Now that you've created a lesson, you might want to investigate what your options are for activities within your lesson. 

Are you looking to link an assessment, blog, or poll to your lesson? Click HERE for more information.

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Add an Activity

  • Add Directions - a simple set of text for students to read.
  • Add from Bookshelf - This adds a tile with an item from your bookshelf.
  • Add New Resource - This adds a tile that will provide a resource to a student, such as File, Link, Image, Recorded Video, Youtube Video, Audio, Google Drive File, OneDrive File, or a Custom Page ( you can include embedded content with this resource type).
  • Add Question (Coming Soon!) - This adds a tile that will prompt the students to answer a multiple choice, true false, or short answer question directly within the lesson.

Not sure which one to choose? Continue reading to learn more about adding directions, adding from the bookshelf, and adding a new resource.

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Add Directions

This is the simplest type of activity - a set of directions. There will be nothing for the student to click, view, or watch; just text for students to read. Once you click on Add Directions, you will...

  • Add a title. and directions (text only).
  • Upload a picture to display with the activity (optional). For best results, use an image with a ratio equivalent to 300 x 200.
  • Click Save.

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Add from Bookshelf

Do you have a resource on your bookshelf that you'd like to use? You can add that resource directly into an activity by selecting Add from Bookshelf.

  • First, it will bring up your bookshelf for you to choose a resource from.
  • Add a title and directions (text only).
  • Upload a picture to display with the activity (optional).
  • Click Save.
  • The bookshelf resource is now in the activity. In the example above, the resource used is a link. On the student view, you can see the button that says Open Link. That button will display the resource type, for example, if it were a file, it would say Open File.

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Add New Resource

Do you have a resource you want your students to use that isn't already on your bookshelf? You can add that resource directly into an activity by selecting Add New Resource.

*note - any new resource you add/create here will automatically be added to your bookshelf.

  • File - you can upload a file (like a PDF, Word doc, Excel spreadsheet...). 
  • URL (Link) - you can add a website URL.
  • Image - take or upload an image.
  • Video - record or upload a video.
  • YouTube - add a YouTube video.
  • Audio - record or upload an audio recording.
  • Google Drive/OneDrive - add a link to a document in your Google Drive or OneDrive
  • Page - this is a document you create directly within Otus that includes rich text formatting, as well as the ability to add images into the body of the text.

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