Making Content Interactive

The benefits of infusing interactive content into your course:

The following lesson will model one way for students to interact with content. Choose Start Lesson to begin.

Start Here: Making Content Interactive

What is Interactive Content?

Learners are not passive recipients of information transmitted from a teacher.  Rather, learners are active participants in the ways they connect with the content.  For example, videos that contain questions throughout, give immediate feedback, and limit skipping to proceed is a great example of an interactive activity for students to complete. Computer animations or simulations can help student think more critically about complex topics. 

In online courses, where text (in books, articles, or on the screen) is often the primary content delivery mode, interactive content assists with making the content come alive. 

Imagine designing an online course in which one of the course modules is about the history of the Internet. 

  • You might provide a an interactive timeline of the events leading up to wide adoption of the Internet. 
  • Requiring students to annotate class notes of Internet historians and pioneers talking about their contributions in the early days of the Internet with OneNote Class Notebook.  
  • Or, students could discuss how the skills of this divergent group of people led to the Internet as we know it today using the video or audio tool within a Schoology discussion board. 

Take a look at the two columns below to review some examples and non-examples of interactive content. Proceed to the next page to tackle an "Interactive Task" after reviewing the examples.

Examples of Interactive Content

  1. Marking up text digitally
  2. Leading student through a simulation
  3. Embedded self-check opportunities throughout the content (reading, text, image, etc)
  4. Engaged in a debate or discussion
  5. Collaborating with others around the content


  1. Clicking on a website
  2. Downloading a file
  3. Reading content
  4. Watching a Video
  5. Discussions that do not prompt conversation (definitive answer or solution) 

Based on your new understanding of interactivity in an online course, which of the following are good examples of student interactions?

  • Students watch a video and answer the integrated questions throughout.
  • Students open and read a website for information.
  • Students review concepts by clicking on various "hot spots" on an infographic.
  • Students participate in a simulation.
  • Students take notes over content.
  • Students choose a stance and debate with other classmates on the discussion board.
  • Students download notes provided by the teacher.
Select all that apply.

Which of the tools below would help you create interactive content? Click on each tool to select your options.