Most teachers create their own teaching materials every now and again. And when they find something that works, they use it again and again. itslearning can make creating and sharing materials easier than ever before.
The answer is My library, that combined with the page tool gives you endless ways to create and share resources.
"With My library you don't have to copy and move materials from one course to another," says itslearning trainer Jonny Eriksen. "You simply search for the resource in the library and add it to a course."
According to Jonny, resources are easy to update in itslearning, too. Even if you’ve used the page in a number of courses, you only have to update it from My library once, and it will automatically update in all the courses where you’ve used it.
But how do you reuse your materials or share them with others? Let's start with materials that you’ve created or found yourself.
Creating materials in My library
My library – which has a tab of its own in itslearning – is basically a place to create and store your personal resources. Adding new materials is easy: simply click 'Add' and start creating your resource. Currently, you are limited to adding pages, but you’ll be able to add more types of resource in the future. Pages however, have many possibilities.
"The page tool is a great tool for producing teaching materials," says Jonny. “You start with a blank page and you can then add any number of different elements. Basically, a page is like a mini-webpage and you can easily add text, polls, videos, images, files, links and RSS feeds. For a teacher, the sky is the limit."
Reusing the pages you create
Once you’ve created a page, it’s very simple to add it to a course.
- On the course page, click Add and select Add content from ‘My library’.
- Find the page you want to reuse in the list of resources. You can use the search to find it, or click the Library column header to see your resources at the top.
- Click on the element you want to add.
- Click the Add button and the page will appear in your course’s tree menu.
Sharing content with others
What are pages?
Do you use notes in your courses? Why not try pages instead? The page tool is a great tool for producing teaching content, and has more possibilities. Read more about My library and pages in the online help.
Why not share what you've made with your colleagues or teachers around the world? Your materials might save one of your colleagues a great deal of time in the future.
You can share the pages you create with other teachers, either at your school, at your site or throughout the itslearning worldwide community. To share a page, click the 'Sharing' button and follow the on-screen instructions. Other teachers can then find your page when browsing the library.
Using what others have made
You can also save time by re-using materials that other teachers have made. My library contains resources on a variety of different topics – from itslearning tutorials to materials on specific science and history subjects. But how do you find them?
Simply click Add content from 'My library' in your course page and you will see a list of all the materials in the library and use the search function to find what you’re looking for. As of now there's no preview function so you have to add a page to a course to preview the content. If you don't like it, simply delete it.
That sums it up for My library in itslearning. Give it a try today and start sharing your learning materials!
Posted on Tue, February 28, 2012
by Øyvind Flatnes