You can add different types of activities to a template that can consist of questions and content parts. Below you will find an explanation for each type and what kind of content you can use with it.


Lesson

This is the most commonly used activity, because you can add a combination of both questions and content parts. Learners will see the correct answer right after answering the question. You can make it possible for learners to print the content parts. 

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)
Content parts


Documentation

Documentation is meant for reference materials. Learners don't have to finish this activity, so the course overview doesn't show a start button but a 'Show details' button. This kind of activity is ignored when calculating the course progress. You can make it possible for learners to print the content parts. 

Type of content
Content parts


Assignment

This is activity is for questions that all have to be answered before getting feedback at the end.

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)


Hand-in Assignment

Let learners upload files that will be assessed by an instructor or other learners. The hand-in assignment can only be used in Blended, Social and Game-based Learning templates.

You can set up the activity so learners can see each others work.

Type of content
One content part (optional as the description of the assignment)


Video hand-in assignment

The idea is the same as the hand-in assignment, but learners can record a video with their webcam and hand that in.


Assessment

For an assessment you can set a score as a threshold that will determine whether the learner has passed or failed.

By generating the assessment randomly from a set of questions, each assessment will be differently.

Turn this into a trial exam by indicating that it can be completed multiple times. Or use this as a real exam with one or more retries.

Should the exam meet the requirements of a test matrix? Add each question to the right exam term and generate the assessment randomly based on the exam terms.

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)


Inquiry

Ask the learner questions that have no right or wrong answers. This is often used as an evaluation at the end of a learning journey to ask the learners about their experience of the course.

Type of content
Content parts
Questions (type: evaluation)


360° feedback

This activity works like an inquiry. After the learner has filled in their answers, an instructor or external assessor can answer these same questions about the learner.

Type of content
Content parts
Questions (type: evaluation)


SCORM

With SCORM it is possible to use external content in a course.

Type of content
SCORM package


Certificate

You can use this activity to award learners with a certificate. You can automatically fill the certificate with the personal data of the learner and the date of issue.

Type of content
PDF


External activity

An external activity is an activity outside of aNewSpring. For example a practical exam or an external course that will be displayed through LTI.
Instructors can assess the activity for a learner afterwards with a score. Besides this, you can also display an external website by just entering the link.

Type of content
None, if the instructor only has to assess the activity.
LTI link
External link


Webinar

You can place a link to an online meeting that you have organised at join.me, GoToMeeting or Adobe Connect.

Type of content
External link to webinar tool


Event

An event activity can give learners the option to register themselves for an event. You can link multiple events, so the learners will have to choose a date.

Type of content
None


Form

Using the form activity, you can show several questions on the same page. Learners do not have to fill in the entire form at once, and can thus progress through it at their own pace. Form activities can be finished by a learner, or you can set them to require completion by an instructor. This allows an instructor to offer feedback before completing the activity. Multiple feedback rounds are possible. Want to learn more about forms? Check out our release notes: aNewRelease 83.

Type of content
Questions (type: evaluation)


Reflection

By using the reflection activity, learners can answer the same evaluation questions at different points in the learning journey. They can also review their previous answers, to reflect on their progress and development as the learning journey progresses.

Type of content
Questions (type: evaluation)


Related articles

  • Tutorial: How do I create a basic course? 
    Find instructions about adding activities to the template here.
  • General settings of activities