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The course element Assessment can be used to assess participants manually. For example, learners' non-digital performances, such as oral presentations or attendance, can be assessed (using points scores) and graded (on a passed/failed basis) this way. Further, this element can be used for the assessment of course elements which are not automatically assessable.

Results of a course element Assessment can also be included in the final assessment of the entire course or a subsection of the course.



Usage: Learners' View


Depending on the configuration, the assessment data for each course element is displayed in the course view.

Possible assessment elements are:

  • Passed status: Passed / not passed
  • Score
  • Mark in numbers and words
  • Achievable score
  • Comment about assessment (by the assessor)
  • Information about assessment (to all users)
 User view example of a course element assessment
Functions for users

As a user, you can view your assessment information in a course element Assessment . Further functions are currently not available for this element type.

Automatic progress

If the course progress indicator is activated for a course, the course element will automatically be marked as completed upon the first finished attempt of the user. This process is independent of any possible assessment.

Usage: Authors' View

In the course editor

The following functions are available in the course editor:

Add a course element assessment

To integrate a course element into your course, proceed as follows:

Open the course you want to edit.

Use the pencil icon at the top of the page to open the editing mode.

Switch from the course view to the editing mode


Select a course element from the menu on the right.

Select course element


In the new window, you can define the position of the new course element within your course structure (left navigation pane). The available positions are marked with an insert icon.

To insert the new course element into an existing substructure, you need to open the substructure by clicking on the small triangle symbol next to its title. The area will open and you will again see insert icons at the positions which are available.

Click on the insert icon at the desired position within the structure. The selected area will be highlighted.

Confirm your choice with Insert course element.

Insert course element into the course tree


The element will be inserted into the course structure at the selected position.

Depending on the course element, you have to make additional configurations or add content in order to complete the configuration.

For these changes to take effect, you must publish the course. The course element will then also become available in the course view.

Configure and publish course element

General configuration settings

In the course editor, you will see the following configuration tabs for a course element Assessment :

Title and description

Course editor settings in the tab title and description

You need to enter a title for the course element. The title can comprise a maximum of 100 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear in the navigation menu of the course and also as a heading in the content area.

(warning)  If you change the title of the first course element, the new content will only be applied to the main course node and then displayed in the opened course. If you wish to edit the course title or description, you can do so using the more settings menu of the course.

SubtitleYou can enter a subtitle for the course element with a maximum of 255 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear as a tooltip in the navigation menu and - if selected and configured accordingly - as a subtitle in the content area.

Here you can describe the course element. The description will appear in the content area below the title.

Depending on the settings configured in the element Display, this additional text is displayed to the user when opening the course element. The user can expand or collapse the view of the text.


Define which information about the course element should be displayed in the course view. In addition to the content, you can optionally display the title and description. All course elements are provided with a reasonable presetting, which mostly includes the setting Title, description and content. You can adjust this setting in accordance with the options available for each course element. For an example of the different setting options, refer to the help page Displaying information about the course element.

Set link for this course element

Each course element can be accessed via fixed link addresses. Therefore, an internal and an external URL is assigned to each course element. These direct links to concrete elements can be used within courses or provided to learners. The URLs are located below the title and description of the element and will appear upon selecting Set link for this course element.  

  • External link: To refer to this course element from outside of the course or learning platform, you can use the external link and insert it, for example as a href attribute, into the desired HTML page.
  • Internal link: To set a link to another course element within the same course, you can insert the internal link as a href attribute into the desired HTML page.
IDYou will need the ID number of the course element (on the bottom right), for example, if you wish to use the expert mode in the visibility or access tab.


In the areas Visibility and Access, authors and course owners can individually determine the presentation of course elements. If no input is made in the access area, the content of a course element will by default be visible to all course participants after publishing the element. Apart from the general options listed below, additional configuration options are available depending on the course element.

The following general options are available for the configuration of visibility and access:

Course editor - Tab visibility and access

General configuration optionsDescription
Blocked for learners

If you select this checkbox, all other configuration options will disappear. The course element content is now exclusively accessible for tutors and administrators of the course.

