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Creating Assessments in a Course Area

 

You can provide tests, surveys, and assignments in content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, or folders. You can create a new test, survey, or assignment or link to an existing one.

You create assessments by pointing to Assessment in the course area’s action bar to select the type of assessment.

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You can provide relevant assessments with your teaching materials. For example, include a pre-test at the beginning of a learning module and a post-test at the end. Or, take a survey of students' background knowledge in the subject in your course orientation folder.

About Assessment Types

You can create many different types of assessments in your course areas. Include assessments alongside your other course materials to create a cohesive learning experience for students. You can create assessments in advance, making them available only as they are needed.

Assessment TypeDescription
Test You can create tests to assess student knowledge. Numerous question types are available, including Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching, Calculated, and Essay. You assign point values to the questions as you create them.

The majority of questions are auto-graded. After students submit their answers for grading, the results are recorded in the Grade Center. Students can find out their scores immediately after completing it if all questions are auto-graded and you release this information.

To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

Survey Surveys are ungraded tests. You can use surveys to poll student opinion and conduct class evaluations. Survey results are anonymous, but you can see whether a student has completed a survey and view aggregate results for each survey question. Survey creation and deployment is almost identical to test creation, except for:
  • Survey creation settings do not include options for assigning scoring defaults because survey questions are not graded.
  • When you add questions, you do not specify which answers are correct.
  • You cannot add random blocks of questions to surveys.

To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

Assignment You can use assignments to present a variety of learning activities to students which they can view and submit from one location. Students can submit assignments as:
  • Text students include on the Upload Assignment page.
  • Attached files.
  • A combination of both text and attached files.

To learn more, see Assignments.

Self and Peer Assessment The Self and Peer Assessment Building Block is designed to enhance the reflective learning skills of students. Students receive constructive feedback from their peers as well as provide it.

To learn more, see Self and Peer Assessment.

Safe Assignment The SafeAssign Building Block enables comparison of submitted assignments against a database of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. You can use SafeAssign to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students properly cite sources. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent to plagiarism and an educational tool.

You create and grade SafeAssignments and regular assignments in similar ways. However, they are completely separate tools. You cannot change an existing assignment into a SafeAssignment.

To learn more, see SafeAssign.

Creating a Test or Survey in a Course Area

You can link to an existing test or survey, or create a new one in a course area.

How to Link to an Existing Test or Survey

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Assessment to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Test or Survey.
  5. On the Create Test or Create Survey page, select an existing test or survey from the list.
  6. On the Test Options or Survey Options page, you can change the name and set the options.
  7. By default, the test is unavailable, but you can deploy the test to students by selecting Yes for Make the Link Available.
  8. Click Submit. A link to the test or survey appears in the course area.

How to Create a New Test or Survey

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Assessment to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Test or Survey.
  5. On the Create Test or Create Survey page, click Create to build a new test or survey.
  6. On the Test Information or Survey Information page, provide a name.
  7. Optionally, type Instructions and a Description. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups. Any files you upload from your computer are saved in Course Files or the Content Collection in the top-level folder. Attachments you upload using the content editor can be launched in a new window and can include alternate text to describe the attachment.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. On the Test Canvas or Survey Canvas page, point to Create Questions to access the drop-down list and begin adding questions to your test or survey.
  10. Click OK.
  11. On the Create Test or Create Survey page, select your newly created test or survey from the list.
  12. Click Submit.
  13. On the Test Options or Survey Options page, you can change the Name and provide a Description. Optionally, you can use the content editor functions to format the text and include files.
  14. By default, the test is unavailable, but you can deploy the test to students by selecting Yes for Make the Link Available.
  15. Set other test and survey options as needed.
  16. Click Submit. A link to the test or survey appears in the course area.

When you select an existing test or survey, a link to it is created in the course area. The original test or survey remains in the test tool. When you create a new test or survey, it is added to the test tool and the link is created in the course area.

If you delete a link to a test in a course area, the test remains in the test tool, and you can link to it again in another course area.

Be sure to make sure the test is deployed to students by selecting Yes for Make the Link Available on the Test Options page. To do this after the test creation process, access the test link in the course area. The link indicates if it is not available. Access the test's contextual menu and select Edit the Test Options.

Alternatively, you can create tests and surveys by accessing the Control Panel, expanding the Course Tools section and selecting Test, Surveys, and Pools. When you create tests and surveys here, you must create a link to your test in a course area to deploy it to students as described in this section.

How to Create an Assignment in a Course Area

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Assessment to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Assignment.
  5. On the Create Assignment page, type a Name. Students click this name in the course area to access the assignment.
  6. In the Instructions box, you can format the text and include images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments using the functions in the content editor. Attachments you add using the content editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.

    Tip: Be sure to remind students to attach any required files to the assignment before clicking Submit. Inform students that their assignments are not completed until they are submitted. You might also tell them that they must contact you if they submit the wrong file, forget to attach a file, or have any other problems so that you can reset the assignment attempt.
  7. Optionally, in the Assignment Files section, attach a file using Browse My ComputerBrowse Course, or Browse Content Collection. Type a Link Name. This name appears in the course area. If you do not provide one, the file name is used as the link name.
  8. Type the Points Possible.
  9. Optionally, associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric to access the drop-down list. Rubrics are a way to create criteria for evaluating student performance on assignments. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  10. Select the check box to Make the Assignment Available.
  11. Select the appropriate option for Number of Attempts. You can allow students to submit an assignment more than once, and receive comments and a grade for each submission. If you allow more than one attempt, the Grade Center uses the most recent attempt. You can select a different attempt for the score by editing the column in the Grade Center.
  12. For Limit Availability, you can set the assignment to display on a specific date and time and stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  13. Optionally, select a Due Date. Due dates are used to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods in the Grade Center. If a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late.
  14. Select Recipients. Selecting All Students Individually requires each student to submit the assignment. Selecting Groups of Students enables you to select a group to receive one assignment that they will submit for one collective grade.
  15. Click Submit. The assignment appears in the course area.

When you create a new assignment, it resides only in the course area where you created it. If you delete an assignment from a course area, it is permanently removed from the system.

video  Creating a Test (Flash movie | 3m 50s)

Getting Started With Assignments (PDF file | 19.7 MB)

Topic Information
  • Topic #: 8261-1667
  • Date Created: 5/7/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 8/15/2013
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