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Open Theater Assignment 1 – Interactive Learning Content with H5P in Pressbooks

Heather E. Caprette, MFA

We are developing this book, in part, to satisfy the requirements of a Designing with Open Educational Resources Fellowship Grant, awarded to Lisa Bernd, PhD, Assistant College Lecturer and Heather Caprette, MFA, Sr. Instructional Designer at Cleveland State University. This chapter begins the first of three open source assignments that Theater professors can use in their courses. The assignments are licensed as CC-BY. You can read about this license on the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International page.

These assignments utilize the open source textbook, Theatrical Worlds, Edited by Charlie Mitchell, University Press of Florida, 2014, as well as other Theater resources found on Playhouse Square Digital Press Kit (See: http://media.playhousesquare.org/), and those provided by the instructor. Theatrical Worlds is available for download on the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library site at https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx?bookId=242. The third assignment makes use of Jonathan Dorf’s Chapter 12: Dialogue Element within www.playwriting101.com, as accessed on 7 September, 2017.

We are using H5p.org interactive content tools at https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications, installed within Pressbooks hosted on our library systems, to create content for the Interactive Learning Content chapters.

Pressbooks is a free open source download from Github (See: https://github.com/pressbooks/pressbooks). This version allows install of plug-ins such as h5p. Anyone can register for an account on Pressbooks.com for free, if they would like Pressbooks to host their book.

Assignment 1: Student Development of H5P Knowledge Checks for Other Theater Students

The first assignment is student development of three h5p knowledge checks over the learning resources found in Dr. Bernd’s Introduction to Theater course. These knowledge checks will be produced within an open, public CSU Pressbooks site called Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources. Students can choose which content they want to develop knowledge checks for, if it is a topic covered in the course. By allowing for student choice, we are implementing a constructionist approach to make the assignments more meaningful to the students. These include topics found in their open source textbook, Theatrical Worlds, information about Playhouse Square, our partner theater complex, and any presentations, articles or media Dr. Bernd includes within the course. Playhouse Square provides open content on their site at http://media.playhousesquare.org/

These H5P knowledge checks will include any of the interactive formats available on the h5p.org website. Possible knowledge checks include:

  1. Interactive video, interspersed with multiple choice questions, or hot spots linking to more information on the subject
  2. Multiple choice questions (Stand-a-lone)
  3. Fill-in-the-blank statements
  4. Drag and drop labeling exercises which will allow association of theater terminology with visual representations
  5. Memory games
  6. Audio recordings over Theater history or production
  7. Images with hot spots linking to additional information about a topic
  8. Timelines representing events relating to theater history or stages in a Theater process

Please see H5P Examples and Downloads (https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications) for the types of interactive content that can be developed with H5P. Students can use images with non-restricted usage rights to produce the H5P knowledge checks. An explanation of how to filter images found on Google based on usage rights will be explained to the students in preparation for the assignment. Students will be given the link to Playhouse Square’s media site with media they can use for their project, and be given access to open media produced by CSU for the course to use within their H5P content. Students will reflect upon knowledge gained through reading Theatrical Worlds, and build knowledge checks based on topics and information there, citing any quotes taken from the text. We will encourage a license that allows for remixing and derivatives.

Assignment 1 supports the learning objectives, “By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. explain and represent significant periods in theater history
  2. explain elements of theater production and produce study artifacts covering aspects of theater production and terminology
  3. explain and create artifacts about theater genres

Aligning open course materials include: Theatrical Worlds open source textbook (all chapters), and Playhouse Square’s Digital Press Kit.

