Go to the register page and fill in your details. On successful submission of your details you will be emailed an initial password to login to the system. Once logged in you will be able to reset this password.
NB - the Drawtivity system may be set up to accept only email addresses from specified domains. If this is the case this will be indicated in a message on the registration page. In this case you will not be able to register on the website unless you have access to an email address on one of the allowed domains.
Once you are logged in click on the My details menu item. The update your details page that is displayed allows you to edit your name, email, organisation and password registered on the system.
The sequence of steps involved in creating a Drawtivity activity are:
Each of these steps are described in more detail below.
When you are logged in to the Drawtivity system your default view is a page listing your activities. Above and below the table displaying this list of activities are Add new activity links. Click on one of these links to open the Create new activity page. At this point you only need to give this new activity a title and click the Create activity button. You will then return to your activity list with the new activity listed at the top of the table. To complete your activity you now progress through the stages presented by the icons listed from left to right for this activity in the table staring with the activity settings.
The appearance and behaviour of each Drawtivity activity is defined by its settings. The activity settings page is opened by clicking on the related activity settings icon in the activity list table.
Colour related settings - a number of these settings define the colour of various aspects of the activity. These colours are defined using hexadecimal notation of the form #FF0099 (more info. on colour hex codes). In order to help you define these colours appropriately a pop-up colour picker will appear when you click into one of these text boxes. You then move the vertical slider and drag the circular colour picker to choose the desired colour. To select this colour click on the coloured button in the bottom right of this colour picker window. This will write the related colour hex code in the related activity setting text entry box.
The use of each of the activity settings provided are described below (NB - where values are gievn in brackets for a setting these indicate the suggested range of values to be used for this setting):
The following group of settings determine the overall appearance of the activity:
The following settings relate to the activity introduction which appears in a pop-up panel above the activity buttons at the bottom of the activity.
The following settings relate to the user drawing aspect of the activity:
Pop-up notes related
The following settings relate to the optional pop-up notes that can be displayed in activity feedback.
The following settings relate to the automated scoring facility offered by Drawtivity activities (more info. on the activity scoring mechanism). Amending the lower and upper limit values changes the sensitivity of the scoring mechanism to the accuracy of the user's drawn response. In order to determine the appropriate scoring limits for an activity, it is suggested that you test your activity (using the preview available on the activity publish page) and vary these scoring limits within the suggested ranges.
Once you have completed the activity settings click the Update settings button to save these settings and move on to the next step which is to compose the activity text.
The activity text is opened by clicking on the related activity text icon in the activity list table. This page allows the text that appears in the activity buttons and introduction and OER panel to edited (the OER panel provides details on copying and adapting this activity). The following text entries are available:
Click the Update text button to save your activity text. The next step in creating an activity is to upload an image to be used in the activity.
A Drawtivity activity involves the drawing of a line or area on top of an image. The image used within the activity needs to be a JPG, GIF or SWF formated file with dimensions of 600 by 450 pixels.
Important! - All Drawtivity activities authored on this system are licenced by the Creative Commons attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. This means that you need to be sure that any image used in your activities is available for use under this licence before it is uploaded to the system.
Once you have created your activity image you need to upload the image file on to the Drawtivity authoring system. Click on the add image icon in the activity listing table to access the activity image page.
Click on the browse button to reveal a file dialogue which you can use to locate and select the activity image file on your laptop or PC. Click the Upload image file to add this image to your activity.
The next stage in authoring an activity is defining the correct answer which will be revealed in the activity feedback and will also be used in calculating a score. To define this correct answer click on the related feedback icon in the activity listing table.
The define activity feedback page displays an interface very similar to the activity itself which you can use to draw the correct line or area on the activity image. The Delete last point and Reset buttons allow you to undo each point of your drawing or to remove your entire drawing. When you are satisfied with your correct answer click the Save button.
Tips for authoring your answer line /area
An optional aspect of activity feedback are pop-up notes which can be positioned on the activity image to highlight important aspects of the answer. To add pop-up notes to your activity click on the related add notes icon in the activity listing table.
The define activity pop-up notes page displays an interface which again is similar to the activity itself. To add a note click on the Add popup note button. A note icon will then appear in the center of the activity image. Drag this icon to the appropriate place on the activity image. Once the icon has been positioned a panel will appear which will allow you to define the note text and an optional note web address (if a web address is provided for a note then this note will become a clickable link to this web address). Click the Save note details button to record your entries for this note and repeat the process to add further pop-up notes to the activity. NB - to delete or edit a note click on the note icon to reveal the note details panel.
When you have finished click the Save button to record your notes for this activity.
When you have finished the initial authoring of your activity, you can use the activity publish page to preview and finally publish your completed activity. Click on the activity publish icon in the activity listing table to access this page.
At the top of the activity publish page are 3 links you can use to download different versions of the activity files. Beneath these 3 links is a preview of your activity which you can use to test the activity from the perspective of an activity user. You should use the preview to check that your activity has been authored correctly and is responding as anticipated to various types of activity attempts.
To make changes at this stage you will need to return to the activity list table to edit the activity settings, text etc. Once you are happy that you activity is finished you should download the appropriate activity files.
On the publish activity page there are three links available to download different versions of the activity files. Clicking on any of these links will open a browser window with options of what to do with the published ZIP file. You should select to save this ZIP file on to your laptop or PC.
To test your published activity you will need to extract the downloaded zip file and then open the activity index.html file. Below is advice on selecting and using the appropriate activity download version:
When you have completed the creation and publishing of your activity you should set this activity as complete on the Drawtivity authoring system. This means that the activity will be archived and so not appear in your working activity listing and this also indicates to visitors to the Drawtivity website that this activity is complete and ready for use as an Open Educational Resource (OER). To do this click on the Mark as complete finishing flag icon in the activity listing table.
All completed activities are displayed on your Completed activities page where you can review the number of copies and downloads made of this activity, publish further copies of the activity for your own use and visit the public page associated with this activity.
Once an activity is marked as completed on the Drawtivity system it is displayed in the list on your completed activities page. This list provides an overview of the OER use of your activity such as the numbers of downloads and the copies made for adaptation. The listing also provides links to activity public pages and a facility to revert the activity staus back to incomplete for edits to be made.
Making a copy of an activity - from the completed activities listing click on the view public page icon for the activity you wish to copy. In the box at the top right of the page click on the link Copy this activity to adapt and republish. This will add a copy of this activity to your activity list page where you can start to edit it.
Editing a completed activity - to do this you will need to change the activity status back to incomplete by clicking on the change activity status icon in the completed activity listing. This will move the activity back on to the My activities list page from where you can access the various activity editing pages.