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Tim Taylor | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 18 2015 8:29 PM

Is there a way to easily make a reading plan for a Logos Mobile Ed course? It would be really nice if Logos released reading plans for each course so that students can quickly customize a schedule for going through the course work.

It would be really nice to have 2 types of reading plans for each course:

  1. A reading plan for the lecture transcripts (each lecture video with transcript would be a session and the student could decide if they want to make the reading plan schedule 1 session per day, week, 3 times a week on certain days, etc.)
  2. A reading plan for the readings that accompany the lectures. I have seen some classes have a notes document provided with all the readings in that note document. This is nice, but is there a way to convert this to a reading plan? That could save some time too.

I'm really hoping someone will tell me that this is already easily possible? I know I could go through each lecture manually and add it to a clippings document and then create a reading plan from that clippings document but that sounds super tedious. I suppose if one person did all this work and uploaded the result to the course Faithlife group documents section then it could be worth it, but it would be really nice if Logos could provide this themselves so that it's more professional, accurate, consistent, etc.

I think that this would add a really nice touch to the Logos Mobile Ed courses and this would fill a huge need that I see with online courses: motivation. It can be hard to be self-motivated to go through online, self-paced courses, but with this type of reading plan integration, it could really provide some of that much needed motivation for many. Thoughts?

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Tim Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 18 2015 8:57 PM

Ok, I tested out the whole idea of using a clippings document and creating a custom reading plan. This mostly seems to work (although it is very tedious as I mentioned above). I tested it out with a few lectures, but as you can see in the screenshot, it seems that there is no way to change this reading plan to anything but an "every day" schedule. Can't I create a custom reading plan that has a lecture every other day or on the weekdays only or 3 times a week, etc. like I can on the "Generate a Reading Plan" option (as opposed to the "Custom Reading Plan" option). Notice how it's just: Today, Tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day, etc. etc. etc.

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Tim Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 18 2015 9:00 PM

This is what seems to be missing in the "Custom Reading Plan" option (this screenshot is from the "Generate a Reading Plan" option):

This makes me wonder if there's a way to just use the "Generate a Reading Plan" option since it already has this scheduling component nicely implemented? The only problem with that is when I try to use this option, I don't know how to tell it to give me one lecture per "session." In the reading plan. Help?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 18 2015 9:43 PM

For a number of classes there are reading lists available:

or building a custom plan takes about 30 minutes and results in something like:

Depending upon which you prefer, we can give appropriate directions.

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Tim Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 19 2015 8:25 AM

MJ. Smith:

For a number of classes there are reading lists available:

How did you get to this feature?

MJ. Smith:

or building a custom plan takes about 30 minutes and results in something like:

Yes, I see that, but again, notice how it's every single day on the schedule? I simply want to be able to create my own schedule, MWF, or at least a break on the weekends, etc. 

MJ. Smith:

Depending upon which you prefer, we can give appropriate directions.

I simply want to be able to create my own schedule, choosing how many lectures per day, and which days of the week. Which ever way will let me do that, please give me "appropriate directions" to go down that road. Thanks! Smile

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 19 2015 12:45 PM

Tim Taylor:

MJ. Smith:

For a number of classes there are reading lists available:

How did you get to this feature?

It's under Tools ==> Bible Reference ==> Reading Lists

Tim Taylor:

MJ. Smith:

or building a custom plan takes about 30 minutes and results in something like:

Yes, I see that, but again, notice how it's every single day on the schedule? I simply want to be able to create my own schedule, MWF, or at least a break on the weekends, etc. 

I simply chose to have it every day. On a custom plan you don't even need to have a consistent pattern - you simply assign the readings to the dates you want.

Tim Taylor:

MJ. Smith:

Depending upon which you prefer, we can give appropriate directions.

I simply want to be able to create my own schedule, choosing how many lectures per day, and which days of the week. Which ever way will let me do that, please give me "appropriate directions" to go down that road. Thanks! Smile

I think pictures will be enough but if you need words too just ask.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Tim Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 19 2015 2:35 PM

MJ. Smith:

It's under Tools ==> Bible Reference ==> Reading Lists

Thanks, I had no clue about Reading Lists! I tell you, I am learning something new about Logos every day, this software is so advanced and amazing! Question: Is there a way to convert Reading Lists into Reading Plans? It seems like that would be a real easy jump for the software.

MJ. Smith:

I think pictures will be enough but if you need words too just ask.

Yes, this is very helpful, thanks so much, MJ! Smile

This will work for now for my needs. Although I will admit it's not the most user friendly and still not the most ideal.

It will take a good 30 minutes to create a whole schedule for each class, when it seems with just a minor change, the "Generate a Reading Plan" option could be much nicer and quicker for advanced class scheduling!

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 19 2015 3:09 PM

Tim Taylor:

MJ. Smith:

It's under Tools ==> Bible Reference ==> Reading Lists

Thanks, I had no clue about Reading Lists! I tell you, I am learning something new about Logos every day, this software is so advanced and amazing! Question: Is there a way to convert Reading Lists into Reading Plans? It seems like that would be a real easy jump for the software.

No, Reading lists don't convert easily into reading plans as lists often contain materials not available in Logos. But you are right that there are a number of times it would be nice to be able to convert back and forth between the two.

These reading lists will help you get familiar with the Logos capabilities:

  • Logos  System References and Blog Training
  • Logos/Verbum dataset and visualization information

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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