Practice questions are gradable, question-based activities that use questions Teachers create or link to from question banks. See Create Course Activities and refer to articles contained in the Editor Section of Pearson Connexus Support if you have questions on how to access or use these features.
This activity type is similar to assessments. Unlike assessments, students can submit, review, and retake each question one at a time.
For instant feedback, this activity should only contain automatically-graded questions.
With the activity editor:
- Use the Filter by group icon to make and/or review activity settings that apply only to specific groups (if groups have been created in the course).
- Preview the activity.
- Save changes.
- Depending on the type of activity you're editing, the Activity Editor can include up to four tabbed screens:
- Use the Activity screen to add/edit basic content that, information, and metadata about an activity that is visible/accessible to the students (e.g., activity titles, thumbnail images, introductory content, instructions, attachments students need to complete the activity).
- Use the Settings screen to configure the way you want the activity to work for the students (e.g., gradebook settings, objective mastery and badge details, visibility, access).
- The Questions screen only appears for Assessment and Practice Question (formerly Homework) activity types. Use it to create and manage questions.
- The History screen only appears when changes have been made to an activity since its creation. Use it to review changes and restore previous versions of the activity's content.
Some cards in the Activity Editors are collapsed by default; to expand them, select the arrows.
From the Course Editor, use the Activity tab to:
- Provide the assessment Title.
- Provide a Thumbnail image to represent the activity by selecting the plus sign next to the thumbnail.
- Recommended file type: PNG or JPG (Pearson Connexus converts all files into PNGs.)
- Ideal size: 400px x 400px (Pearson Connexus automatically resizes images, so uploading images smaller than 400px x 400px may reduce quality.)
- Create descriptive Content about the activity using the rich text editor. This content always appears at the top of the assessment.
- Select Add Activity Instructions to open a rich text editor to create instructions. Students can access this content by selecting a pencil icon at the top of the assessment.
- Select Add attachment to provide files for students to review before starting the assessment.
- Make a Basic, Standard, and/or Scientific calculator available to students while they complete the assessment.
- Select Add under Companion Material to add resources that students can reference while they're taking the assessment. You can only use PDF files here: you can easily convert documents and images to pdfs using both PCs and Macs (this is called "printing to pdf").
If you choose to set a Due date (not available for continuous courses), you can specify:
- The Due date and time.
- Whether you want to Allow late submissions, and if so, what the Late rule and Grace period rules are.
- The Default question score.
- Whether you want to:
- Allow save and continue for the assessment. Meaning students can start an assessment, save it, and return to it later. Without activating this option, students must finish and submit an assessment once they've started it.
- Keep random values constant for all attempts.
- Randomize response order.
Gradebook and submission
If you choose to make the activity Gradable, you can specify:
- The activity's numeric Weight in category; this number defines how much impact this activity's grade has on the final grade, relative to the other gradable activities in the same category. (Weight in category is not available in courses using Multi-Outcome Scoring.)
- The desired Score type (Points, Rubric, Percent (%), or Letter grade):
- The Grading category you want the activity to be a part of. Grading Categories allow you to apply different grade settings to groups of activities within the same course.
- The grading Period you want the activity to be a part of. Separate grading Periods allow you to divide grades by date range without building additional courses in Pearson Connexus.
- Whether you want the activity to be considered Extra credit.
In Multi-Outcome Scoring courses, Gradebook and submission allows you to align activities with Scoring objectives and requires you to use Points as the Score entry. Auto-graded activities, like assessments and practice questions, can only be aligned with one scoring objective, so you must choose it from a dropdown menu and then assign the desired number of Pts possible for that objective.
Select Choose Badge to select one or more badges that you want automatically awarded to students who successfully complete this activity.
Select Choose Objective to align the activity with one or more objectives. Objective mastery will only appear in core courses or courses that objectives have been added.
Admins can create custom Metadata fields for activities in their domain. This content is only visible to teachers, course authors, etc. and provides further insight into an activity, such as:
- An activity Description for course authors.
- An idea of how this activity fits into the goal of the course or the Big Picture.
- Essential Questions that should be answered by the activity or that students should keep in mind as they complete it.
- Any relevant Vocabulary.
- Associated Resources.
Some of the fields under Metadata ask for content that, if set up by your system admin, can be used to make an activity searchable in the Digital Library. Contact your system admin to find out if there are fields in your domain that can be used this way.
Visibility and access
With Visibility and access settings, you can choose to:
- Make the activity Visible to:
- Students, teachers and observers: This is the default setting for activities intended for students to complete.
- Teachers and observers: This setting works well for Lesson Guide materials that observers like parents, mentors, etc. need access to. A map icon appears next to these activities in the Activities pages for teachers and observers.
- Teachers only: This setting works well for Lesson Guide materials that only teachers need. A map icon appears next to these activities in the teacher Activities page.
- Check the Hide from student's table of contents box. Note that it is still accessible with course links and bookmarks unless otherwise restricted.
- Check the Block access until student completes other activity box, select Choose Activity, and select the activity or activities that you want to make access dependent on.
- Check the Require passing score if gradable for mastery box, select Choose Activity, and select the activity or activities that you want to make access dependent on.
- Check the Student must enter a password box and enter the desired Password. Students must enter this password only once to access the activity.
Advanced gradebook options
Manage Advanced gradebook options (only appears for gradable activities) like:
- Defining the minimum Passing score (%).
- The assessment's Score can be dropped from calculated course score (unavailable if the activity is marked as Extra Credit in Gradebook and submission).
- To Include this activity's score in the final grade calculation.
- To Require a passing score for course credit.
- To Treat as zero in gradebook until this activity is scored (unavailable if the activity is marked as Extra Credit in Gradebook and submission).
Advanced activity options
Manage Advanced activity options, like:
- Completion requirements. You can set the activity to Mark as completed when the student:
- Views this activity for a specified time
- Submits this activity
- Receives any score
- Receives a passing score
- If the Student must complete this activity before continuing to the next one.
- Changing the activity's folder Location using the dropdown.
- Giving the activity a new Activity ID in the field.
Use the Questions tab to create, edit, and manage assessment questions.
The History tab records changes made to the activity and allows you to retrieve previous versions of the questions, content, and rubrics:
- Select the version you want to restore.
- Preview the content.
- Select Restore.
Pearson Connexus does not itemize changes to all settings, but does track them. Users can access them by selecting the Details link that appears at the bottom of the history table.