Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

204 OER: Adding Interactivity — 11.08.2019

On November 8, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed methods to enhance digital materials and acquainted themselves with Pressbooks interactivity options such as H5P and Hypothesis plug-ins. The focus was on design tips, comparing sample formats, and identifying conceptual hurdles that you might encounter along the way.

To get started with OER Interactivity, contact the DoIT Help Desk to request a consultation with the Learn@UW-Madison team.


  • Plan ahead. 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!). 
  • Be selective. 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
  • 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).

For more information and resources, view the session’s activity sheet here.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays 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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