Use Recommended Activity Types

Your editorial team will work closely with you to select the activity types most suited to your individual project. As a starting point, however, we recommend the following activities:

  • Flashcards with original definitions, which can be paired with various readings
  • Frequently used skill-builders, such as drag the words, fill in the blanks, and multiple-choice question sets
  • Third-party videos followed by questions
  • Discussions and assignments
  • Quizzes

Should a reading change or a resource become unavailable, each of these activity types is easy for you to modify while preserving the components that still apply to your project. For instance, it’s relatively straightforward to add new terms to a flashcard deck and eliminate others, swap out third-party videos, or tweak discussion prompts to reflect updates to the resources on which they are based. It could be more complicated to rerecord a lecture or adjust an image-based activity that corresponds to specific content.

Leverage your Introductions and Conclusions

When developing an anthology or course pack, you may create a considerable amount of material—such as introductions and conclusions to units and chapters—to contextualize the third-party readings you have selected. Take advantage of the content you have created for these sections to develop interactive resources for topics throughout your project.

For instance, composing interactive materials based on your introductions helps you:

  • Write original definitions for flashcards;
  • Identify complex concepts that may need further explanation or practice; and
  • Prepare students to engage with the reading (especially for interactive ebooks).

In turn, writing interactive materials based on your conclusions helps students:

  • Confirm whether they understand the individual readings;
  • Synthesize concepts and reflect on what they have learned; and
  • Apply their understanding of the material to new situations.

To round out your project’s interactive materials, you could supplement this content with other recommended activities—such as practice exercises (e.g., multiple-choice questions or other skill-builders) and assessments—that relate more closely to the readings and their topics.