Rubric for Assignment 1

Criteria Exemplary Performance (A-B) Satisfactory Performance (C) Needs Improvement (D) Unsatisfactory (F)
Relevance to course and value as a renewable study aid All knowledge checks test others knowledge of content presented within the course’s open resources. All interactive learning h5p artifacts build upon and support knowledge gained in the course’s open resources. One or two of the knowledge checks test others knowledge of content and topics presented within the course’s open resources. One or two of the interactive learning artifacts build upon and support knowledge gained in the course’ open resources. The knowledge checks don’t test other’s knowledge of the content presented within the course’s open resources. Interactive learning artifacts don’t incorporate knowledge of theatrical elements and history gained through reading and viewing the course’s open resources. The knowledge checks don’t test other’s knowledge of the content presented within the course’s open resources. Interactive learning artifacts don’t incorporate knowledge of theatrical elements and history gained through reading and viewing the course’s open resources.
Thoroughness of execution The student developed 3 knowledge checks and/or interactive learning artifacts within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge checks are complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student developed 2 knowledge checks and/or interactive learning artifacts within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge checks are complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student developed only 1 knowledge check and/or interactive learning artifact within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge check is complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student didn’t attempt the assignment nor make the necessary submissions within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources” nor in Blackboard Learn for grading purposes.
Grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and citation of sources. Spelling, sentence structure & citation requirements consistently met throughout response. Sources for media, pictures, text are cited within Pressbooks and the Blackboard Assignment Submission using MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). Less than 2 errors in spelling, sentence structure. Sources for media, pictures, text are cited within Pressbooks and the Blackboard Assignment Submission using MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). Numerous spelling, style & sentence structure errors. No citation of sources with Pressbooks nor Blackboard’s Assignment tool, or the citations don’t follow MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). No attempt at writing a unique learning resource was made. No original work to grade.

Rubric for Assignment 1

Criteria Exemplary Performance (A-B) Satisfactory Performance (C) Needs Improvement (D) Unsatisfactory (F)
Relevance to course and value as a renewable study aid All knowledge checks test others knowledge of content presented within the course’s open resources. All interactive learning h5p artifacts build upon and support knowledge gained in the course’s open resources. One or two of the knowledge checks test others knowledge of content and topics presented within the course’s open resources. One or two of the interactive learning artifacts build upon and support knowledge gained in the course’ open resources. The knowledge checks don’t test other’s knowledge of the content presented within the course’s open resources. Interactive learning artifacts don’t incorporate knowledge of theatrical elements and history gained through reading and viewing the course’s open resources. The knowledge checks don’t test other’s knowledge of the content presented within the course’s open resources. Interactive learning artifacts don’t incorporate knowledge of theatrical elements and history gained through reading and viewing the course’s open resources.
Thoroughness of execution The student developed 3 knowledge checks and/or interactive learning artifacts within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge checks are complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student developed 2 knowledge checks and/or interactive learning artifacts within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge checks are complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student developed only 1 knowledge check and/or interactive learning artifact within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.” The knowledge check is complete and functional. The student submitted descriptions of their knowledge checks, and attached downloads of their .h5p files for grading purposes to the Blackboard assignment tool. The student didn’t attempt the assignment nor make the necessary submissions within the Pressbooks site, “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources” nor in Blackboard Learn for grading purposes.
Grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and citation of sources. Spelling, sentence structure & citation requirements consistently met throughout response. Sources for media, pictures, text are cited within Pressbooks and the Blackboard Assignment Submission using MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). Less than 2 errors in spelling, sentence structure. Sources for media, pictures, text are cited within Pressbooks and the Blackboard Assignment Submission using MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). Numerous spelling, style & sentence structure errors. No citation of sources with Pressbooks nor Blackboard’s Assignment tool, or the citations don’t follow MLA format (see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). No attempt at writing a unique learning resource was made. No original work to grade.

The language given to the students for the assignment:

Interactive Learning Content Creation with H5P

In this assignment, you will design interactive learning content for your fellow students to study from.   These knowledge checks and presentations will have a public life on a Pressbook called Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.  You have the opportunity to build upon the open resources for Theater and teach the world what you know!

The interactive learning content can take the form of

  1. Interactive Video with Questions to test viewers’ attention, and embedded links to other sites with further information (note: you can use Youtube and Vimeo URLs, or import your own .mp4 video file).
  2. Multiple Choice Questions
  3. Fill in the Blank Questions
  4. Drag and Drop Exercises that may test knowledge of Theater terminology, associated with images that are open source and labeled for reuse
  5. Timelines
  6. Presentations of a topic

Pick topics that you enjoyed learning about to teach others!

