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WebCT Digital Content
Practical Ways to Use Digital Content

WebCT's digital content solutions provide innovative ways for faculty of all experience levels with online learning to enhance their existing WebCT courses. If you are new to online teaching and learning, you can take advantage of digital content that is ready-to-use in WebCT, rather than starting from scratch.

WebCT's digital content solutions also provide the depth in functionality and pedagogical flexibility to support even the most advanced online course designers and instructors. Instead of spending countless hours developing multimedia course materials from the ground up, you can immediately access a suite of fully customizable, media-rich online course materials found in WebCT's digital content solutions, such as e-Packs.

Based on feedback from instructors about the features in WebCT e-Packs that help them the most, here are just a few of the ways you can enhance your existing WebCT courses with digital content:

 

Question Database with Varied Question Types

Why waste time creating all of your quiz questions and answers from scratch? Many e-Packs include several pre-made quizzes and self-tests that are ideal for student practice and review.The self-tests and quizzes are a separate tool/function than the Question Database. Self test only allows for MC questions. The question databases typically contain varied question types, such as matching, true-false, and multiple choice. You can immediately leverage these questions in your existing courses, giving students rich, rapid feedback on their performance.

Interactive Games

More and more educators are interested in using games to enhance online learning. Many WebCT e-Packs contain ready-to-use, pre-loaded games, saving you the time and resources required to create games on your own. For example, you could present quiz questions in the format of a fun, interactive game show. You could also quiz students on vocabulary terms by presenting them in the format of a pre-designed crossword puzzle.

Audio Flashcards

What could be more effective in a language course than a "talking glossary"? Many e-Packs contain "audio flashcards", allowing students to see a term or textual definition and then hear the pronunciation. This helps students to build their knowledge by providing an effective structure for learning terms at a pace that is most effective for them, contributing to a highly individualized learning experience. In many e-Packs, you can also randomize the order of the audio flashcards. Audio flashcards are particularly helpful in Modern Language or Science courses.

Video Animations

Many e-Packs contain video clips that visually demonstrate course concepts with accompanying audio. For example, in a Physical Science course, you could give students immediate access to a video clip demonstrating the density of solids and liquids, with a voice-over that explains the scientific processes that students are observing.

Simulations and Virtual Environments

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a virtual environment is priceless. Using simulations and virtual environments found in many WebCT e-Packs, you can replicate issues that students will encounter in the real world. For example, in an IT Troubleshooting course, you could include a simulated computer crash and give an assignment that requires students to actively troubleshoot the issue.

Audio and Visual Demonstrations

Often, the written word isn't enough to explain a difficult course concept. For instance, in an Accounting or Mathematics course, you may want to walk students through an equation step-by-step. To this end, some WebCT e-Packs contain audio and visual demonstrations. For example, an Accounting e-Pack may include a movie where a narrator walks students through a classic balance sheet equation, defining terms and using appropriate visual aids.

Critical Thinking Exercises or Activities

Many e-Packs contain critical thinking exercises that challenge students to apply knowledge or to expand their understanding on their own. Critical thinking exercises may include developing essays, research proposals, multimedia presentations, or case studies. For example, in a Sociology course, students could be required to read content about the topic of divorce, then answer a series of open-ended, high-level questions about the material and submit the answers to the instructor. An e-Pack might also include group exercises where students are required to research a course topic using a series of suggested links, then compile the findings in an HTML page that can be shared with the rest of the class. Critical thinking activities such as these provide increased visibility for students, as well as 'publishing' opportunities for student work.

Modular Content Design

WebCT e-Pack content is presented in a modular fashion with clear, effective organization of course concepts and materials. Many WebCT e-Packs contain Content Modules or Learning Modules that integrate online content with a wide range of associated learning activities, such as quizzes, discussions, or assignments. Presenting course material in this manner contributes to a more holistic and contextual learning experience. Furthermore, using Selective Release capabilities in WebCT, you have the flexibility to control when students access course content based on pre-defined time or performance parameters. For example, you could specify that students must achieve a passing grade on a quiz before advancing to the next content module.

Discussion/Debate Groups

Frequent student-student and student-faculty communication is one of the most important factors in student motivation and involvement. Some WebCT e-Packs contain pre-developed Discussion areas with topics or issues that are paired to the course content. Students benefit by having opportunities to discuss and debate relevant course topics and issues with their peers. In addition, instructors can reply privately to Discussion posts with personalized feedback or e-mail to their students.

 

How to Find Key Features in WebCT e-Packs
Every e-Pack is unique, with varying features and functionality. To assist you in finding the right e-Pack for your course goals and needs, we have developed a list of key features most requested by instructors when adopting digital content. You can also search our list of Frequently Adopted e-Packs by author, title, or key features.

Online Guides for Instructors and Administrators
Consult our online guides for information on how to find and use digital content:

 

 
 

Digital Content: e-Packs