For this assignment, you will pick a topic from the course and create an interactive, or a short learning activity, about it—similar to others you’ve encountered throughout the course. The purpose of the interactive is to provide yourself and others the opportunity to better understand concepts from the content in order to make it more approachable and interesting. The best interactives may be eligible to be incorporated into the course for future students! Here’s one example:
You will make these interactives using H5P, using the course presentation tool. The presentation should have a minimum of 4 slides and a maximum of 10. The course presentation feature in H5P works like this:
The other types of H5P tools you’ll likely to include within the H5P presentation are:
- H5P Image Sequencing
- H5P Drag the words (this is best for matching)
- H5P Fill in the blanks
- H5P Multiple choice
The goal is not to simply duplicate the multiple-choice practice questions that you already see in course, but to create an activity that provides a deeper review or an opportunity to elaborate upon important concepts. You could also pull in current research or other engaging articles to expound upon a topic.
STEP 1: Pick a topic from the course that you found to be interesting, difficult, or in need of further explanation. Maybe it’s something related to research, one of the developmental theories, genetics, pregnancy, sleep, language development, attachment, Piaget’s stages, Erikson’s stages, parenting styles, moral reasoning, school, cognitive development, puberty, identity formation, etc. You can also select topics that will be covered in later modules, such as marriage, divorce, aging, attitudes towards death. Try to hone in on something that is a focused topic, such as the example above on reliability and validity.
STEP 2: Research the topic. Read more about it in general terms, but also review current research and journal articles related to the topic. You are required to include at least one reference to an outside source in the interactive. Any and all content you use inside of the interactive needs to be written in your own words and appropriately cited OR it needs to be openly licensed, and appropriately attributed.
Similarly, any images used should be openly licensed or in the public domain (CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA). You can search for openly licensed images within Flickr or other platforms, but google also offers search tools to help you find images that allow for reuse. You can click “tools”, then the dropdown menu will come down and allow you to select “Creative Commons,” as shown below.
STEP 3: Write out your plan for the interactive. It works well to storyboard it first on a document so you know what you’ll want to include on each slide. For example:
- Slide 1: Introductory paragraph on topic. Introduce example.
- Slide 2: Multiple choice question about the example, with feedback.
- Slide 3: Introductory text. Picture.
- Slide 4: Matching activity.
- Slide 5: Conclusion.
STEP 4: Go to H5P.org and create a free account, or visit H5P.com and sign up for a trial account. Click “Try out H5P.” Because the trial program (H5P.org) sometimes does not let you use the course presentation tool, it is best to begin with an uploaded template.
Download this Course Presentation template and upload it to get started. Click “Use” to begin with your own editable version of the template. Modify the existing content and delete the slides you don’t need.
Read through the tutorial on creating a course presentation for more editing ideas.
STEP 5: Create your interactive! Read through this brief tutorial on adding attributions or use the guides within H5P to help you create the type of content you need.
STEP 6: Copy and paste the URL of your interactive into the discussion forum, along with a short description of why you made it and where you think it best fits into the course content.
||Does Not Meet Expectations
|Interactive is an informative and engaging h5p presentation||The interactive is an interesting h5p presentation between 4 and 10 slides. It covers a relevant topic within lifespan development. It is easy to follow, and informative. Critical analysis and application are demonstrated.||The interactive is an h5p presentation between 4 and 10 slides. It covers a relevant topic within lifespan development. It is engaging, easy to follow, and informative.||Interactive is not between 4 and 10 slides; not on topic, or not informative. Does not demonstrate critical analysis.||__/15|
|Includes at least one outside source with proper citations and attributions||Content is original work unless where specifically indicated. The presentation includes at least one outside reference, with proper citations, and attributions if using OER. Content is clear, on-topic, and credible.||Content is original work unless where specifically indicated. The presentation includes at least one outside reference, with proper citations, and attributions if using OER.||Content is not thorough, is disconnected, or not properly cited.||__/5|
|Writing Mechanics & Grammar||Well-organized and clearly written slides provide enhancement on the topic. Clearly written; excellent writing style.||Organized presentation; clearly written.||Presentation content is not well-organized; not clearly written; contains grammatical and/or spelling errors.||__/5|