Please see the attached Word document for more comprehensive instructions. Remember that if you can’t build the content in the Pressbook for any reason, you can still submit to this Blackboard assignment area to receive credit.

The Word Document with instructions for building the H5P interactive learning content:

In this assignment, you will design interactive learning content for your fellow students to study from. These will take the form of H5P knowledge checks. You can pick your topic of choice, but please write knowledge checks and interactive learning content relating to knowledge you’ve gained from your textbook, Theatrical Worlds, and that presented in class. You can use open resources, that permit reuse, such as images and video found on Playhouse Square’s Digital Press Kit site, or theater images provided to you through a shared Google Drive folder established for this course. Playhouse Square’s digital media for download is located at http://media.playhousesquare.org/. There are also images available through Wikimedia Commons (See: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page). Other places and ways you can search for re-usable media are suggested on Creative Commons Search page (See: https://search.creativecommons.org/). These sites include Youtube, Flickr, Pixabay, and Google Images. Google Image search allows you to filter results by Usage Rights.  To do this, you would run your search under images.google.com, select the Tools button, and then click on Usage Rights to get a drop down menu.

Google image search with Labeled for reuse with modification selected.
Finding reusable images on Google image search

Our purpose is noncommercial, so you can try any of the options listed, such as Labeled for reuse with modification, or simply Labeled for reuse.

You might also try the Getty Search Gateway (See: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=&cat=highlight&f=%22Open+Content+Images%22&rows=10&srt=a&dir=s&pg=1) for public domain photographs of theaters.

Be sure to check for actual usage rights when you locate media you want to use, and cite your sources for the media and other content. Purdue Online Writing Lab has a MLA Formatting Style Guide that will demonstrate how to properly cite your sources (See: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/). Also, please credit yourself as well as others when you create the interactive content.

Your interactive learning content can take any of the types found on h5p.org (See: https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications). Examples of content types you might create are:

  1. Interactive Video with Questions to test viewers’ attention, and embedded links to other sites with further information (note: you can use Youtube and Vimeo URLs, or import your own .mp4 video file).
  2. Multiple Choice Questions
  3. Fill in the Blank Questions
  4. Drag and Drop Exercises that may test knowledge of Theater terminology, associated with images that are open source and labeled for reuse
  5. Timelines
  6. Presentations of a topic

You’ll build these in a Pressbook called Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources, hosted by Michael Schwartz Library and then make a submission within your Blackboard course.

You will be sent soon (instructor will announce) an email with an invitation to join “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources” at http://pressbooks.ulib.csuohio.edu/theater. The email will contain a link to activate your user account and will look something like: http://pressbooks.ulib.csuohio.edu/theater/wp-activate.php?key=…..

Please click the link to activate your account as soon as possible, because the invitation expires after a few days. Occasionally, you’ll get a message that says, “This pressbooks.ulib.csuohio.edu page can’t be found.” Wait a few minutes and check your email, you should get an email with your username and password to login. If you don’t get this and have trouble logging in, please contact [insert information for your Pressbooks administrator].

Once you are in the Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources book, look for H5P Content at the bottom of the left navigation column. Click on H5P Content, then click Add new at the top of the screen. In the first text entry box, give your content a descriptive title, and pick the type of content you’d like to create. Once you select a content type, you’ll have links to a Tutorial on how to create it, and links to Examples on h5p.org.

Screen for adding a new H5P content item with drop down to select content type and links to tutorials and examples
Screen for adding new H5P content

Follow the instructions on h5p.org for your content type. When you are done, note the ID given to your H5P content. The ID number will show in the ID column under the page for All H5P Content. See the examples below.

Screen showing all H5P content created within a Pressbook, with unique ID numbers.
Screen showing all H5P content created within a Pressbook, with unique ID numbers.

Next, to receive credit for the assignment and notify your instructor that you have completed it, log into your Blackboard Learn course and submit the assignment there also. Within the Blackboard Assignment, give the H5P Content Title, Type, Date Created and ID for each interactive learning content you created in the Pressbook, Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources. An example of this type of description you will submit to Blackboard, is:

  1. Ancient Greek Theater, Interactive Video, 2017/07/17, ID=6.

If you have any questions or issues, please let your instructor know. You can also contact [insert your instructional designer contact information].

