The XpressLab Library is used to store and organize content and resources created in XpressLab. The activities and courses you create can be exported to the Library at any time. Exporting an activity or course to the Library is a great way to save and reuse previously created content in future courses or assignments.
Export a Course
To export a course to the XpressLab Library, access the My Course List by clicking the Courses link found within the main navigation bar at the top of your screen.
Use the My Course List to locate the course to which to export. Then, click the Export Course icon located to the right of the Course Access Key column of the My Course List. Select the Export to Library option.
Selecting Export to Library opens the Resource Catalogue Form. Complete this form and select the red Publish to Library button.
Export an Activity
To export an activity to the XpressLab Library, access the Activity List, located on the Course tab found on the left side of the Course Dashboard page. Note: To access the Course Dashboard, click on a course name from within the My Course List.
Use the Activity List to select the checkbox to the left of the activity you wish to export. Then, click the Export to Library icon located to the right of the red New Activity + button, found at the top of the Activity List. Note: Only one (1) activity may be exported to the Library at a time.
Selecting the Export to Library icon opens the Resource Catalogue Form. Complete this form and select the red Publish to Library button.
Cataloging Courses and Activities
Cataloging a course or activity is required prior to exporting the resource to the XpressLab Library. The catalogue information entered here will be used to help locate your resource within the Library. Complete the Catalogue form by entering the information detailed below.
Enter the name of your resource here. Be sure to use a name that is relevant and concise.
Select the subject of your course/activity using the drop down list of options (Examples: French, English, Science, History, etc.).
Select the target language of the course/activity using the drop down list of options.
Select the appropriate grade level targeted by the course using the drop down list of options.
Select the estimated length of time students will require in order to complete the activity/course using the drop down list of options.
Keywords are used to improve searching functionality within the Library, and choosing good keywords to represent your resource is important. Enter the best keywords for your course/activity in the Keywords field. Use commas to separate each keyword. Below are some tips to help you enter the best keywords for your resource:
- Enter a Course Code if your resource relates to a specific course that has its own unique Course Code. Note: A Course Code is an optional code and is not the same as the Course Access Key.
- Include any descriptive terms that relate directly to the course/activity, such as: leisure activities, past tense, the verbs 'faire' and 'jouer'.
The description entered on the Resource Catalogue Form is used to help provide a brief overview of what the resource contains when XpressLab users are searching for resources within the Library. Below are examples of effective descriptions:
- "This course contains master activities for ENG1P. The activities found in this course target: listening comprehension, reading, and interview skills including an interview simulation".
- "This activity targets vocabulary recognition and pronunciation for a unit on clothing. It reviews the verb 'porter' in the present tense".
There are three levels of sharing permissions that are used to determine which audiences are able to search for and view your resource within the Library. You may select one of the following Sharing options:
- Share this item within my school/school board: Selecting this option will ensure that only the XpressLab users that belong to your school or District School Board are able to search for, view, and import your resources from the Library.
- Keep this item in my private library: This is the most restricted audience sharing option. Select this option if you are exporting a master course or activity. Resource shared to your private Library can only be accessed by you.
- Share this item with all XpressLab users: Selecting this Sharing option provides support to the entire teacher community using the XpressLab platform. Resources shared globally can be access by all users with an XpressLab Teacher account.
Click the Publish to Library button when you have completed the Catalogue form.