LearningSpace: Database Activity

What is the Database activity and how can I use it?

The database activity module allows the lecturer and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text among other things.

How to add the Database activity to your study module

First you need to log into Learning Space and navigate to your study module.
Next click the cog icon at the top right of the page and ‘Turn editing on’.

In the topic that you want to add the Database activity to, simply select ‘Database’ from the ‘Add an activity or resource’ pop up menu;

Now you need to give your Database activity a title and introduction;


Scroll down and click the Save button button.
You will now see the shell of your database has been created;


Turn editing off and view your database.

Tab menu overview

Image shows a description of the database fields


Creating the database content

Click on the name of your database to start adding the content.

The first step is to select the tab marked ‘Fields’ from the menu;

Field type overview

Click on the drop-down menu for ‘Create a new field’ > Select any of the below fields as required.

Checkbox -The word will appear next to a checkbox when the user clicks to add an entry. They can check more than one box.

Date – This allows a user to enter a date by picking a day, month and year from a drop down list.

File – Users can upload a file from their computer. If it is an image file then the picture field may be a better choice.

Longitude/Latitude (Latlong) – Users can enter a geographic location using latitude and longitude. When viewing the record, links are automatically generated linking to geographic data services such as Google Earth.

Menu – The text entered in the options area will be presented as a drop-down list for the user to choose from.

Multimenu – Allows a display of multiple choices.

Number – This allows users to enter any number.

Picture  – This allows a user to upload and display an image file. “Single view” is when the image is viewed on its own; “list view” is when it is viewed in with other images. Single view can be larger than list view.

Radio buttons – 
The user gets radio buttons and can choose only one. They can only submit the entry when they have clicked on one button.

Text – Users can enter text up to 60 characters in length. For longer text, or for text that requires formatting such as headers and bullet points, you can use a text area field.

URL – The user can add a link to a website.

If you don’t save the template, students will not be able to add any entries to the database.

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Helen Baker

Head of Digital Innovation

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