Creating Content in ASSISTments
Creating content in ASSISTments is easy once you get the hang of it. We have had teachers write thousands of questions themselves. Most start with the "QuickBuilder" that does a few steps at once for you. All the content in ASSISTments was built with these tools.
If you see an ASSISTment you like, write down the ASSISTment number, and then go make a copy so you can pull it up in the builder. You cannot directly assign a ASSISTment to a student; you have to bundle it up into a problem set first and then assign the problem set. Keep in mind that all problem sets are composed of ASSISTments. All ASSISTments are numbered. All problem sets are also numbered, but don't confuse them as they are a different set of numbers.
Building an ASSISTment
Building ASSISTments and a Problem Set Overview
Building an ASSISTment with Scaffolding
This video comes in two parts.
Building an ASSISTment with Hints
Creating a Problem Set (Composed of individual ASSISTments)
There are three ways to create a problem set:
- Help for the Quick Builder that will let you type in a a few questions, and will automatically create a new ASSISTments for each question, and also create a problem set for you, and insert those ASSISTments numbers into that problem set. It also has an option to automatically assign it to your class as well if you want.
- The "old fashioned" manual way of creating a problem set using the Problem Set Editor.
- This video shows creating a new problem set, and then typing in a few ASSISTments numbers.
- Creating a Skill building Set (aka Mastery Learning) Problem Set from Variabilized Template (for advanced users). This is useful only if you have mastered creating a Variabilized Template and you want to quickly produce a problem set from a few templates. It will automatically generate a large number of ASSISTments from each template and then insert their numbers into a new problem set. Learn how to build a Variabilized Template here.
Cleaning Up and Importing Formatted Text
Sometimes, formatted text can "decay" after repeated edits and not format properly.
One option is to completely strip the formatting away and start anew by cutting the text (control + x) and pasting with (control + v). This will bring up a window that allows you to return the text in its formatted state. This is known to work at least in Firefox.
If you want to import some piece formatted text, highlight and copy the selection and insert it into the problem body or tutor with (shift + insert) (NOT (control + v)) and the text will appear with all its formatting intact. This is known to work at least in Firefox.
Building your own content is a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it you will never want to stop.
On this page you will find links to get you started and to do fancier things. If you have any questions or comments contact Cristina at firstname.lastname@example.org