This article explains what a Database activity is and how to use it.


What is a database?

A Database is collection of resources stored as records within a searchable Database. Staff and students can contribute to a Database depending on how its settings have been configured. A Database can be identified by the icon showing a stack of 3 blue rectangles

Database Activity icon

Contributing to a database

To view the database, click on the database title on the right hand side of the database icon.

New entry screen in the Database activity

Select 'Add Entry' from the headings provided. If you do not see 'Add Entry', students cannot edit this particular database.

"Add entry" dialogue box in a Database Activity

You will then be presented with a number of input boxes required to add a new entry into the database. Input required is unique to each database with some offering dropdown boxes, text fields and radio boxes. Once you have finished, you can select 'Save and view' or 'Save and add another' to add another entry.

Database entry list show 'view single' view tab

Entries can be viewed on their own under the 'View Single' tab, alternatively you can see a number of entries at once using the 'View List' tab.

Database entries displayed in the 'View List' tab

Congratulations you have successfully added a new entry into a database!

Searching A Database

Sometimes if a database has a lot of entries it can be quicker to find what you are looking for by using the search functionality.

Firstly, to view the database, click on the database title on the right hand side of the database icon, next select the 'Search' tab.

Search dialogue box in a Database Activity

From here you can adjust the filters to find the information you require. In this example using the dropdown box I want to find all lectures by Dr Leo Defreitas

Search dialogue box in a Database Activity

By hitting save settings the results show two lecturers with Dr Leo Defreitas as the presenter.

Results view of the Database Activity showing two lectures

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