The database activity module enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (i.e. records). The structure of the entries is defined by the instructor as a number of fields. Field types include check-box, radio buttons, drop-down menu, text area, URL, picture and uploaded file.

The visual layout of information when listing, viewing or editing database entries may be controlled by database templates. Database activities may be shared between courses as presets and a instructor may also import and export database entries.

If the database auto-linking filter is enabled, any entries in a database will be automatically linked where the words or phrases appear within the course.

The Instructor can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the Gradebook

Database activities have many uses, such as:

  • A collaborative collection of web links, books, book reviews, journal references etc
  • For displaying student-created photos, posters, websites or poems for peer comment and review

Table of Contents

Adding to the Database

Database fields

Your instructor will first create fields for you to enter in information in a variety of formats. Fields are units of information that define the data that is to be collected.

From the Database activity:

  1. Click on the Add entry tab.

  2. Then enter information into the following fields that your instructor has created.
  3. Click on the Save and view or Save and add another button.

Advanced search

  1. Click on the Search tab.
  2. Click on the Advanced Search check-box for all the entries to appear or you can type what you are looking for in the search in the search bar.