Quickstart guide/Pedagogical templates

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Introduction

Pedagogical templates are used when authoring teaching content in WikiEducator. A number of templates are predesigned to save you time with more complex layouts required of instructional materials. They include a range of "instructional devices" (iDevices) or subelements of a content page and are usually signified by an icon. For example:



Icon objectives.jpg

Objectives

After reading this subsection, you will

  • see the list of pedagogical templates used in WikiEducator
  • be able to insert an instruction device using the Template syntax
  • review the list of template names
  • identify an error in the syntax


To understand Pedagogical templates see the Pedagogical Template tutorial

Wiki syntax for iDevice templates

A template is called using a predefined label and the text for your iDevice separated by "|" and all enclosed between two "{{ }}" braces. For example, the following syntax will be used for a Self-assessment question:

{{Preknowledge|Think about a situation when you ....type the rest of your preknowlege text here}} .


The example above will render as follows:


Icon preknowledge.gif

Preknowledge

Think about a situation when you ....type the rest of your preknowlege text here


When an iDevice directly follows a section

The default margins of the iDevice templates are being changed as of January 2, 2008 so that the templates are easier to work with. For most cases all that will be necessary is a carriage return before and after the template for the spacing to look reasonable. However, if you have a template directly after a section heading (see below) you will need to add a <br/> after the section heading instead of a carriage return or modifiy the TopMargin by adding |TopMargin=10px inside the call to the iDevice template so that the spacing looks reasonable.

In the example below we create an Objectives template directly after a section heading using,

====A Template Follows This Section====
<br/>
{{Objectives|Describe how manual intervention is necessary when an iDevice template follows a section heading}}

which looks like:

A Template Follows This Section



Icon objectives.jpg

Objectives

Describe how manual intervention is necessary when an iDevice template follows a section heading


Templates available

The table below lists the templates and corresponding syntax which you can use on WikiEducator.

Templates and corresponding icons
Icon Label Syntax to use
Icon activity.jpg Activity {{Activity|Enter your text here}}
Icon activity.jpg Portfolio Activity {{Portfolio_activity|Enter your text here}}
Icon activity.jpg Extension exercise {{Extension_exercise|Enter your text here}}
Icon assess.gif Assignment {{Assignment|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Question {{Question|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Questions {{Questions|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Did you know? {{Did_you_know|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Did you notice? {{Did_you_notice|Enter your text here}}
Icon define.gif Definition {{Definition|Enter your text here}}
Icon define.gif Definitions {{Definitions|Enter your text here}}
Icon discussion.gif Discussion {{Discussion|Enter your text here}}
Icon discussion.gif Tell us a story {{Tell_us_a_story|Enter your text here}}
Icon casestudy.gif Case study {{Case_study|Enter your text here}}
Icon casestudy.gif Example {{Example|Enter your text here}}
Icon objectives.jpg Objective {{Objective|Enter your text here}}
Icon objectives.jpg Objectives {{Objectives|Enter your text here}}
Icon objectives.jpg Outcomes {{Outcomes|Enter your text here}}
Icon key points.gif Key points {{Key_points|Enter your text here}}
Icon multimedia.gif Media required {{Media required|Enter your text here}}
Icon multimedia.gif Media {{Media|Enter your text here}}
Icon reading.jpg Reading {{Reading|Enter your text here}}
Icon review.gif Competency {{Competency|Enter your text here}}
Icon review.gif Competencies {{Competencies|Enter your text here}}
Icon summary.gif Summary {{Summary|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Self assessment {{Self_assessment|Enter your text here}}
Icon qmark.gif Assessment {{Assessment|Enter your text here}}
Icon reflection.gif Reflection {{Reflection|Enter your text here}}
Icon preknowledge.gif Preknowledge {{Preknowledge|Enter your text here}}
Icon inter.gif Web Resources {{Web_resources|Enter your text here}}


Click here to download a Pedagogical Template Cheatsheet





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Definition

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