Usually an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and/or the instructor. Using interactive course content in CourseSpaces serves two purposes: letting the instructor gather information, and allowing the students to collaborate.

We highly suggest that if you are new to CourseSpaces, that you do not overwhelm yourself by adding too many different activity types. It is best to slowly increase your knowedge base of each, and slowly integrate some of them into your online course component.

Types of Activities

Assignment: Allows instructors to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the instructor and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected.

Blog: Provides a very basic blog interface. Note: if you are intending to use blogs extensively, please consider using UVic OAC instead.

Certificate: Allows instructors to co create customizable PDF certificates for students in a course.

Chat: Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion. Be aware that this is a very basic form of online chat and there are some limitations to its use.

Choice: Ask students one particular question. Useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic, to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course, to allow students to sign up (e.g. for a presentation date), or to gather research consent.

Database: Allows the instructors and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text amongst other things. (Advanced user)

Feedback: Allows instructors to create and conduct surveys to collect feedback (non-graded).

Forum: Online discussion forums where instructors and students can exchange ideas by posting comments.

Glossary: Allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.

Group Choice: Allows students to choose (join) an instructor pre-created group, which could then be used for other activities.

HotPot:  Similar to the quiz activity, HotPot allows the instructor to author games using third-party software (e.g., Hot Potatoes) and upload to a course.

Lesson:  The instructor can present a series of pages to the student who is usually asked to make some sort of choice underneath the content area. The choice will send them to a specific page in the Lesson. Please note, building a lesson activity takes a lot of pre-planning and testing of the lesson.

Quiz: Allows the instructor to design and build marked quizzes, or self assessment quizzes.

Scorm package: Enables instructors to upload any SCORM or AICC package to include in their course.

Team builder: Enables the instructor to build teams with complementary members using multiple choice questionnaires.

Wiki:  Students can create a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser.

Workshop: Peer assessment with many options. (Advanced user)