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2.4 Creating Activities for Students

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to make your courses more engaging by adding activities. These can be assignments, quizzes, forums, surveys, and more. The main difference between an activity and a resource is that an activity requires direct input from students, while a resource is static.

So let’s go ahead and add some activities.

2.4 Creating Activities for Students

Welcome back. In this lesson, you're gonna learn how to make your courses more engaging by adding activities. These can be assignments, quizzes, forums, surveys, and so on. The main difference between an activity and a resource is that activities require direct inputs or direct input from your learners. So, let's go ahead and add some activities. To do that, you would open up your course, you would turn editing on by clicking this button. And then you would find the section you wanna add that activity to and you would click this link. Then you would click on the activities tab. If you wanna search for a specific one, you can do that here. Otherwise, you can choose from the existing ones. So as I was saying, the activities require the direct input from students. So you can create an assignment, a forum where students can talk to one another, a lesson, a quiz, a survey, a wiki, and so on. So let's say you wanna create a survey, you would click on that you would give it a name, demo survey. For example, survey type, choose one of these. If you want more detailed explanation, you can click this little question mark and it's gonna give you a rundown of the available survey types. I'm gonna choose, I don't know, the first one. And this is the Description for the survey. And then let's hit Save and display. So this created a survey of the chosen type, which is Attitudes Towards Thinking and Learning. And students will see this exact same thing and they will just choose the various options right here. Now, if you go back to the course, you will see that Topic 2 now has this Demo survey. And just like with resources, you can grab this and move it to a new section, if that's what you wanna do. And once you're done, you can click, Turn editing off. Now, how do activities work? Well, it really depends on the activity. In this example, we created a survey and students will click that survey and will choose the different answers here, and they'll submit those answers. From the teachers perspective, you can then see the survey responses. Right now we have zero, because nobody has completed the survey, but they'll all be here. And if you add another activity, you'll have a similar interface. You'll be able to see the responses from students. But, yeah, essentially that's how you can create an activity for the students. All right, so now you have some content on your course. It's time to open the doors and let students sign in or enroll to your course. You'll learn how to do that in the next lesson.

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