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Assessment Tools

Automated - Automatic release of score/grade on completion

Tool Formative/Summative Features



Self-assessment: this is a third party tool and currently does not pass scores back to Brightspace. 

  • Arithmetic Quiz
  • Dictation exercise
  • Drag and Drop
  • Video Branching Scenario
  • MCQ
  • True / False
  • Image Pairing
Brightspace Quiz Formative and Summative

Quizzes are often thought to only be useful for quick knowledge checks, however different question types allow you to test different levels of knowledge. They can align to Bloom’s Taxonomy:


  • True / False
    This is one of the more basic question types, aligned with Level 1 of the Bloom's Taxonomy - remember i.e. The world is round - True or False.
  • Multiple Choice
    This is a fairly versatile question type, and aligns with a couple of different levels in the Bloom's Taxonomy; remember, understand, analyse and apply.

    Remember/Understand: Identify a grouping of items.

    Analyse/Apply: Ask learners to apply a concept in a scenario. i.e. Which of the following approaches would you use when dealing with difficult employee?
  • Multi-Select
    M-S questions test a learner's ability to remember and understand, although it can be used in the upper levels of the Bloom's taxonomy as well to test learner ability to analyse or evaluate.

    Remember/Understand: Identify and group items i.e. Which of these are parts of the spine?

    Analyse/Evaluate: If a patient came in complaining of back pain, which of the options below would be done by a nurse, and not a doctor?
  • Short Answer
    Short answer questions allow learners to type in answers that can be graded using 'regular expression opens in new window', but are usually used to test lower levels of understanding like remember and understand.
  • Fill in the Blank
    These questions are also used to test lower levels of the taxonomy, focusing on skills like remember, understand and apply.

    Remember/Understand: Fill in a step in a process that needs to be memorized.

    Apply: Conjugate a verb in a sentence, or on a more general level, talk about results of actions i.e. too much salt in diet creates X?
    • Matching/Ordering
      Both these question types help practice application and evaluation skills, although they are also great question types where you can insert images into the question text area to provide more context.

      Matching: Looking at the scene, match each aspect to it's risk factor. Ordering: Order each step in the process chronologically (application)
Bongo Video Assignment Formative and Summative

Video assessment tools can help you develop your communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

  • Interactive Video MCQs Multiple choice questions prompted by the topic in the video.


Partial Automation - Automatic release of some scores/grades on completion with added manual intervention

Tool Formative/Summative Features

Brightspace Quiz

Formative and Summative

As above auto-grading with manual intervention of:

  • Long Answer/Written Response
    These question types are best at the higher ends of the taxonomy, and can help test a learner's ability to apply, analyse, evaluate, and create.

    Analyse/Evaluate: In X scenario, what steps would you go through to resolve the conflict and why? Pro Tip: If it's a really long answer that requires referencing etc, maybe consider using assignments instead.

    Create: Use written response questions to give learners the opportunity to reflect on their own behaviour, give their own opinion, or formulate an unguided answer.

No Automation - manual marking and grade release

Tool Formative/Summative Features

Brightspace Assignments

Formative and Summative
  • File submission
    • Typed reply
Brightspace Discussion Fora Formative and Summative
  • Discussion posts
Brightspace Portfolio Formative and Summative
  • Submission of a collection of reflective comments and artefacts
Bongo Video Assignment Formative and Summative

Video assessment tools can help you develop your communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

  • Individual Project (Including Peer Review)
    Individual Project is a great way to practice presentations and demonstrate skills by recording a video voice-over Powerpoint style presentation.

    Auto Analysis is an automated reporting feature that provides deeper insight into an individual’s performance and progress. By generating metrics like rate of speech, speech clarity, and use of filler words, Auto Analysis gives the presenter a better sense of what to focus on and helps the evaluator provide more targeted feedback.
  • Question and Answer (Including Peer Review)
    Completing a Q&A will help the student think critically on their feet and test their knowledge of a subject. They are presented with prompts and given a set amount of time to respond. They will only have one opportunity to answer each prompt, replicating the high-stakes environment of being asked questions in a face-to-face setting.
  • Group Project (Peer Review and Group Evaluation)
    Completing a Group Project is a great way to build students’ time management and collaboration skills. This tool allows students to create their own Virtual Classroom sessions to collaborate in their time.
  • Interactive Video MCQs (Including Peer Review)
    Multiple choice questions prompted by the topic in the video. Allows video response from student in answers.