Part 11 – Spring 2020 Labs

214 for Pressbooks – 02.07.2020

On February 7, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab discussed interactivity within Pressbooks via H5P integration. In addition to the nuts-and-bolts of both platforms, presenters shared examples from their own courses and discussed how their design decisions aligned with their teaching practices and pedagogy.


  • Plan accordingly. Adding interactivity is time consuming. Begin by identifying goals and what “done” looks like. Identify and develop activities aligned with learning outcomes and add time to add them to Pressbooks (and double check that they work!). 
  • Avoid “shiny objects”! Many options for interactivity exist — select ones that are congruent to learning goals; consider adopting a backwards design or learning for use approach to how you design and develop interactive learning objects. 
  • Learn from others. OERs open new avenues for developing and sharing content. Check out examples like this Portuguese textbook or this Biocore writing manual! To get started, contact the DoIT Help Desk with your UW-Madison NetID, a description of your goals, and please request a consultation with the Learn@UW-Madison team.
  • Create Sufficient Workspace. Use a large monitor/display and keep two windows/tabs open: one to work on the front-end of Pressbooks (user-facing) and another to work behind-the-scenes (author facing).

To learn more and discover new resources, visit the session’s activity sheet.



The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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