A Forum Workbook can be formatted as Pre-Class Work, for the participant to complete and bring to the start of the session.

Creating Pre-Class Work in Course Builder

To create a workbook that can be used for pre-class work, select the “Resources” tab within the Lesson Plan editor. From the “Create a New Resource” dropdown, select either “Forum Workbook” or “Forum Code Workbook”.

Then, in the “Edit LP” tab, select “Basic Class Information” and scroll down to “Pre-Class Work”. Within the “Add a Pre-Class Work Resource, select the workbook that you created in the step above.

Editing Existing Pre-Class Work in Course Builder

To edit the content of Pre-Class Work that has already been published, you'll need to:

  • Remove the workbook resource from the Pre-Class Work field

  • Edit the existing workbook resource. Alternatively, you can create a new workbook resource.

  • Re-add the appropriate workbook resource in the Pre-Class Work field

  • Publish the Lesson Plan

Important note: If students have already submitted content for Pre-Class Work, following the above steps will discard students' existing work. After clicking Publish on the LP, you'll see a confirmation dialogue clarifying this behavior and an option to email all students.

Before Class in Forum

Participants will see the Workbook in the Pre-Class Work section of the class page. They can enter answers directly on the page or, if there is a Workbook, they can open the Workbook in a new tab.

Participants can go back and edit their work at any time. All answers are immediately saved as they type.

Instructors see a read-only version of the Workbook on the class page, to confirm what students are seeing.

During Class on Forum

In the classroom, lesson plans with attached Pre-Class Workbooks will have a new "Pre-Class Work" section in the Resource sidebar. Clicking the title of the Pre-Class Workbook will display the summary view to the class.

After Class in Forum

After class, Pre-Class Work will be available to view on the class page. The workbook will also be included under the Resources for Class section.

Students can also continue to view their own responses for Pre-Class Work on the class page. If a student did not complete Pre-Class Work before the class (e.g. if they were absent, etc.), they may not see the workbook under the Pre-Class Work section of the class page. These students can view a the workbook questions under the Resources for Class section, although they will not be able to fill out and submit responses to the workbook.

Section Switching

If a participant switches between sections of a course, any Pre-Class Work attached to a class that has already run will remain accessible to the participant on the previous section's class page. However, the participant will lose access to any Pre-Class Work attached to a class session that has not yet taken place. Participants should therefore be advised to make manual copies of any Pre-Class Work in progress before section switching occurs.

Current limitations:

  • Workbooks are automatically locked when class begins, so participants cannot continue to edit their responses after the start of class.

  • There is not (yet) a way to bring Pre-Class Workbooks into a breakout session. As a workaround, you could ask participants to paste their pre-class work into the breakout resource.

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