Block access or visibility for learners
Depending on dateMark this checkbox to specify a particular access time. You can set individual dates or date ranges by filling in only one or both input fields respectively. You can also create or delete dates via the + and - buttons.

Set access or visibility rights depending on dates

Depending on group

Select this checkbox to restrict the accessibility of the course element to learning groups or learning areas. You can then select existing groups and areas or create new ones.

If you set restrictions with the configuration option "depending on group", the corresponding course element will be restricted for all non-members of the group. This includes, for example, users who have not yet confirmed the group invitation or who are on the waiting list for a group. Such users cannot yet see or access the restricted course element.

Set access or visibility rights depending on groups

Depending on assessmentHere, you will find all assessable course elements. These include, for example, the elements test, assessment, task, or structure. 

If you select the option Check for "passed", you will be able to choose a course element from the input field Course element, which the user must have passed as a prerequisite to accessing this course element. 

If you select the option Check score, you can indicate a number of points in the input field "Passing score", which have to be achieved in order to be able to access the course element.

Set access or visibility rights depending on assessments

Depending on attribute

The visibility of this option is system-dependent.

Via this option, you can set visibility or access rights according to user attributes. Only users who meet the predefined attributes will be able to see the course element or have access to its content. Multiple attributes need to be linked with an operator (AND/OR).

Different kinds of relational operators might be available depending on the selected attribute. For example:

  • "contains the value"
  • "does not contain value"
  • "has exactly the value"
  • "does not have value"
  • "starts with value"
  • "ends with value"
  • "greater than" (>)
  • "less than" (<)
  • "greater than/equals" (<=)
  • "less than/equals" (>=)

A list of all available attributes of several selected institutions can be found on the page Overview of the OPAL-Shibboleth attributes.

Set access or visibility rights depending on attributes

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutorThis option does not become visible until one of the other options has been selected. If you activate the checkbox, the same access rules which apply to users will also be valid for tutors and course administrators.

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutor

PasswordThis option is only available in the area Access and can either be applied to the whole course or a structural element of the course. Enter the desired password, which users will need to use in order to gain access to the course content, in the text field.

Set access or visibility rights depending on passwords

Display expert modeClick on the button Display expert mode to open an input field, which allows you to perform a more complex configuration according to your needs. For more detailed information about the expert mode, see the help page Publishing within Courses (Expert Mode).
Set access or visibility rights in the expert mode
Advanced configuration optionsIn the case of individual course element types, there are further attributes to configure access to editing rights for course participants.

If various restrictive single options are set, they will be linked with AND, i.e. all conditions of the single options must be met for the user to see and have access to the course element. The only exceptions are the single options Attributes. In this case, various restrictive single options can also be linked with OR. The OR linking only requires the fulfilment of one condition in order to enable visibility or access, unless other restrictive single options prevent this.

All restrictions are also automatically valid for all subordinate course elements.

Note about hiding access restrictions

If a course element is visible, but there are

  • current or future access restrictions or
  • restricted rights for the course element,

the user will be informed accordingly when accessing the course element. This information helps the user to learn more about the functions available, e.g. which functions will be available at what time and under what conditions.

If required, however, you can hide this information text (from the user) for each course element individually.

Notification message about existing access and authorisation restrictions in the course view:

Course element with notification message about authorisation restrictions


To hide this message, open the course editor and switch to the Visibility tab of the respective course element.

In the section Information if course node is visible but not accessible (max. 248 characters), remove the check mark in front of the entry Show access restrictions below the text field.

Publish your changes.

Course editor setting to hide notification message


The note will no longer be visible in the course view.

Course element without notification message about authorisation restrictions


In this tab, you can make various basic configuration settings for the assessment. These settings have an effect on the assessment form and the assessment information displayed in the course view. All available options are described in detail in the following section Special configuration settings .

MultilingualismIn this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.
Special configuration settings

The tab Assessment allows you to configure basic settings including the view of the assessment form in the assessment tool and the assessment information available for users in the course view.


