Customizing an activity takes just a few minutes. Here's how. Start by adding the activity to your "My Library" or to any library of which you are a member.

2. Open the Activity Editor

  1. When you enter My Library ...the activity that you just added will appear.
  2. If you have trouble finding it, select Find Activities and click Sort by Recent.
  3. If you would like to modify that activity select Edit
  4. Alternatively, you can open the activity in preview mode, and then select I want to... followed by Edit.


3. How to use the Activity Editor

The Activity Editor does not auto-save. Click save as you work. Once in the editor, you can freely modify existing text to match your vocabulary, style, and instructional priorities.

It is also possible to make larger and more fundamental changes to the activity.

  1. To create an entirely new section, select "Add Section"
  2. To delete an existing section, select "Delete Section"
  3. It's also possible to add components within each section including the following:
  • General Notes General Notes when published will be offset by a golden bar
  • General Instructions General Instructions when published will be part of a numbered list. General Instructions have two fields, one labeled "Instruction" (which will be seen by everyone) and one labeled "Instruction Notes" which will be seen only by instructors who select "I want too..." and then "Show answers and notes" at the top of a published activity.
  • Data Table & Graph
  • Data Table
  • Multiple Choice A multiple choice question with one or several correct answers, with optional automatic grading. (more information on Multiple Choice questions)
  • Open Ended Question An open ended question includes a text box so that students can type a response.
  • Video Instance In order to add a Video Instance it's necessary to know the name of the video instance you'd like to add. In order to find the name of a video instance, find an existing activity that already uses the instance. Then add it to "My Library", then open it up in the activity editor, then look at the name of the video instance that you'd like to use.
  • Teacher-uploaded video content
  • Student uploaded video content
  • Any web content, such as Youtube video or PhET simulation, using the iFrame component.

Once you've finished editing the activity, hit the Save button or the Save and Close button at the bottom of the editing page.

Adding a component:

Once you've added the component, you can fill in the prompts, sample responses, notes (for the instructor only) and assign the number of points.

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