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Types of Assessment

How to use the range of assessment types available for formative and summative activities within your Learn course.

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From the beginning of the 23/24 academic year, all new courses will be delivered using an updated Learn interface. In order to ensure that users can access support materials for current and previous year courses we have kept old support materials on Edweb pages and created a new Sharepoint Learn site full of useful resources for the new interface.

For Learn resources for current courses, please visit the Learn Sharepoint (University of Edinburgh users only).

Here you can access the most up-to-date information such as:

  • Good practice guidance
  • Training and support resources 
  • How to guides

To access support material for older courses please use the pages below as usual.



Below is a summary of the different assessment options. If you are still unsure about what assessment tools you would like to utilise in our course you can check out our webpages on, "Choosing Online Assessment".

Assignments and Coursework

Learn Assignments can be used to submit written text directly into submission, or students can upload a file as their submission. Learn accept most common file types such as MS Word, PDF, MS PowerPoint, and many image formats.

It is also possible to submit your work stored in Media Hopper as an assignment.

If your school uses Turnitin to manage your assignments, this tool is seamlessly integrated from within your Learn course.

Blackboard Help | Assignments

Online Tests & Surveys

It is possible to create tests and quizzes within your Learn course. There is a wide variety of question types available within Learn, the most common being MCQ in a variety of formats. These questions can be automatically marked which makes these quizzes ideal for formative assessment where feedback can be delivered automatically.

Blackboard Help | Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Video Assignments : Media Hopper Create

The option to create an assignment drop box within Learn for students to submit their media content from their Media Hopper Create account for feedback and assessment.  

Group Submissions

When you need groups of students to work collaboratively to produce a piece of coursework it is possible to create a Group Assignment where a group can submit a single piece of work and receive the same grade across the group.

Blackboard Help | Group Assignments

Peer Assessment

There are a number of tools available to support a variety of peer assessment, evaluation, and feedback within Learn. More information can be found on the different tools:

Similarity checking

Turnitin is available within the University to provide a Similarity Report into a marking and feedback interface. Turnitin is integrated into Learn to allow for students to submit their work from within a course as well as get access to marks and feedback when they are released. 

Marking, Grades, and Feedback

Grade Centre

The Grade Centre within Learn is the central management area within each course that can be used to provide marking and feedback for any assessed activity within the course. The management tools within the Grade Centre makes it easy to track submissions and release marks to the students.

Blackboard Help | The Grade Centre

Turnitin Marking and Feedback Interface

Turnitin is also fully integrated into the Learn Grade Centre to allow for marking and feedback to be compiled within the Feedback Studio with the marking and comments synchronised into the Learn Grade Centre.