Adding Worksheets to Your Lessons

A lot of course builders struggle with how to engage with their community. Online courses provide the unique opportunity for students to learn a subject in their own time in the comfort of their own home, but the lack of student-teacher interaction can be a real drawback. Email and forums are great options to keep your students involved in the process, but how can you ensure that your students are seeing this content, never mind actively involving themselves with it?

Enter our newest feature… Worksheets!

Worksheets are a great way to get your students to actively participate in the learning process directly within your courses. The best part is that they offer numerous ways for your students to provide responses, from free-form short answer and essay prompts to matrix input fields. It’s now even easier to request feedback from users or quiz them on your course content without restricting yourself to multiple choice questions (Though worksheets support those too!).

Here’s how worksheets work:

To start, you can add a worksheet to a lesson simply by going to the course you wish to add the worksheet to, clicking the Units & Lessons tab, and clicking the lesson you wish to add it to. You’ll see the Worksheets tab at the top of the page.

Click the Create New button to create a new worksheet, and a new worksheet panel will appear as will the worksheet builder below that.

Click on the worksheet panel or click the Pencil icon in the worksheet panel to edit the worksheet. Click the Eye icon to view it as a student would. Click the Trash icon to delete the entire worksheet.

Note: You can add more than one worksheet to a lesson. To switch between them while editing, simply click on the worksheet panel you wish to work on.


What Are Your Worksheet Options?

The first thing you’ll want to do is name your worksheet. Do so by entering a title into the Worksheet Title field. This will be visible to your students, so make sure that it clearly identifies the worksheet.

Next up is the Worksheet Settings. Checking this box off allows you to set whether you want to receive an email or not when a student completes this worksheet.

Below that, you’ll find the Content Builder. This is where you’ll build the bulk of the worksheet. Hover your mouse over the Add Content button to view your options. You may notice some familiar choices in the dropdown menu. Like any Zippy Courses page or lesson, worksheets support text, images, video, and audio. Use these options to design the worksheet best suited for the lesson containing it.

Below these options, you’ll find the Form Field options. These are the different ways you can ask your students to submit their answers. They include:

  • Text Field
  • Essay Field
  • Dropdown Menus
  • Checkboxes
  • Matrix Input Field

Let’s go over each option, how they work, and what they look like.

Text Field

Text Fields (or Short-Answer Fields) allow students to provide short free-form answers to questions or prompts. Enter your question or response prompt in the Prompt field, and enter placeholder text (if you want) into the Placeholder field. This will display in an empty field like the placeholder text in the Placeholder field (i.e. "Enter placeholder text for your field").

This field looks like this on the frontend:

Essay Field

The Essay Field allows students to provide longer free-form answers to a question or prompt. This field works similarly to the Text Field and also has Prompt and Placeholder options.

Here’s how your students will see it:

Dropdown

The Dropdown Field allows you, the site owner, to provide several possible answers to a question or prompt and for your students to select one as their response. Like the previous fields, it also has Prompt and Placeholder fields, as well as a new field: Options. Options are the responses that will display in the dropdown menu. Click the Add Response button to add as many response options as you like.

This field looks like this on the frontend:

Checkbox Field

The Checkbox Field also allows you to provide answer options that your students can then select from. The difference between this and the Dropdown Field is that students can choose multiple answers in a Checkbox Field (So if you want your students to only select one answer from the available options, use a Dropdown menu instead).

The Checkbox field serves as the question prompt, and the Options fields are where your answers will go. On the front end, the first three options will be listed horizontally. If you have four or more responses, the fourth, fifth, and sixth options will be listed below that. If an option is long, the text will wrap.

Here’s what your students will see:

Matrix Field

You may not be familiar with Matrix Input Fields by name, but we bet you've seen them before. Have you ever submitted feedback by clicking on a 1-5 scale? That's an example of a Matrix Input Field.

As with the other options, the Prompt field is where your question or prompt will go. Fields display the question or statement on the left side of the grid. Responses appear at the top of the grid and can contain words, numbers, or short phrases. Click Show Preview to see how your Matrix Input Field will display to students. Click Hide Preview to hide it.

Here’s an example of how a Matrix Field might look:

Keep in mind, that Matrix Fields can only accept one answer per Field.

Organizing Your Worksheet

To organize your worksheet content panels, hover your mouse over a panel and two icons will appear: a cross made of arrows and a red trash icon. Click and drag the cross to reorganize your content and place the panel somewhere else. Click the trash icon to delete the panel.

When you’re happy with your worksheet, click Save. Your worksheet will now appear on your lesson page below Downloads.

Here's an example of a complete worksheet:

Reviewing Worksheet Submissions

If you checked off the setting to have submissions for this worksheet emailed to you, you will receive an email every time the worksheet is submitted. This email will contain the information of the student who submitted it as well as their answers to your worksheet prompts. Alternatively, you can visit a student’s account page (by going to Students and locating and clicking on the student) to view all their worksheet submissions.

Your students will also have access to all of their submissions by going to the My Worksheets page, which appears in their menu after they've submitted their first worksheet.

Congratulations! You’re now set up to have more fluid interactions with your students. Worksheets allow for many possibilities, so feel free to try different things with them and see what your community responds to!