Materia Quick-Start-Guide for Faculty

Faculty Quick-Start Guide for Materia

Log Into Materia

  1. Navigate to https://materia.ucf.edu.
  2. In the top right hand corner of the page, click Login with your UCF NID. The Materia login page will then appear.
  3. Enter your NID and NID Password to login.

Create a New Widget

The first step to using Materia in your course is to create a new widget with your own custom content. Each widget has a creator interface which allows you to easily customize it to your needs. Once created, the widget can be distributed and shared with students and other instructors.

Select a Widget to Create

Begin by logging in to Materia using the appropriate credentials, and selecting the Widget Catalog link at the top of the page.

Widget Catalog
Select Widget Catalog to view the widgets available for use.

 

The catalog page provides a list of available widgets, with search options to filter them on the left. Mousing over a widget provides an overview of their features and supported data.

Widget Catalog 2
From here, you can select a widget to create.

Selecting a widget brings you to the widget detail screen with screen shots of the widget in action, and links to demo or build your own.

Hangman Widget
The detail page gives you an overview of the selected widget.

Widget Creator Basics

Each widget has a unique creator designed specifically to help you customize the content needed for that type of widget. While the details will change from widget to widget, all creators have several universal features in common. For details on creators for specific widgets, you may find them under the Creating Widgets menu at the top of this page.

The Creator Page

Below is an example of the Hangman widget creator.

Creator Page
  1. Question importing, Publish, Preview, and Save Draft features. Note: these buttons are standard across all creators.
  2. Adding questions and content. This will be different for each individual creator.
  3. Widget title. This is standard across all creators.
  4. Widget options. These will be different for each individual creator.

Develop Questions for your Widget

In most cases, content for widgets is comprised of a question or hint, and an answer or series of answers for a given question. In this example, our Hangman widget has a question that is initially posed to the student, and an answer that is considered the correct response. Some widgets, such as Enigma or Choose your Own Adventure, can have multiple responses to each question.

Note that each creator typically has a text box in which to enter a new question, as well as a text box (or boxes) in which to enter an answer, or multiple answers. Each creator also has options to add new questions or to remove existing ones. Some widgets allow media such as images to be used to supplement or replace questions.

Import Questions

Individual questions you created for previous widgets may be imported into the creator using this feature. When selected, a pop-up dialog will open listing other questions you’ve created. Simply select any number of these and click the Import Selected button at the bottom.

Import Questions
The Import Questions pop-up allows you to use questions from previous widgets you’ve created.

Define Widget Options

Many widgets contain options in addition to the questions, answers, and media you include. These options are largely widget-specific, and are covered in the guides for each individual widget.

Preview, Drafts, and Publishing

All creators share the same options once your widget is ready to go.

  • Preview: This opens a new window and allows you to preview your widget, experiencing it as your students will.
  • Save Draft: Drafts are incomplete widgets you can return to finish later. Once a draft is saved, it will show up on your list in My Widgets Page. Select the widget and click Edit Widget to return to the creator and continue editing.
  • Publish: A published widget is completed and ready to be shared with your students. Like drafts, published widgets appear on the My Widgets page.
Publish Widget
The Publish, Preview, and Save Draft buttons help you build and edit your widget.

Add Widgets to Your Online Course

To add widgets into your online course, refer to the Using Materia in Webcourses@UCF guide.