All properties sheets contain three tabs:
- The Basic tab controls the content of the activity.
- The Advanced tab controls how the activity behaves.
- The Instructions tab allows authors to comment on the activity itself.
The Scribe Activity should always used in conjunction with another activity that gives it context. For instance, if used with Chat, then the Scribe (one particular learner) is expected to collect or summarise the output of the Chat discussion into a succinct set of sentences. Once the scribe has done this, they publish the summary to the rest of the learners who vote whether they agree with the summary as proposed by the scribe. If not, they can ask the scribe to modify the report until all learners agree on the report.
Once the Scribe submits the report, the other learners in the group or class can agree or disagree with the summary. The scribe can finished the scribe task at any time regardless of the number of learners that have agreed with the proposed summaries. The Scribe task can also be finished through the monitoring environment by a teacher or instructor.
As soon as the scribe task is finished a report of the statements and summary is presented to all learners.
There are two features on the basic tab common to all activities:
The Basic Tab for the Scribe Activity allows you to specify a title for the activity, give learners a set of instructions for completing the activity, and specify Scribe Headings for the Scribe to make entries for.
Authors set the scribe with a number of statements that Learners are to consider. There can be one or many statements.
When the learners reach the activity in the sequence, usually as part of a combined tool, the upper part of the screen will display the paired activity, either a Chat or Forum, and at the bottom will be the Scribe tool.
All Learners can view the Scribe Headings, but only one, the Scribe, is presented with a text entry area that allows them to write the summary.
It allows the Author to create specific instructions for the activity, as well as upload files that may be useful for running the activity (ie: support documents, etc.). It is a resource that can be used by teachers who are running the sequence for their learners. (In the Monitoring Environment, the Instructions for an Activity can be viewed by double clicking the activity on the Sequence tab and then selecting the Instructions tab.
The instructions can be retrieved by other authors who open the activity, or by monitors running the sequence.
There are two types of Instruction possible, Offline and Online, depending on the mode that the teacher wishes to run the activity. The feature is useful for teachers who are sharing sequences with their colleagues as it provides an area where the Author can describe any learning objectives and/or the specific purpose of the activity.
At this time, there are no output conditions for the Scribe activity.