How do I create and use activity templates?

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Using activity templates is a handy feature of Echo that saves time.  Teachers can save activities to their library and quickly drag them into their class as needed.  For example, a teacher who does a "Friday Quick Write" each week might create and configure an activity template (instructions, submission drop box turned on, points possible entered, etc).  Each week, the teacher only has to drag and drop the template into the course to make a new copy of it.

Adding An Activity Template To Your Library

To make an activity template:

  1. Open the Course Editor.
  2. Create or find an assignment to be used as a template.  Configure the assignment using the the activity editor (title, content, point possible, drop box setting, etc).  Save and close.
  3. Under the item's "Options" menu (three dots next to the pencil icon), select "Copy to My Library".

Using An Activity Template From Your Library

To use an activity template from your library:

  1. Open the Course Editor.
  2. Expand the Resources panel (on the right side of the syllabus panel) and select the "My Library Tab"
  3. Drag and drop the desired activity template to the desired place in the course.  This will make a new course activity based on the template configuration.
  4. Open and edit the newly created document to customize (title, due date, etc).

Managing and Organizing Activity Templates

Activity templates are stored in the user's library which can be found in the Community tool.  From the user's library, items can be edited, moved, and deleted just like from within a course.



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