In this article you will learn:
Why Do We Call Assessments Feedback?
To have a meaningful and rewarding learning experience, feedback is essential. That's why Practera's assessments are conceptualised primarily as opportunities to get feedback rather than knowledge checks. The feedback learners receive can be automated (for instance, pre-set explanations in response to correct and incorrect quiz responses) or personalised, given by an expert, a peer, or even the learner themselves, as they reflect on their progress and performance.
To highlight the importance of feedback in experiential learning, we chose to refer to assessments as feedback on the Practera platform.
Accessing and Navigating Assessment Editor Page
Now that you are familiar with Practera's concept of feedback, it's time to take a look at the assessment editor page, which you will be using to configure new assessments or modify and update existing ones.
Once you have landed on the assessment editor page, please note that it opens inside the larger activity editor screen, so be careful when using exit and delete buttons.
The assessment editor page consists of three sections:
Title and visibility settings at the top
General assessment settings on the left
Main assessment editor on the right
Let's now go through the actions you can perform in the assessment editor, section by section.
This is a brief summary of what you can do to configure assessments for your experience.
The Title Section of the Assessment Editor
Change assessment title by clicking on it
Set up locking and hiding (please note that you cannot adjust learner/expert visibility preferences at the activity task level, which means that all instructions and assessments you create under a certain activity will follow the visibility settings for that activity)
Go back to the activity editor screen by clicking on the grey "x" button
The General Settings Section of the Assessment Editor
Select assessment type (if would like to find out more about different assessment types you can choose from, head over to the "Selecting Assessment Types" article)
Specify assessment due date if required (more on this in the Scheduling Due Dates article)
Configure other assessment-specific settings, such as whether you would like the submissions to be made by teams or individuals, which experience user will act as a reviewer, and whether reviewers are assigned manually or automatically for moderated assessments
The Main Editing Section of the Assessment Editor
Write or edit assessment description (and, for moderated assessments, provide review instructions)
Add question groups and individual questions by clicking on "+ New Group" and "+ New Question", respectively
Add and edit question group description and edit question group name by clicking on the relevant text fields
Edit question text by clicking on it
Edit individual questions by clicking on the edit icon across from question text (you can choose among multiple-choice, text, checkbox, file and video upload question types to suit your needs)
Reorder question groups by clicking on the up/down arrow icons (which is exactly what you can do with activity groups on the main Design page)
Reorder questions within a single group by dragging them up and down
Delete question groups and questions
Why am I unable to edit my assessment?
If you find yourself unable to make changes to the assessment you have set up, this is most likely because a Learner or Expert has started or made a submission already. To be able to edit the Assessment you will want to delete this submission to be able to proceed. Have a read of the article "Deleting Submissions" for full details.
Now you know how to create and edit assessments in your learning experience! Continue on your journey to becoming a Practera power user and check out the rest of the articles in this collection.