The Eli Review Curriculum Repository makes available a range of materials that teachers can utilize in their classrooms.
Some important things to keep in mind about these materials:
- Everything is free: these materials are presented with the intention that they be taken up and put to use as widely as possible.
- Adapt and reuse: these are all presented as recommendations, but they should always be tailored to fit the unique learning needs of your students.
- Copyright: materials are free to copy, redistribute, and modify, but can’t be used commercially and must be attributed to their original authors (learn more)
- Use with or without Eli Review: these materials are all based in learning theory and writing theory, which means they’ll work regardless of technology. But using them with Eli will make teaching more effective and yield better results.
Using Individual Tasks
The framework for each set of resources will differ slightly, but each student-facing task in the curriculum materials will have a set of buttons like this:
These buttons demonstrate three options available in these resources:
Option 1 -“Use This Task in Eli”
You can click on any of these big blue buttons to launch Eli Review and load this task. Before this will work, you’ll need to have signed up for Eli and started a class of your own. If you’ve done those things, here’s what clicking a button like this will trigger:
- If you aren’t logged into Eli Review, you’l be asked to sign in.
- If you have more than one course, you’ll be asked to pick which course you want to use this task with.
If you’re already signed in, and if you only teach one course, you’ll be taken to a display where you can modify the task before assigning it to your students (see “Modifying Tasks” below).
Option 2 – “Print Task”
Clicking this button will let you print each individual task. From there, you could make copies of it to distribute to your students, which is useful if you want them to respond to that writing prompt or use a review as a rubric.
Other print options in the curriculum include a “Print Section” option, which will print all of the content in a whole section, or a “Print All” option, which will print the entire curriculum (be careful, though, because there is a lot of content in some of them!).
Option 3 – Repository Hashtags
Since these materials are already freely available inside Eli Review, finding them to use in your class is incredibly easy:
- Choose your course and create a new task (writing or review)
- Click the “Load from Repository” button
- In the “Load from Repository” display, search for the curriculum you want to work with
- Using the hashtag displayed with a task to find that specific task
- Each set of materials also has a distinct hash that will return all content (in the ACT materials, for example, just search #act to find everything)
- From the search results, find the task you want and click the “Load Task” button, or click the star to add it to your favorites
Once you’ve found the task you want in the repository, modify it however you need.
Once you’ve loaded a task from the repository, there are some changes you might want to make and others that you must make. Some of these include:
- Titles: all tasks were named by their designers and include hashtags. You can easily rename and remove those hashes if you prefer.
- Due dates – you will need to set new due dates for all tasks you load (some of the originals may be years old)
- Review materials – you will always be asked to specify what students will review as part of a task, so you’ll need to do that before you can assign the review.
- Review groups – curriculum tasks do not have a pre-defined student grouping, so you will need to arrange your students into groups how you see fit.
- Anonymity – all reviews have anonymity turned off by default, so be sure to check this option if you want to keep review feedback anonymous.
The authors of these individual materials retain ownership of them. However, all of the materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. This means you are free to copy and redistribute them in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, as long as you provide proper attribution to the author. Commercial use of this content is prohibited.
To learn more about Eli Review, consult the following resources:
- Curriculum: Eli Review Curriculum Resources Home
- User Guide: Task Repository
- User Guide: Writing Tasks
- User Guide: Review Tasks