These require students to complete a task. You should utilize these elements more often than resourcesbecause we want our students to interact with content not merely consume content. Assignments, tests, surveys, and custom activities appear in students’ task blocks.
Keep in mind that the rich text editor will be included in all activities. So if you want a student to watch a video and demonstrate their understanding, the video can be embedded within the assignment itself. The student can then demonstrate understanding through a short quiz or student created content such as a paragraph.
The following list provides default itslearning activities, however school or district elements can be added by an administrator. (As seen in the image.)
- Assignments require a digital submission. This digital submission might be a typed essay, PowerPoint presentation, VoiceThread, Prezi, Video, Image, etc. that demonstrates users’ knowledge. Assignments can be aligned to standards with rubrics and assessment criteria to track standards mastery. There is also an option for students to work in groups.
- Custom Activities are non-digital submissions and may include student artwork, oral presentations, hand-written essays or a face-to-face discussion. Custom activities allow the teacher to provide digital directions and grading specifications, but the work will be submitted, assessed, and graded manually.
- Tests might be quick quizzes or formal exams. Questions can be aligned to standards, categorized, and assigned specific point value. (Questions can also be imported.) There are ten question types (as seen in the image) that include technology-enhanced questions - matching, ordering, and hotspot. Each question and answer includes the rich text editor, so videos, sound clips, and images can be part of the question.
- Discussions allow students to reflect on a topic, which may include media elements. Students may then read all posts and replies.
- Surveys can be utilized within a course or open externally. They include four question types (yes/no, open answer, matrix, multiple choice) and can be set to be anonymous.
- Conferences are real-time video or text-based chats hosted by a teacher. The text-based chat allows a maximum of 50 students participate at one time while the video-based chat only allows a maximum of ten users at one time. The chat may be utilized for an in-class back channel or an evening study session. (Sessions cannot be archived.)
- Registrations allow instructors to create a list of options for participants to register. This may include a study session, presentation time, or group project.
Resources are consumable elements and do not require the student to complete a task. The image shows resources that may be added, however we recommend using the following.
- Folders should be added in the course tree for organization.
- File or folder: Allows for easy drag and drop addition of files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox or One Drive.
- Links allow you to share web URLs.
- Pages include content blocks of information around a single topic. Polls, videos, images, etc. can all be included within a page. Page is a great tool for student created content as well.
- File: Do not use this option; it will soon be removed from this list.
- Note: The note is another utilization of a rich text editor. Embeddable content can also be included here such as YouTube videos, Prezi, Padlet, etc.
Ready-to-Use Content includes elements that can be imported from other learning management systems or platforms as well as content that are in a shared library of resources. (Sometimes known as a learning object repository or LOR.)