an Archived Module, this page provides key information to others who may seek to re-purpose this module in other training programs.

 

For record keeping, this page auto-fills an Excel workbook form that captures and records data about your archived modules, so that you have an efficient way to search and find existing content.

 

For your facilitator guide this page feeds the Table of Contents, the page headers, and the Training At A Glance.

 


The very first new Module page

The very first new Module page is always provided to make sure your module section starts correctly, so please use it.

If you are starting from archived modules and truly do not need the first New Module and New Lesson pages provided by LGPro this is the correct process to follow to remove them

 

Place your cursor by the first black paragraph mark above the red text on the New Lesson page. Use Librarian to Insert Archived Modules and Lessons.

 

After inserting your archived Modules and Lessons, return to the insertion point and add a page break to start your first inserted module on it's own page.

 

Update All Fields,ad run the Training at a Glance and Save.

 

Go To your Table of Contents and make sure things are as expected.

 

Assuming your Table of Contents is reflecting your Modules and Lessons correctly, use Librarian to Delete that first New Module and New Lesson.


To Work on a Module Page

Add the relevant information

Start with "New Module". Type over New Module or paste over it with the name of your module. 

Typing the content in ensures that the LGP styles remain in place. Use Paste Special if you prefer to paste in copied content.

Do not remove any of the Blocks on this page and do not add other Content Blocks to this page. 

Try to keep this page to one page in length. It is meant to be an overview.

Remember that the fonts and their attributes, such as point size, bold, alignment, etc. are controlled by the Style Guide of the Collection in use. To make style changes, modify the Style Guide.

Do not copy and paste other icons over the icons on this page. Remember that the icons are controlled by the Collection in use. To make changes, modify the Block icons in the Collection.

To apply Style or Icon changes made in the Collection, use Attach to refresh the Collection attributes in your existing document.


 

To Populate Fields

To add the Module Name to the Table of Contents, click the Update All Fields  button on the LGPro ribbon.

To add the contents of this page to the Training at a Glance, click the TAG button. The Training at a Glance will reflect your module name, module time and module overview.

To update your Table of Contents or Training at a Glance after making changes to the content on this page click the Update All Fields button.

To change what you see on the Table of Contents page or in the Training at a Glance, come back to this page, make the changes here and then Update All Fields.


NAVIGATION

Place your your cursor by any listing in the Table of Contents or Training at a Glance and press Control + Click on your keyboard to navigate to that spot in your document.


To Add a New Module

Place your cursor a logical insertion point. This can be at a free paragraph mark, or in a Content Block. 

 
  1. Click the Module button on the LGPro ribbon.
     
  2. Type in a Module name. Click OK.
     
  3. Type in a Lesson name. Click OK.
     
  4. A new Module page and a new Lesson page will be added to your document.

 

When a new Module is added:

A page break is inserted at the end of the current page.

The new Module is inserted into your document on a new page.

A page break is added.

A new Lesson page is added. A new Lesson always starts on a new page.

Please leave the page breaks inserted by LGPro in place.


 

To Move or Remove a Module

  1. Click the TAG button, click Update All Fields, and Save your file.
     
  2. Click on Librarian and select Archive, Reorder or Delete.
     
  3. Highlight the name of the Module you want to move or remove.

LIBRARIAN

Delete will permanently delete the Module and its Lessons. Reorder will allow you to select Modules and Lessons that will be copied into a new facilitator guide. Archive will save a copy of the selected Module so that you can then use the Librarian Insert function to place the module where you need it to be, followed by using Librarian to Delete the old, undesired occurrence of the module.


 

The New Lesson Page

Here is an example of a new Lesson page in a new 3-column facilitator guide. Every time you add a new Module a new Lesson is also added because every LeaderGuide Pro facilitator guide and participant guide is built with Modules and every Module has at least one Lesson. Lessons contain your instructional content.

A new Lesson always starts on its own page, and is built out with Content Blocks, which are table rows. Ideally, each Lesson in your guidebook will be a contiguous table. Lessons are designed to flow without the need for hard page breaks. As long as the lesson table is not broken, the Lesson Name will populate the top of each page of the lesson as the content flows from one page to the next. This way your trainers will always know what lesson they are in, as well as which Module because the module name appears in the page header.

 

About the red text

The red text is non-printing. It must always be at the bitter end of your document. Always work above / before the red text. If you turn your paragraph marks off you won't see the red text so please keep your paragraph marks on. 


About the Facilitator table heading

The table heading shown in the example lesson page is only found in a facilitator guide. To edit the labels, use the fields provided in the Start a New Guidebook dialog box, or customize them using the Logo, Copyright and More dialog found under the Parts button on the LGPro ribbon.


To Work on a Lesson page

Lesson Name 

Type over New Lesson with the name of your Lesson.

To change the Lesson Name, return to the first page of your lesson.

To populate the Table of Contents with your Lesson Name, click the Update All Fields button. To change what you see on the Table of Contents page, return to the first page of the Lesson and make your change in the Lesson name area, then Update All Fields.


Content Blocks

Place your cursor by the block paragraph mark above / before the red text. Click on the ribbon button that represents the content block you want to add. Wherever your cursor is, a content block will be inserted immediately below.

The idea is to chunk out your instructions into blocks, to make it easier for your trainers to follow, especially during the live delivery. Your pages should work like sheet music. Learn more in the Content Blocks Tutorial.

Here is an example of a two-page spread within an LGPro 3-column facilitator guide created with the Modern Collection.

Click on the image to see a larger view.


To Add a New Lesson

Place your cursor a logical insertion point. This can be at a free paragraph mark, or in a Content Block. 

 
  1. Click the Lesson button on the LGPro ribbon.
     
  2. Type in a Lesson name. Click OK.
     
  3. A new Lesson page will be added to your document.
     
  4. Update All Fields to add the Lesson name to your Table of Contents.

 

 

 


 

When a new Lesson is added:

A page break is inserted at the end of the current page.

The new Lesson is inserted into your document on a new page.

A new Lesson always starts on a new page.

Please leave the page break inserted by LGPro in place.

 

 

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