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Pinax LMS Activities

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About Pinax

Pinax is an open-source platform built on the Django Web Framework. It is an ecosystem of reusable Django apps, themes, and starter project templates. This collection can be found at


pinax-lms-activities provides a framework and base learning activities for Pinax LMS. It is a framework for building interactive activities like quizzes, etc. to use in courses for example.


At the moment, pinax-lms-activities provides both a collection of abstract base classes for building learning activities and a core app for managing retrieval of activities and per user activity state.

The abstract activities subclass each other. For example a TwoChoiceQuiz is a type of quiz where a question is asked and the student has to pick between one of two possible answers provided (the correct answer and a distractor). TwoChoiceQuiz is abstract because it doesn't provide the actual questions, a subclass needs to do that. TwoChoiceQuiz itself subclasses Quiz which subclasses Activity. Activity is the top-level base class for all activities.

When developing a concrete activity there are a number of different facets to consider:

  • (a) what’s the question / answer mechanic (e.g. two-choice quiz)
  • (b) what’s the algorithm for choosing what to ask / generating questions (random? based on what user has seen? or what they found difficult? or based on their "level"?)
  • (c) what are the exit criteria for a session ending (do they just get asked 10 questions, is it based on X correct in a row or is it completely open ended)
  • (d) what data needs to be stored about a session for scoring / analytics and/or feeding back into (b)

Currently the abstract base activities are really just addressing (a) and the individual concrete activities have to do (b) and (c). There really isn’t much (d) at all yet.

But we want to get there on all these facets.

Supported Django and Python versions

Django \ Python 2.7 3.4 3.5 3.6
1.11 * * * *
2.0 * * *



To install pinax-lms-activities:

    $ pip install pinax-lms-activities

Add pinax.lms.activities to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:

        # other apps

Lastly add pinax.lms.activities.urls to your project urlpatterns:

    urlpatterns = [
        # other urls
        url(r"^activities/", include("pinax.lms.activities.urls")),

Change Log



  • initial release


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