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What is the difference between lesson and unit activities?


You want to know what the difference is between a lesson activity and a unit activity which are found in some PLATO courses. 


There are four types of learning activities available in PLATO courses:

Tutorials. The tutorials are modules with direct instruction and practice interactions. Instruction is made engaging through the use of videos and animations. Practice interactions that help students check their progress at mastering new concepts include drag-and-drops, multiple-choice questions, and fill-in-the blank questions. Some tutorials also include Web links to informational sites, games, and videos, which are designed to broaden students' access to information on the topic.

Lesson Activities. The Lesson Activities are written assignments that allow the student to develop new learning in a constructivist way or apply learning from the direct instruction in a significant way. In either case, the Lesson Activities are designed to be an authentic learning and assessment tool: doing something real to develop new understanding while providing a subjective measure of that understanding.

The Lesson Activities supply a document for offline use by students to record results. Students need to submit some of these activities through the Digital Drop Box for instructor evaluation and feedback. See the link below for more information on Digital Drop Box activities:

Digital Drop Box activities in PLE

Online Discussions. Online discussion with instructors and other students is a key activity, based on twenty-first-century skills, that allows for higher-order thinking about terminal objectives. An online threaded discussion mirrors the educational experience of a classroom discussion. Instructors can initiate a discussion by asking a complex, open-ended question. Students can engage in the discussion by responding both to the question and to the thoughts of others. Each unit in a course has one predefined discussion topic; instructors may include additional discussion topics. A rubric for grading discussion responses is included in this guide. See the link below for more information on these discussions:

Threaded Discussions activities in PLE

Unit Activities. The culminating activity at the end of each unit aims to deepen understanding of some key unit objectives and either tie them together or tie them to other course concepts. The Unit Activities entail authentic performance and support development of twenty-first-century skills. The student version includes a simple rubric, if appropriate, while teacher versions may contain more complex rubrics. Unit activities supply a document that students can use offline to record results.

Unit activities were built to be 100% graded. The tasks in these unit activities were designed with rubrics to guide the teacher in grading student work. There are no sample answers provided either in the unit activity documents or elsewhere on the support site. Grading Rubrics for unit and lesson activities can be found by downloading the activities in the Content mini-app for the appropriate course.


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