Lesson Schedules 2.0 Released — Includes New Youth Curriculum Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Lesson Schedules 2.0 was released today. The 2.0 release includes content for all 2013 classes, including the new 2013 youth curriculum, Come Follow Me.

The 2013 youth curriculum has a more flexible, question-based format. When you set up a lesson schedule in the 2013 Come Follow Me curriculum, you can select a question you want to discuss. The question links to resources online for that topic.

Selecting a lesson

You can learn more about the new curriculum from the Church News & Events article, Church Announces New Youth Curriculum for 2013.

You can also enter lesson schedules for all other classes for 2013.

Other Updates

Lesson Schedules 2.0 includes some other updates as well:
  • Lesson Schedules is now available in 10 languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • For custom topics, you can add a URL to a resource online.
  • The "Manage Class Schedules" link is now called "Administration."
  • Various bugs have been fixed.

More Information About Lesson Schedules

To access Lesson Schedules, go to LDS.org, click the Sign in/Tools menu, sign in with your LDS Account, and then click Lesson Schedules.

To learn more about Lesson Schedules, click the Help button in the application, or go directly to the Lesson Schedules help here. You can also read the previous article on LDSTech, "Lesson Schedules Now Available on Tools Menu."

 

Comments  

 
# Jason Hyer 2012-12-12 21:31
Is there any word on when or if Stake leaders will have the ability to access this tool for anything other than just their wards? This is still a huge gap in the functionality of this as compared to the Classic LDS.org tool. It makes it difficult for the stake to train and assist wards in their effort to use this tool.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-12-13 10:14
Jason, with the 1.0 release, we weren't sure whether the current rights model would stick. However, given the trend with the 2013 youth curriculum, it seems even more clear that wards should have autonomy to define class schedules rather than having these schedules be defined and set by the stake.

I realize this model upsets many stake administrators. However, by giving stake leaders admin rights in Lesson Schedules for their own ward, this admin access should be enough to help stake leaders train and assist wards, right? It just doesn't give stake admins the ability to enforce synchronization across the stake.

I don't really have any more information on this issue. The functionality in the Lesson Schedules application is reviewed and approved by the Priesthood department of the Church.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:20
As a follow up to this discussion, in the next release of Lesson Schedules, class instructors will have edit rights over their own classes. This will help increase the number of people who can help administer the tool.
 
 
# Jim Ford 2012-12-16 13:38
I think it would be very beneficial for the teachers if there could be a iPad App that had all of the new Youth lesson schedules and information in it so that it would all ,be in one place.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:21
Thanks Jim. I think people have talked about including this information into Gospel Library. I'll try to pitch that idea next time I meet with the groups.
 
 
# Rebecca Reid 2012-12-30 20:12
Would it be possible to add the ability to add multiple instructors? I am the YW secretary, and I'd like to make it possible to mark advisors for the lessons for YW -- so for one lesson, I"d mark the three advisors. Or if we are scheudling a few young women to teach a lesson, we'd need to able to add more than one. Thank you, it would be much more useful with that feature.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:21
Rebecca, this is on the backlog of functionality to add to Lesson Schedules. Thanks for your feedback.
 
 
# Galen Murdock 2013-01-06 16:20
Hi Tom, great work on Lesson Schedules 2.0. I'll add my +1 to Rebecca Reid's request for supporting multiple instructors. I hope that helps raise this feature's priority in the backlog.

Thanks,
Galen
 
 
# Howard Olson 2012-12-31 09:32
There is a bug in the lesson scheduler. Now that we are in 2013 I don't see any of the classes or schedules in the left column. I can click the check box but nothing shows up. If I click back into Dec 2012 and then click forward the classes show up.

Also, I agree that the wards should have the ability to set their own class schedules. However, it would be nice as a stake clerk to put in the events like stake and ward conferences and have the sync to all of the wards schedules.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:24
Howard, thanks for your comment. Re the bug, I think you are assuming that classes for 2012 automatically roll over to 2013. This is not the case. You have to recreate classes from scratch for 2013 because often the curriculum changes from year to year for classes.

Re the stake admin architecture, I believe this model poses significant challenges for all local unit apps. Stakes don't have admin rights over ward domains, for the most part. It would require a huge amount of work to enable this functionality, I believe. That's not to say it wouldn't be a good idea or is something the teams might do in the future. Thanks for your feedback.
 
 
# James Stephen Flint 2013-01-02 15:52
So far this new site is worthless to most people. Only a computer nerd, if he's lucky, understands it.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:25
James, sorry to hear that your experience hasn't been a good one with Lesson Schedules. One of the goals of ICS is to build applications that are simple, accessible, and affordable to people. If you wouldn't mind, can you perhaps provide a few more details about how we can improve Lesson Schedules? For example, how might we make it more intuitive?
 
