WCLN resource development relies on teachers to work together to design resources that best serve the majority of students. Quality explanations and a variety of activity types is the core goal.
Why do WCLN courses have extensive review at the beginning of each major section in Math and Science?
Why do we have so many Learning Guides, Assignments, and Projects presented in .pdf form? Why don't we use .docx or self-fill pdf files?
- in general, books should hold 4-8 lessons
- in general, lessons should be about a screen size (not overly small or big). Avoid lessons that require excessive scrolling (overwhelming).
- please don't specify font size or family unless absolutely needed (improves general accessibility)
- if you choose to bold "key words," that's fine, don't use various colors and/or underlines and/or highlight colors
- if you choose a different color for examples (eg. Example 1:), keep consistent throughout course
- sometimes <hr> tags (line) are nice to separate sections or items.
- don't over-format, as different browsers and/or screen sizes will mess with this anyway
- if you copy from WORD, please do some clean-up (button or HTML mode)
When you embed a video into a lesson, here's how to do it.
<p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JAIHikod-Q0?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640" longdesc="examples of volcanism"></iframe></p>
- align="center" ensures the video is centered on the lesson
- ?rel=0 ensures that a bunch of "recommended videos" don't show-up at end
- width = 640 is a nice size for a typical screen, generally good not to go wider
- height = 360 complements the 640 height for typical videos, but just set it to keep proportions
- longdesc = a description in case the video becomes unavailable.
There's no perfect assessment for any given group or individuals. Thus, the goal is to have some variety, so teachers can decide what best suits their purpose. It's up to the teacher to choose which assessment tools to use. You can hide/delete/skip the ones you don't wish to use with your students. The goal of designers is to provide the variety for teachers to make this happen.
When doing text, let's make sure we're loyal to our Canadian way of spelling (eg. colour vs. color).
Other words? See: https://opentextbc.ca/selfpublishguide/back-matter/appendix-3/