Configuration view in the course editorResulting view of an assessment form in the assessment toolAssessment from the user's perspective
Configuration of the assessment form in the course editorAssessment form in the assessment toolAssessment in the course view from the user's perspective


You can set the following options:

Score granted

If you select this checkbox, you can assign points to any assessable user in the assessment form. Set a range of points:

  • Minimum score: Enter the minimum number of points course participants can reach. You cannot make this entry if you have not selected the checkbox Score granted.
  • Maximum score: Enter the maximum number of points course participants can reach. You cannot make this entry if you have not selected the checkbox Score granted.

If you do not select the checkbox, this field will not be displayed in the assessment form.

Course editor - Tab assessment - Configuration options
Mark assignedSelect the entry Yes from the list if you want to assign marks in the assessment form. If you select No, the assessment form cannot be used for grading.
Display passed/failedIf this checkbox is selected, it is possible to assign the status Passed or Failed in the assessment form.
Type of display

This choice is only available if you have selected the checkbox Display passed/failed.

Determine whether the status passed or failed will be automatically assigned when reaching a certain threshold score, or whether the tutor can manually assign points to each assessable user.

  • Automatic (using cut value): Enter a score as a cut value for passing in this field. As soon as an assessor assigns a score to a user equal to or higher than this value, the system will automatically mark the user's status as passed upon saving the assessment. If the assigned score is below the given threshold value, the system will automatically mark the status as failed.
  • Manually by tutor: If you select this option, the assessor can manually mark the status of each assessment as passed.
Individual commentIf you mark this checkbox, you can leave a comment or note on the assessment for each user. This text is displayed to the user in the right assessment box in the course view.
Notice for all users

Enter a text, which will be displayed to all users in the course view of the course element. This field is, for example, suitable for describing assessment criteria. 

The entered text will be displayed in a separate box with the title Information about assessment, regardless of whether or not an assessment already exists.

Notice for tutors

Enter a text, which will be displayed to the assessor when conducting the assessment of a course participant. This text will be displayed in a separate box with the title Information on assessment, which can be found directly above the assessment form in the assessment tool. 

Use certificatesDepending on the system and course configuration, it is possible to create a certificate for a course element Assessment, provided that the user has been assigned the status Passed for this course element. For more detailed information, refer to the section Assessment>Certificates.Course editor - Tab assessment - Configure certificates
Peer ReviewFor a course element Task, the option Activate Peer Review is additionally available. The peer review enables participants to anonymously review each other. An overall rating is created based on those reviews. For more detailed information on the peer review process and the configuration options, refer to the section Assessment>Peer review.Course editor - Tab assessment - Configure peer review

Publish your course to complete the configuration and to make the resource available to participants.  

For general information on the assessment, assessment tool, and use of performance results, refer to the section Assessments.

Learning paths and associated activities

Depending on the learner's result, the course element Assessment can influence the visibility of and access to other course elements. Adaptive - as well as performance-based - learning paths are thus possible.

Please note

To be able to assess users in the assessment tool, they must be enrolled in a group. While the course element Enrolment can be used for this purpose, you can also register users for a course internal group via the Group management.

In the course view

In the course view of an assessment element, authors have access to the following editing options:

Submit assessment for a user
  1. To perform assessments for this course element, switch to the assessment tool of the course.
Open assessment tool 

2. Use one of the provided navigation aids (group, course structure, or user) to get to the desired course element and thus to the assessment form of a user.

To perform assessments for a course element, proceed as follows:

  1. Go to the assessment tool. In the upper left pane, you will find the entries As per group , As per course structure , and As per user . Click on As per course structure .
  2. It opens a list with all assessable course elements. Select the link Select participants next to the course element Assessment .
  3. You can see an overview of all groups or users to which you can assign an assessment for the selected course element. Continue navigating until you get to the assessment form of an individual user.

    You can only see users who are enrolled in a group of the course.

3. Fill in the assessment form and confirm the assessment with Save

 Opened assessment form in the assessment tool

If you want to assess multiple users, the assessment tool provides the advanced function Bulk assessment . For further information on this function, see the page Assessment tool.

If you also want to allow other users to perform assessments, you can do so by means of a right group with the right to the assessment tool.