How to Add an Activity or Resource

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  • March 15, 2019
  1. In the very top right of your course, click the Gear menu and click Turn Editing On.
  2. Scroll to the module in which you want the activity or resource. Click the + Add an activity or resource link in the bottom right of the module.
  3. In the pop-up menu, click activity/resource of your choice and click Add.

Common Activities

Assignment: The assignment activity module enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work, and provide grades and feedback.

Forum: The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions (i.e., discussions that take place over an extended period of time).

  • Forums have many uses, such as:
    • A social space for students to get to know one another
    • For course announcements (using a news forum with forced subscription)
    • For discussing course content or reading materials
    • For continuing online an issue raised previously in a face-to-face session
    • For teacher-only discussions (using a hidden forum)
    • A help center where tutors and students can give advice
    • A one-on-one support area for private student–teacher communications (using a forum with separate groups and with one student per group)
    • For extension activities (e.g., “brain teasers” for students to ponder and suggest solutions to)

Quiz: The quiz activity enables a teacher to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short answer, and numerical.

  • Quizzes may be used:
    • As course exams
    • As mini tests for reading assignments or at the end of a topic
    • As exam practice using questions from past exams
    • To deliver immediate feedback about performance
    • For self-assessment

Common Resources

Page: The page module enables a teacher to create a Web page resource using the text editor. A page can display text, images, sound, video, Web links, and embedded code, such as Google Maps.

  • A page may be used:
    • To present the terms and conditions of a course or a summary of the course syllabus
    • To embed several videos or sound files together with some explanatory text

Label: The label module enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page between links to other resources and activities. Labels are very versatile and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully.

  • Labels may be used:
    • To split up a long list of activities with a subheading or an image
    • To display an embedded sound file or video directly on the course page
    • To add a short description to a course section

File: The file module enables a teacher to provide a file as a course resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the course interface; otherwise, students will be prompted to download it. The file may include supporting files (e.g., an HTML page may have embedded images or Flash objects).

  • A file may be used:
    • To share presentations given in class
    • To include a mini website as a course resource
    • To provide draft files of certain software programs (e.g., Photoshop .psd) so students can edit and submit them for assessment

URL: The URL module enables a teacher to provide a Web link as a course resource. Anything that is freely available online, such as documents or images, can be linked to; the URL doesn’t have to be the home page of a website. The URL of a particular Web page may be copied and pasted or a teacher can use the file picker and choose a link from a repository such as Flickr, YouTube, or Wikimedia (depending upon which repositories are enabled for the site).