 
# Seanette Blaylock 2013-01-02 18:36
I'm just wondering when the new youth curriculum and the Doctrine & Covenants Seminary manuals will be available in the Android Gospel Library app.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:28
Seanette, the content should be there now. Tap the Manuals section and then tap the Youth: Come Follow Me category. You will see content from the outlines. Also see the latest screencast for info on downloading videos associated with lessons: https://tech.lds.org/blog/553-help-resources-for-downloading-video-to-mobile-devices

There was some difficulty, I believe, in getting the links right in the content.
 
 
# Seanette Blaylock 2013-01-05 01:18
There is no Youth category in my Manuals, I do have the Young Men and Young Women categories.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-05 08:36
sorry, I didn't realize I had my app pointed to a stage server that has the content. I guess the new youth manuals are not there yet. It is a bit frustrating. I'm not sure why. Here's the deal, though. The app team is separate from the department that produces the library content. The app is fully functional to support the content once the content is published. I think the department responsible for the content had some trouble with links in the content. It should hopefully be resolved within a week or so.
 
 
# Shelley Stevens 2013-01-04 18:52
Hi,
I am a member of the Response Team for lds.org. We have been receiving several requests for the "Come, Follow Me" curriculum to be a part of the Gospel Library. Do you have any information I can pass on?
Thanks!
 
 
# Jason Hyer 2013-01-04 19:07
Quoting Shelley Stevens:
We have been receiving several requests for the "Come, Follow Me" curriculum to be a part of the Gospel Library. Do you have any information I can pass on?


The mobile content team is working on the curriculum as quickly as they can and as soon as it is ready it will be made available in Gospel Library. Fortunately it is available on LDS.org so people can review all of the curriculum there and become familiar with it. Then when it is available in Gospel Library, they will be familiar with what they can and can't access in the mobile format.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:33
Jason, this should be published now. I just checked.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:33
Shelley, see my response above to Seannette. That content should be available now within the Gospel Library apps. Look in the Manuals section and you will see a new section called Youth: Come Follow Me. I believe it was just added today.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-05 17:52
Seannette, the new Youth content is now there. Just make sure you have the latest version of the app. Then under Lessons, you'll see it. I verified that just now.
 
 
# Seanette Blaylock 2013-01-06 05:04
Now downloading the content. Thanks, Tom!

Now, about those D&C Seminary manuals.... ;)
 
 
# Howard Olson 2013-01-07 09:06
is common for our ward to have multiple instructors. Especially for adult Gospel Doctrine class.
 
 
# David Bezzant 2013-01-07 23:09
We talked about using the Lesson Scheduler in our Ward Council this past Sunday. Everyone agreed to use it. I provided a quick training on how to use it as well.

One thing which was asked is if the lessons can show up on the Ward Calendar, like have an option to select a class calendar. Many of our auxiliaries are using both right now, if they can put it the lesson scheduler and not have to duplicate it in the Calendar they would like that. Many of them sync the Ward Calendars to their handhelds, having the lesson right there is very handy for them.

Thanks

David
 
 
# Sara 2013-01-31 21:37
I love to use lds.org tools whenever possible and love the new lesson schedule. However,the instructors name does not print. I would like to at least have an option to print if I want to.
 
 
# JenD 2013-02-03 11:27
I am so glad that the new curriculum is there (thanks!!!) but there is a problem - there is nothing after January. Do I need to do something different to access them?
 
 
# JenD 2013-02-03 11:29
Actually, this is true for Church magazines as well...
 
 
# Neil Peterson 2013-03-14 07:17
A few comments with my experience with the Lesson Schedule.
1) I am unable to add some special characters like quotation marks to the lesson title.
2) My ward often chooses multiple talks from general conference around a central theme to discuss on Teachings for our Times, 4th Sundays. The "title" contains all the talks and speakers, but since it is so long no one can read the full title. Perhaps adding a function that when the mouse hovers over the title it will show the entire title? Or if the full title could be displayed on the weekly lesson page or on the "view year" page?
3) I would like the lesson schedule available on LDS tools, perhaps as a separate tab on the bottom, or in conjunction with the calendar tab.
4) Similar to the calendar function, it would be nice to have an (optional) email sent to class members to remind them on the lesson 2-3 days beforehand.
 
 
# Ashton Garrett Smith 2013-11-21 23:13
Any luck on adding multiple instructors? This would be very helpful.
 
 
# Scott Hinrichs 2014-02-04 13:28
It is great being able to set up the lessons for our High Priest group. But it would be even nicer if we could see the lesson schedule with a mobile app rather than logging into LDS.org on a phone or a tablet. Is there any plan to make local lesson schedules available through one of the mobile apps?
 
 
# Douglas Spencer Dickson 2014-03-01 16:11
Several leaders in my ward have requested access to edit lesson schedules on the website for the year. This sounds fantastic to me - as they are the ones determining the lesson schedules in real life. Is this possible? Currently it seems only the clerk and bishopric have access.
 

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