Platform: Moodle (v4 or newer)
This guide will assist in creating Moodle assignments that will link directly to a LabSim course resource.
Note: After this process, if you find that some links have created unexpected Moodle gradebook columns, and your integration tool was configured before 2024, your configuration may need to be updated. See the end of the article linked here for more info.
1. While logged into Moodle as an instructor and within the Moodle course (be sure to click 'Turn editing on' from the gear cog (usually upper right corner of interface):
2. Click 'Add an activity or resource'
3. Click 'LTI Advantage Live' (or the name your school has given the tool)
4. Leave the Activity Name field blank
5. Click the 'Select content' button
6. Click 'Add Course Resources'
7. Find the product you would like to link resources with from the list
8. Click the chapter you are working on in the left hand column and then select the checkboxes for the subjects that you would like to create links to in the right hand column
9. Click the Continue button
10. Check the items you wish to be graded, and click the Create Links button
11. Click the Save and return to course button. (Note: This may take up to a couple of minutes depending on how many links you've added. Moodle may seem to stall, but it is adding the links in the background. You can verify by looking at the course in a separate tab.)
12. Confirm that the links appear in your course
Automatically Creating a class and Enrolling students
Once you have links from your LMS integrated with LabSim, AS THE INSTRUCTOR:
Click one of the TestOut assignment links inside of your LMS class. When you click on the link, your class is automatically created in LabSim. Make sure to do this for each class. When you do, a class matching your LMS class's name will be automatically created in your LabSim account. As a best practice, don't rename it, archive it, or create a duplicate of it, at least until after your semester ends. DO NOT create your class manually in LabSim.
Note: It is critical that at least one initial assignment be clicked to establish integration between your LMS and LabSim account, which involves the creation of the automatic class. The End Date of each automatically created class is 12 months from the date of creation. If necessary, the End Date can be extended or shortened within LabSim by choosing Edit Class for each class and adjusting the End Date. The End Date does not expire product licenses and does not impact your ability to create additional course copies within your LMS.
Regarding Start and End Dates of your TestOut/LabSim class (for LTI 1.3 Advantage, TestOut EduApp, and Plugin integrations):
If the LMS course start date is known via the integration, this date will be used as the start date for the TestOut/LabSim class.
If the LMS course end date is known via the integration, this date will be used as the end date for the LabSim class. The end date shouldn’t exceed 18 months from when a course is first created in LabSim.
If the LMS course start date is NOT known via the integration, the date when the first initial TestOut assignment link is clicked will be used as the start date for the LabSim class.
If the LMS course end date is NOT known via the integration, the LabSim end date will be 12 months from the start date (the start date is based on the standards set above).
If the LMS course end date is set to continuous, the LabSim end date will be 12 months from the start date (the start date is based on the standards set above).
INSTRUCT YOUR STUDENTS:
Click one of the TestOut assignment links inside of your LMS class. When they click the link it will automatically create the student account inside of LabSim, and enroll them in the right class (with their LabSim account being automatically created in the background, and license activated).
Note: It is critical that at least one initial assignment be clicked to establish integration between your LMS and LabSim student account. This is how the TestOut system knows that your student exists, and is important for multiple aspects of integration functionality.
- For students that already have LabSim accounts, you want to make sure that the email address associated with their account is their school email address. This way the integration will be able to find and integrate with the existing student LabSim account.
- DO NOT create your students' accounts inside LabSim through CSV, individually, or through email.
- Students DO NOT need to create their accounts through testout.com.