<a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-fi.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-11257" src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-fi.jpg" alt="raptivity--fi" width="756" height="567" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n<strong>A Rapid Interactivity Building Tool For Blended Learning Classrooms<\/strong>\r\n\r\n<a title="The Definition Of Blended Learning" href="\/blended-learning-2\/the-definition-of-blended-learning\/"><strong>Blended learning<\/strong><\/a> is among the most popular of current trends in education, the most well-known incarnation of which is <a title="A Guide To Flipping Your Classroom" href="\/learning\/the-ultimate-guide-to-flipping-your-classroom\/"><strong>the flipped classroom<\/strong><\/a>.\r\n\r\nWhat makes it popular, by our estimation, is the way it makes room for both eLearning and traditional classroom learning at the same time--even accommodating <a title="12 Principles Of Mobile Learning" href="\/technology\/12-principles-of-mobile-learning\/"><strong>mobile learning<\/strong><\/a> in a pinch. Educators are not forced to jump in with both feet into costly--and often unproven--technology-drenched circumstances that may derail current existing priorities.\r\n\r\nIn a blended learning scenario, schools can--if designed properly--take advantage of all of the data analytics, immediate feedback, and adaptive and personalized learning capacity of software-guided learning, while still depending on an in-person, sentient, and experienced classroom to explain, "teach," correct, coach, redirect, and otherwise support learners.\r\n\r\n<strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The Tools Of Blended Learning<\/strong>\r\n\r\nYouTube is likely the most powerful blended learning tool there is, mainly because of its popularity and flexibility. There are billions and billions of views by default, and it can be integrated into almost any digital platform out there, from blogs to social media, smartphone apps to video games (upcoming PlayStation 4 models will be able to upload gameplay and walkthrough videos directly to YouTube with minimal fuss).\r\n\r\nYouTube is everywhere, so it's everywhere.\r\n\r\nOther blended learning tools exist as well, including learnist, moodle, the Khan Academy, and edmodo, all with niches they fill in supporting the eLearning process (these in addition to the various pure learning management systems out there as well).\r\n\r\nBut what about creating pure eLearning content? K-12 content based on Common Core Standards, higher ed coursework to supplement class lectures, or even homeschooled learners sharing content worldwide? What is there out there for them? It is in this niche that Raptivity was launched.\r\n<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/09\/YouTube-Logo-756-567.png"><img class=" wp-image-2859 aligncenter" src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/09\/YouTube-Logo-756-567.png" alt="YouTube Logo 756 567" width="454" height="340" \/><\/a><\/p>\r\n<strong style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Audience & Purpose<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe audience of Raptivity seems to be both formal educational institutions (K-12 and higher ed) and business-based organizations with the need to develop personalized training materials. The name\u00a0Raptivity comes from the combination of the terms Rapid Interactivity Builder (more on that below), but the idea here is to create quick and versatile eLearning content for a variety of purposes.\r\n\r\nAccording to Raptivity, the platform<em>\u00a0<\/em>"helps you create true learning outcomes with meaningful interactivity.\u00a0The Raptivity library of pre-built interactions is based on best practices in instructional design and allows complete customization of each interaction."\r\n\r\nWith Flash falling out of favor with almost all digital content in 2013, Raptivity has added HTML5 support as well. Additionally, Raptivity "tracks completion status, score and responses and provides this information to authoring tools for SCORM\/ AICC tracking with LMS. Anyone can use Raptivity with minimal learning and absolutely no programming."\r\n\r\n<strong>Creating Content Interactions On Raptivity<\/strong>\r\n\r\nCreating interactions is available through a downloadable program.\r\n\r\n1. To begin, you choose from available "packs," software bundles of digital assets that allow you to create specific kinds of content--a "Hangman" video game to learn academic vocabulary for example.\r\n\r\n<a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-packs-samples.jpg"><img src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-packs-samples.jpg" alt="raptivity-packs-samples" width="756" height="567" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">2. After selecting which pack you'd like to use (in the case below, the "Essentials" pack was selected), you choose from the available formats listed, including interactive diagrams, surveys, and brainteasers.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-create-interactivity-2.jpg"><img src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-create-interactivity-2.jpg" alt="raptivity-create-interactivity-2" width="756" height="567" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">3. You're now ready to start adding content--images, videos, questions, etc. You can choose the sequence of the content, while also choosing different modes, from\u00a0Exercise Mode, which offers users instant feedback, or Test Mode, which withholds feedback until after the content has been finished.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<strong>10 Available Raptivity Features<\/strong>\r\n\r\nRaptivity allows users to create web-based "interactions." These interactions can be video-based, text-based, or animation-based, and can be completely customized with questions, available responses, and other content-related concerns. It can also be branded to meet the needs of a classroom, school, or content area with an available editor.\r\n\r\n1. Create eLearning and blended learning content\r\n\r\n2. Use a pre-built library of templates and content\r\n\r\n3. Create and share eLearning templates with department, grade level, school, or district members, and then customize for your specific application\r\n\r\n<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">4. Publish eLearning content for use on the iPad using HTML5 coding<\/span>\r\n\r\n5. A variety of "packs" that support learning simulations, games, concept maps, and related multimedia. Within each "pack" are available samples to choose from as templates.\r\n\r\n<a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-essentials-samples.jpg"><img src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-essentials-samples.jpg" alt="raptivity-essentials-samples" width="756" height="567" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n6. The ability to use "visual assessment" and offer learners immediate feedback\r\n\r\n7.\u00a0Combine text-based questions with Multimedia\r\n\r\n8.\u00a0<a title="A Video Demonstrating Raptivity's Integration With Moodle" href="http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=lAPSeXto7lQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Integration with Moodle<\/strong><\/a>\r\n\r\n9. Timed assessment; open or closed-book style assessments\r\n\r\n10. Alignment with Bloom's taxonomy, Gange's "9 events," Keller's ARCS model, and Experiential Learning models and important instructional design considerations\r\n\r\n<a href="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-learning-model-integration.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-11254" src="\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/07\/raptivity-learning-model-integration.jpg" alt="raptivity-learning-model-integration" width="572" height="746" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n<strong>Customizing A Raptivity Interaction<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe video below by the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is helpful in demonstrating how to modify a Raptivity interaction.\r\n\r\n<iframe src="\/\/www.youtube-nocookie.com\/embed\/l5ljtrodxOI?rel=0" width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><\/iframe>\r\n\r\n<strong>Conclusion<\/strong>\r\n\r\nBlended learning requires more than a handful of videos, or an off-the-shelf course you district hands you (or Google finds for you).\r\n\r\nFor eLearning to truly evolve, the software that it depends on will have to become both more powerful and more flexible--simple to use, and able to accommodate almost any teacher at any grade level with any content background or specific instructional design need.\r\n\r\nRaptivity was designed to help meet this need. It's focus on both technology (HTML5, for example) and instructional design at the same time make it an important evolution of more universal (YouTube) or less robust learning management systems and blended learning tools.