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From NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Collection
Before you start, explore the collection. To see the best examples of the kinds of activities that have been contributed, explore the exemplary collection (opens in a new window) Search the entire collection (opens in a new window) to see if an activity like yours already exists in our collections. This is especially important if you are contributing an activity that is based on another person's activity or that others may use in their course. If your activity is very similar to one that is already in our collections, please email SERC for options on how to proceed.
Accessibility: Activities are most impactful if they are accessible to all learners. We encourage you to submit materials that follow current best practices around accessibility. While our system will attempt to present your activity as an accessible web page, only you can ensure the accessibility of any files you've uploaded. Our accessibility guidelines (opens in new window/tab)
are a good place to learn more about making the content you create accessible.
There are two ways to use this form:
This section should include a narrative describing the mechanics of the activity and all the materials needed to implement the activity (or links and references to those materials). It is also ok to have just a very brief summary here and more details in an uploaded file.
For all uploaded files, provide a brief description of each item covering what it is and what its role is in the activity.
If you upload files as part of your activity remember to consider their final use in deciding on appropriate formats. Materials that other faculty are likely to modify should be provided in easily editable formats (e.g., Word files, PowerPoint files), whereas materials that will be likely only used verbatim are most convenient in formats that are universally readable (PDF format is often a good choice).
Please be sure all materials you upload can be freely redistributed. For more information about copyright as it applies to materials you are sharing through this site please check our more detailed Copyright Pointers (opens in new window).
e.g. 'Student Handout for Sauerkraut Assignment'
UnspecifiedJPEGGIFPNGWebPSVGMicrosoft WordMicrosoft Word 2007 (.docx)PowerPointPowerPoint 2007 (.pptx)PowerPoint Slideshow (.ppsx)ExcelExcel 2007 (.xlsx)Excel 2007 macro-enabled (.xlsm)Acrobat (PDF)Rich Text FileText FileComma Separated ValuesFlash VideoQuicktime VideoFlash MP4 VideoMP4 VideoFlash AnimationMP3 AudioM4A AudioPhotoshopIllustratorKMLFileKMZ FileZip Archivegzip ArchiveStuffit ArchiveDisk Image FileHTML FileEncapsulated PostscriptPostscriptTIFFJar ArchiveJava Web StartWebM VideoOgg VideoStella RuntimeStella Model (v9 .stm)Stella Model (v10 .stmx)XML fileShockWave Component (SWC)Matlab .MAT FileMatlab FileMATLAB Live ScriptMathematica NotebookMathematica CDF fileCogsketch WorksheetWebVTTJupyter NotebookcalendarR scriptUnknown BinaryThe system will attempt to determine the correct file type based on the name of the file you've selected. Choosing the correct file type here will override that.
e.g. 'student_handout'This will be the name of the downloaded file. By default
the system will generate this based on the title you specified and the type of file. If you
specify a name here it will over-ride the automatically generated name. This is generally only
useful when uploading file of a type not recognized by the system (not in the list of
file types above). In that situation choose File Type: Unknown Binary and include the appropriate
suffix in the file name here. e.g. myfile.m3z
Avoid spaces or special characters in the file names.
(You)Someone else -- Describe below.
A short description of where the material came from. Include names and institutions of authors and contributors as well as acknowledgment of any work from which this was derived.
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which this material appears on this site as well as any information
about reuse beyond this site.
Distributing information on the web generally requires the permission of the copyright holder--usually the original creator. Providing the information we request here will help visitors to this site understand the ways in which they may (legally) use what they find.
If you created this file (and haven't signed away your copyright) then we'd encourage you to select the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike option. You'll retain the copyright to your file and can do as you please with it in the future.
Through this choice you are also explicitly allowing others to reuse that file as long as they give you attribution, and don't use it for commercial purposes.
If the file (or content within it) was created by others you'll need their permission. If it predates 1923 or was created by a U.S federal employee (as part of their job) it is likely in the public domain (and we can all do as we choose with it). The original author may also have explicitly stated how it may be reused (e.g. through a creative commons license). You can describe the licensing/reuse situation in the box above.
Without permission you should not upload the file. There are several options in this case:
The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has more good information about copyright as it applies to academic settings.
This section should include references and links to online resources that discuss the specific activity or will support educators and/or learners using the activity. References related to the general teaching technique should not be included here, but could be included above in Description or Teaching Tips.
Web resources should include both the url and a brief description of the site (and why it is relevant). Print resource should include basic citation information as well as a brief description of the resource.
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