Text-based bulb: interactive syllabus

In this article

  1. What is a text-based bulb?
  2. Sample bulbs
  3. How to create a text-based bulb with PlayPosit?
    1. Adding a blank video as the foundation of the bulb
    2. Embed the text content
    3. Add interaction to the text content
    4. Instructions and tips for different interactions
    5. Exportable worksheet
  4. FAQ
    1. Why is the learner’s status still in progress after responding to all the interactions?
    2. Can I make this bulb worth 0 points for learners?
    3. Can learners revisit the text-based bulb?

What is a text-based bulb?

While PlayPosit is an interactive video platform, instructors can also create an interactive text-based bulb to add engagement to the reading material. A text-based bulb is formed by embedding the reading document into the bulb with Pause or web embed interaction, which can help learners transform their learning from passively reading to actively interacting with the content.

All types of PlayPosit interactions can be used to create the text-based bulb. Instructors can add knowledge check questions to check the learning progress, use pause interactions and web embed interactions to provide supplemental resources to the reading material, and add the discussion forum to let learners share their ideas and form a learning community.

If learners want to review the content in the bulb after completing it, there is a convenient feature for learners to review the bulb - exportable worksheet. After learners complete the bulb, they can export a report from the completion page that contains all the information the instructor put in the interactions, all the questions in the bulb, and the learner's responses to them. This worksheet can help learners review their learning and become a handy tool for revisiting the bulb's critical information.

The workflow in this article is for creating an interactive syllabus, which encourages learners to actively participate in reading the syllabus and also check their understanding of the course. This workflow can also be used for any reading materials in the course to make them more engaging. Please see more use case examples below to see how to incorporate text-based bulbs into the course.

Sample bulbs

Interactive syllabus

Medical text-based bulb

How to create a text-based bulb with PlayPosit?

Adding a blank video as the foundation of the bulb

  1. Search for “5 seconds blank video” on YouTube, and pick one from the list.
  2. Rename the video as needed, and click Done to import the video.

Embed the text content

  1. Click on add interaction at the bottom.

  2. There are two options for embedding the text content into the bulb:

    1. If the text content is live on a website, please select Web Embed interaction, and enter the URL for the text content.
    2. If the text content is a document, please copy the content from it and paste it into a Pause interaction.
  3. NOTES: 
    • If the text content is in Google Document format, instructors can also use the web embed interaction to embed it into the bulb. Please follow the instructions in this article to embed the Google Document.
    • If the text content is in a Pause interaction, please inform learners to interact with the interactions on the sidebar and DO NOT click on the continue button on the overlaid interaction.

  4. Click on the Placement tab on the top, and click on the center of the grey area to place the syllabus overlay on the entire video.

Add interaction to the text content

  1. Click on Add interaction to group under the text content, and start adding in interactions.

  2. To add a welcome message, please add a pause interaction to the group, and enter the welcome message. Instructors can use the rich text editor to insert files and images or record audio to the pause interaction to make it more interactive.

  3. To add more interactions, please click on Add interaction to group button below, and select the desired interaction type.

Instructions and tips for different interactions

  • Multiple choice & Check all questions: 
    1. Type in the question above, enter the answer options, and set the correct answer option. 
    2. Instructors can add feedback to each answer option by clicking on the gear icon behind it and selecting Add feedback.

  • Free response questions: 
    1. Type in the question for learners in the input section.

  • Discussion:
    1. Type in the question or guidance for learners to start the discussion. Instructors can also use the rich text editor to add images and files to the discussion.

    2. When learners interact with the discussion interaction, they can post their comments and also reply to their peers' comments. Instructors will have the ability to monitor the discussion and delete comments if needed.

  • Poll:
    1. Enter the question and answer options for the poll. Instructors can add feedback to each answer option by clicking on the gear icon and selecting Add feedback.

Exportable worksheet

After learners complete the bulb, they can click the View my result button on the completion page to see their exportable worksheet.

Learners can find all the information in the interactions on the worksheet, including the text content and other interactions. They will also see all the questions and their responses in this bulb. To export or print the worksheet, please click on the printer icon in the lower right corner.

To enable the exportable worksheet for learners, please click on the Review tab on the top, expand the Playback options, and check the Allow learners to view their printable report option.

FAQ

Why is the learner’s status still in progress after responding to all the interactions?

After learners complete all the interactions in the group with the reading materials, they still need to watch to the end of the bulb to mark the bulb as completed. Please inform the learners to ensure they see the completion screen before they close out the window.

Can I make this bulb worth 0 points for learners?

Yes! Please follow the steps below to set interactions to 0 points.

  1. Click on the triple dots icon on the top right corner of the interaction.
  2. Use the slide bar to change the points value for this interaction.

Can learners revisit the text-based bulb?

Yes! Please toggle on the Allow learners to retake the bulb upon completion option under the playback settings.

By doing so, learners can click on the Retake button on the completion screen to take the bulb again. Please note that learners will need to answer all the questions in the bulb again when they retake the bulb.

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