A text-based drag and drop exercise presents multiple items that fit into two or more groups; students must classify each of the items by dragging it to the appropriate group’s on-screen container.
Drag and drop activities help students achieve course goals centered on categorizing, comparing, and/or differentiating among concepts or items. For instance, they could be used to categorize movements according to type, compare vertebrates and invertebrates, or distinguish between two theories. They are often used to review categories that have two-plus items each, match items to groups, or compare different categories’ characteristics.
Examples by Discipline
- Behavioral & Social Sciences: Differentiate between Piaget and Vygotsky’s theories of cognitive development.
- Business & Management: Compare corporate, disregarded, and pass-through entities.
- Science, Math, & Engineering: Distinguish between heliocentrism and geocentrism.
- Humanities & Fine Arts: Compare New Orleans Style and Dixieland jazz.
Additional Resource: See Quick Guide: Drag and Drop (Text Based)