Submit an Activity
This form is for use by SERC partners who are building activity sheets as part of our collaborative work. Filling out this form is the first step in creating an activity sheet.More Information on Authoring Activity Sheets (opens in new window)
About Activity Sheets
Activity sheets are one page summaries of teaching activities in a standardized format. Teaching activities in this context includes everything from a 5 minute in-class exercise to an extended student project. The goal of the activity sheet is to concisely communicate to other faculty what the key elements of the activity are so that they can adapt the activity for their own environment; or perhaps use it as a source of inspiration and good ideas.
Activity sheets are 'embedded' within a module that describes, in general terms, the what, why and how of a particular teaching method. The activities serve to illustrate, in a concrete way, how the particular method might play out in the classroom (or lab, or...). So the activity sheet should describe the activity from the perspective of the relevant method.
In some cases an activity sheet may contain all the materials necessary to conduct the activity; students handouts, instructors notes and the like can be embedded in the page as downloadable files. In some cases the activity sheet may draw heavily on materials available elsewhere with links or bibliographic references provided as appropriate. In some cases an activity sheet may describe an activity that has been documented elsewhere: either on the web, or in print. In all cases faculty will benefit from the standardized format which allows them to efficiently skim a large number of examples to find those most relevant to their needs. And in the later cases where an activity sheet is based largely or in part on pre-existing materials the creation of the activity sheet creates a bridge between the existing material and the teaching method information.
Authors retain copyright over the materials they submit. However, by submitting your activity you are agreeing to share it under a Creative Commons license (opens in new window) that allows others to reuse your materials for non-commercial purposes as long as they give attribution and share any derivative work similarly.