Amber Jonker

Template Assignments

Blog Post created by Amber Jonker on May 14, 2016

Approximately 35 weeks have passed since the start of the fall semester, and in that time hundreds of new or updated questions have been added to the introductory biology, genetics, and anatomy and physiology libraries. Past newsletter updates have highlighted specific examples of new content or aspects of our content creation process.

Creating new questions is one of the core functions of the biology content team, but there are many others. For example, the content team is also responsible for matching questions from our library to specific textbooks. For each chapter of each textbook that we support, an experienced subject matter expert picks out appropriate questions from our content library. These questions are compiled into “template assignments,” which provide a convenient starting point for instructors looking to create assignments for their courses.

As our library grows, keeping track of our content becomes more challenging, but also more important. For this reason, the biology content team is engaged in a significant and ongoing effort to update the template assignments for all of our supported textbooks. After all, there’s no point in having the best content if nobody can find it!