The course material is divided into modules. A module consists of a slide presentation and a test. The slide presentation contains written and audio text, and a slide showing examples or additional information related to the lecture.
Once the slide show is completed, students take the module test. Similar to the pre-test, the module test consists of multiple choice or true/false questions covering the subject matter of the module. When all questions are completed, students may view the results. The test details will inform them why an answer is correct or incorrect, and will include a link back to a course page for more study and review.
Essay questions may be used occasionally to test the studentís grasp of writing and analysis. Scores and feedback will be given from the course instructor. Test results will not be available for review until the essay is graded.
Basic Course Format (Click on Picture for Larger Image)
Eufrates is designed around a database concept, with essentially two databases. The first database on the server delivers the courses to the student and stores student information. The second database comprises the course authoring component.
All of the content in a module is kept in a single module file (actually in MS Access database format). This prevents lost files and broken links.
The author then uploads the content to the Eufrates server through a menu option. The author or an administrator can view the content on the server, before marking it public for general access.