Rise 360: How to Use Sorting Activity Blocks

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Drag, drop, repeat. Learners can test their knowledge with sorting activity blocks, sorting items into categories with fun drag-and-drop interactions.

Sorting activities are ungraded, but learners see feedback as soon as they drop items onto categories. A check mark appears when an item is dropped on the correct target, then the item disappears. If learners drop an item on the wrong target, it momentarily shakes, then returns to its starting position so they can try again. Once they’re finished, they’ll see how many they got right on the first attempt.

  1. Insert a Sorting Activity Block
  2. Add and Modify Categories and Items
  3. Customize the Block Settings
  4. Accessibility

Step 1: Insert a Sorting Activity Block

  1. Open a Rise 360 course, then edit an existing lesson or create a new one.
  2. Select sorting from the blocks shortcut bar.
  3. Click the insert block icon that appears when you mouse-over a boundary between blocks.
  4. From the sidebar that appears, choose the Interactive category in the block library, then select Sorting Activity.

Step 2: Add and Modify Categories and Items

You can add up to four categories to your interaction and an unlimited number of items in each category.

  1. Hover over your sorting activity block and click the Edit button that appears.
    Modify the title of each sample category and the text of each sample item. Items can have up to 80 characters of text. Learn more about character limits.
  2. Click the Add an Item button to add more items in each category.
  3. Click the New Category button to add more categories.
  4. To delete a category or item, hover over it and click the trash icon that appears.
  5. Click Close in the upper right corner to return to your block lesson.

Step 3: Customize the Block Settings

Hover over an existing block and click the Design icon that appears on the right-hand side to customize block settings. Here, you can change padding, background options, and card color.

Tip: Add a continue block after your process block when you want learners to complete it before moving on.


Sorting Activity blocks are currently inaccessible. We recommend not using them when creating accessible content. If you do use this block, include a preceding text block that contains instructions and sets expectations, but please note that this interaction does not include status messages. Additionally, conduct testing with keyboard navigation and screen readers. If you update the background color, check contrast colors to ensure text is readable. 

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