How do I manually create and edit an Activity?

Mapping Interactivity

Activities are created and assigned via the “Activities” tab. Creating an activity in Literatu is a simple 2-step process. 


You can also use the Activity Wizard to quickly create Non Interactive or Interactive activities.




Step 1 involves entering some basic information about your activity – the name & description, curriculum link, how you would like the activity marked as a whole. You also need to link the PDF that forms the base content of the activity. 


Setting up an activity.

There are three properties sections.

    1. General Options describe the activity 
    2. Important activity scoring and marking options
    3. Powerful interaction options control the way the activities interact with students.


Field name

What does it do?

GENERAL OPTIONS       All fields marked with an * (asterisk) are compulsory

Name*

In this field, enter the name of the activity. The activity will be listed by name in your activity list, and in the student’s list.

PDF file*

Click “Choose file” to locate and upload the PDF file that you are automating within this activity. You can drag a file onto the Choose FIle button or Select a file from Google Drive.


Any file linked from Google Drive will automatically be linked as a PDF document.


Note:  Literatu requires a PDF version of the source file. You will find that PDF is a "Save as" format in all Microsoft and Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as other authoring applications. 


So, if the base document was created in Word (as an example), click "Save as..." and save the source file to PDF format,  and load that version.  


If you have a hand-written activity, you can scan it and save as PDF. 

Description*

Enter a description for the activity. The description appears in the teacher’s activity listing, and in the student’s list across all devices.

Curriculum / Framework*

Literatu uses the curriculum / framework for reports that list performance by curriculum element.  


Click “Choose curriculum” to select the curriculum / framework that this activity corresponds to. You can select more than one. Select from the lowest curriculum element.  

Folder*

From the drop-down, select the folder that this activity should be stored in. 


See the help description for Folders for more information.



ACTIVITY SCORING OPTIONS

Scoring level

There are 2 options in the scoring level dropdown – Question and Activity.


A scoring level of "Question" means each question on the activity is graded individually, with the total of these scores comprising the overall activity score. 


Select this option for automatically scored activities, or any activity where each question has a separate score. 


A scoring level of "Activity" means the activity will be given an overall score by the teacher, regardless of the number of individual questions on it. 


This is the best choice for essays or other long form responses. 


If you select a scoring level of “Activity", you will see some additional fields, detailed below. 

Is this a test?

If this is a test, then scores and correct answers will NOT be shown to students on submit. The activity will be removed from the students workspace on submit. Students will not be allowed to re-do this test.


Scoring type

Displays if scoring level = Activity

There are 2 options in the scoring type dropdown – single score and criteria.


A scoring type of “single score” means you will be entering one score for the activity, and not grading with criteria. 


A scoring type of “criteria” means you will be giving scores for a set of criteria which you have selected for that activity. 


If you select either of these scoring types,  you will see additional fields, detailed below.

Max score

Displays if scoring level is “Activity”

and scoring type is “single score”

Enter the maximum score for this activity.

Criteria

Displays if scoring level is “Activity”

and scoring type is “criteria”

Enter the criteria you would like to use to score this activity, and the maximum score for each criteria element. 

Criteria total

Displays if scoring level is “activity”

and scoring type is “criteria”

There are 2 options for this dropdown – average or cumulative scores.


Totalling criteria scores by average means the total activity score will be given as an average.


Totalling criteria using a cumulative score means the total activity score will be given as a sum of scores



For example, if your activity criteria is:-


Student score

Maximum score

Activity criteria entered

4

5

Coherence and cohesion

3

5

Lexical resource

5

5

Grammatical range and accuracy


Totalling by average means this student would receive an activity score of 4/5.


Totalling by cumulative means this student would receive an activity score of 12/15.

Show score

This field controls whether or not the student sees feedback when they submit an activity.  


If show score is set to “yes” then the student will see:-

  • their score for any automatically marked questions
  • red/green feedback for correct and incorrect answers
  • correct answers for those questions
  • manually graded questions will be highlighted in orange


If show score is set to “no” then the student will not see any of the feedback above.  Further, the activity will not appear in the student’s list of completed activities. This is a good option for class quizzes etc, as students can not show the quiz to other students that have not completed it. 

INTERACTIVITY OPTIONS

Enable repeat

Setting repeat to “Yes” means that students can re-assign that activity to themselves. 


Repeat allows a student to do the activity, submit it, and then assign the activity to themselves to do over again, by clicking the "Repeat" button beside the activity in their activity list titled "Done". 


The student will see another assignment of the activity in their "To Do" list. Literatu stores all of the student's attempts at an activity. The original activity & answers are preserved - they are never removed or over-written.  


This allows them to track their progress. It's also a great way to prepare for a test – students can re-assign activities to themselves, and see how much of the topic they can remember. 


If they don't recall something, they can always go back to their first attempt and check how they answered.

Enable draw

Literatu supports two types of drawing. 

The first is a “background” draw mode. This is used when there is no space on the PDF page to hold a drawing. 

Background draw operates for every field on the activity, and is enabled by setting “enable draw” to “yes”.  Background draw is a great option if you would like your students to show their working for a mathematics problem, for example. 

To attach a drawing to an answer, the student simply clicks “Draw” in the control bar. 

The second type of draw supported is a “draw” answer field, which is covered in activity mapping. 

Show guidance?

This field controls whether or not the student sees guidance while they are completing an activity.  


When mapping an activity, literatu allows you to optionally enter guidance for each mapped answer. This might be advice on how to answer the question, a reminder of a process covered in class, or your expectations for the length of the answer provided. Basically, anything that the student might need to see when answering the question. 


Whether or not the student sees this advice can be controlled at the activity level with the “show guidance” option.


If show guidance is set to “yes”, then the student will see any guidance you have added to the activity, as they are answering.


If show guidance is set to “no”, then the student will not see any guidance. 

Font

The font and font size relate to the text entered by the student when answering the activity.


The font setting is used as a default for all answers in the activity, however it can be changed on individual answers while mapping.

Font size

The font size setting is used as a default for all answers in the activity, however it can be changed on individual answers while mapping.

Video URL

Video can be added to the activity as a whole using this field. 


Alternately, video links can be added to specific answers while mapping the activity.


To attach a youTube video to the activity, enter the URL in either the standard format, or short format which is obtained when you click “share” in youTube, e.g.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjlmhfCfOaI

http://youtu.be/hjlmhfCfOaI


Enter the URL of any video you would like to make available to students while completing this activity. 


If you add video to the activity, the student will see a “Video” button in their activity menu bar. When the student clicks “video”, the video will open in literatu’s built-in video player.   

Audio URL

Audio can be added to the activity as a whole using this field. 


Alternately, audio links can be added to specific answers while mapping the activity.


If you add audio to the activity, the student will see a “Audio” button in their activity menu bar. When the student clicks “audio”, the video will open in literatu’s built-in audio player.


Links from other audio sources (e.g. sound cloud) can be added as URL links on specific answers, while mapping the activity.


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