Materia Quick Start Guide

In this quick start guide, you will learn how to create, configure, and publish widgets.

Add Widgets to an Online Course

Once a widget has been created, you can incorporate it into your online course as a graded assignment or study tool.

Create a New Widget

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

  1. Login to Materia using your NID and NID password.
  2. Click the Widget Catalog link at the top of the page.
  3. Materia Menu

  4. The Widget Catalog provides a list of available widgets with filter options on the left. Mousing over a widget provides an overview of its features and supported data.
  5. Widget Catalog

  6. Select a widget to create to navigate to the widget detail page..
  7. The widget detail page gives you an overview of the selected widget. You can play a demo of the widget or create your own.
  8. Widget Details

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.

The Creator Page

Below is an example of the Hangman widget creator.

Widget Creator Page

  1. Publish, Preview, and Save Draft features: These buttons are standard across all creators.
  2. Widget 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

Define Widget Options

Many widgets contain options in addition to the questions, answers, and media. 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 complete.

  • 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