Smart Author Assessment Tools and Technology

There are several options for adding item-based assessments to a course. This type of assessment uses various question types in a number of configurations to deliver graded assessments. The item-based assessment types are:

1. Quizzes: These are typically placed at the end of modules as a comprehensive assessment of the learning objectives that students practiced. 

2. Checkpoints: These are typically smaller summative assessments placed within a module to check understanding of key concepts. (Note: Checkpoints are a legacy feature of Acrobatiq. You can use existing Checkpoints, but you cannot create new Checkpoints.)

3. Unit Tests: These are comprehensive assessments placed at the end of a unit. 


Options for the Student Experience

There are many options for configuring item-based assessments, so it's important to plan the student experience to be before you get started. There are three main configurations.

Single Forms

Use this configuration if you want to deliver only a single quiz or test attempt for your students. Here, you can author just a single set of questions. This is the most straightforward option for creating assessments. 

Multiple Parallel Forms

Use this configuration if you want students to receive different question sets on their single attempt, or to take quizzes or tests multiple times but with different questions each time. This method requires you to write multiple parallel questions against each learning objective, allowing students to retake assessments with different sets of questions each time, with questions equal in content coverage and difficulty. 

Highly Randomized Forms

Use this configuration If you want all students to receive different questions for their assessment attempts or have multiple highly randomized assessment attempts. Each student will receive a selection of questions than can be different from every other student's questions. This method requires the most planning and structure in Smart Author, but it will produce the most randomized assessments. 


Note: Consult with Acrobatiq

If you're thinking about creating assessments from scratch, please consult with your Engagement Manager to confirm the best option for your goals. The three main options are listed above, but others are also possible.