If you’re unable to build the H5P content in the Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources Pressbook site, please let your instructor know and submit your ideas via the Blackboard Assignment. So, if you planned on building a multiple choice question, write the question, possible answers and note the correct answer.

If you planned on building an interactive video, write the URL of the online video, tell me when you planned on stopping the video, and what question (with correct answer) you planned on asking, as well as any links to outside resources that lead to more information about something that was talked about in the video. Describe your idea thoroughly for full credit!

Remember to pick content you enjoyed learning and have fun creating!

Word document to add after the assignment instructions showing an example of what to submit to the learning management system:

This document is an example of the information you would submit to your Blackboard Learn Assignment area after you are done creating your H5P interactive content within the Pressbooks site called “Introduction to Theater – Learning Resources.”

H5P Content by Heather Caprette H5P ID=10

H5P Title: Lighting Design Roles

H5P Type: Multiple Choice Question:

Question:

According to Kasendra Djuren, author of the chapter on Lighting Design in Theatrical Worlds, there are three roles responsible for setting up the lighting for productions. Which role would be responsible for the physical implementation, making sure all the lighting instruments or fixtures get hung and focused correctly?

Options:

  1. The lighting designer
  2. The assistant lighting designer
  3. The master electrician (*Correct Answer)
  4. The director of the production

Feedback for selecting 1. The lighting designer:

The lighting designer is a leading role in creating the meaning and intent of a scene by painting with light. He or she pays attention to what the lights, shadows, highlights, shades, color of light and cookies are conveying in the scenes of a play. He or she works closely with the director, assistant lighting designer, and master electrician to set the queuing of the lights for a production. He or she brings the natural world to life on the stage.

Feedback for selecting 2. The assistant lighting designer:

The assistant lighting designer facilitates communication between the lighting designer and production team, as well as helps with required paperwork for a production.

Feedback for selecting 3. The master electrician:

Good job!

Feedback for selecting 4. The director: the captain of the collaborative team; the person responsible for providing a single artistic vision for a production. They guide performances so the climax is properly highlighted.

 

H5P ID=7

H5P Title: Why a performer chose her profession

Content Type: Interactive Video

Source of Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQZAIg5KfvQ, “Backstage with an Elite Ballerina (360 Video), published by the Wall Street Journal, Nov 6, 2015.

Text added at 0:00 – 0:10. “Note why she chose her profession. Was it for money, fame or passion?”

Link to The Metropolitan Opera at 1:16, http://www.metopera.org

Link to information about Gyrokinesis Exercise at 3:20, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anahita-pardiwalla/how-gyrokinesis-can-help-_b_9287172.html

MC Question at 4:23, movie paused.
Why did Sarah Lane become an elite ballerina? Select all that apply.

  1. She enjoys striving for perfection, believing that no one is perfect. (*Correct)
  2. She loves what she does and believes it is a gift to perform for others. (*Correct)
  3. She believes she’s perfect at her dance.
  4. She believes she’ll make lots of money at it.

Summary Statements, the first one is correct:

  1. Sarah Lane is always striving for perfection, believing that no one is perfect at her art.
  2. Sarah Lane believes she is the perfect ballerina.

 

H5P ID=4

H5P Content Title: Label the Structures of the Ancient Theater

H5P Content Type: Drag and Drop

Image Source: Leptis Magna, Photographer: David Gunn, 2006. See: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leptis_Magna_Theatre.jpg.

Drop Zone 1, correct element is the Text: Skene

Drop Zone 2, correct element is the Text: Orchestra

Drop Zone 3, correct element is the Text: Theatron

Drop Zone 4, correct element is the Text: Parados

Note: All Drop Zones were selected as possibilities, to be highlighted when a user grabs the text label.

 

H5P ID= 14

H5P Content Title: Ancient Greek Actors

H5P Content Type: Fill in the Blanks

Text block:

The maximum number of ancient Greek actors in a play was *3/three*.

The asterisks represent the blank and the correct possibilities are separated by the forward slash.

Links to video tutorials included with the assignment 1 instructions:

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