Tasks are elements within a page that learners interact with - multiple choice, matching, writing etc. Tasks replace legacy activities and assessments.
Tasks vs. Legacy activities and assessments
In legacy courses with activities and assessment, a distinct line was drawn between formative and summative assessment. With tasks, all tasks formative (non assessed) and summative (assessed) all live within the content. This can provide learners with a seamless learning experience as tasks are integrated into their course content so you can assess at any point in your course. You can use tasks with existing courses. All existing assessments and activities will be automatically removed but all content will remain. You can then add new tasks and quizzes as required. You can find out more at Switching from activities and assessments to tasks - things to think about.
There are other great things that tasks let us do. Tasks can be:
A whole range of types letting you keep learners engaged by offering different types throughout their course.
Either assessed non-assessed (and can be switched from one to the other with a simple click if required!).
Automarked or marked by a facilitator.
Reused with Copy from existing and edited throughout your course saving you time and giving you increased flexibility.
Edited once your course is live, giving you the flexibility to update as needed.
Used to create quizzes. Our new quiz builder gives greater flexibility – you can either build quizzes from scratch or create them from existing tasks.
Used as a set of variations, where learners get one variation at random.
Easily viewed in one place by learners and facilitators so that users can see what's been done and what's left to do.
We've got a bit more detail on some of these features below.
There are over 20 task types available from multiple choice, fill in the blanks, matching and much, much more. Read more about what's available in Task types.
Each time you add a task element, you'll end up with at least one task variation in that element. Task variations lets you add a number of variations to the one task element so that learners can get one of the variations at random. Read more about how this works in Task variations.
Quizzes with tasks
Quizzes are collections of tasks. You add in a quiz element, then choose to add in tasks from elsewhere or create them within the quiz. Quizzes can be themed (one question from each theme chosen at random) and you can set a time for completion and number of attempts allowed. Read more about how these work in Adding a quiz using tasks.
Some tasks allow authors to set a correct answer (multiple choice, matching etc.). Whenever a correct answer is set, the task can be automarked by the system. That way learners can immediately see what they got correct.
Other times, tasks won't have a correct answer. Some tasks will never be able to be automarked (essay, video etc.) others might technically be types that could be automarked, but the author has not specified a correct answer (e.g. fill in the blanks, with no set answer for the blank). Tasks without a correct answer become "manually marked" tasks and will have a marking template associated for facilitators to mark and possibly add feedback. Read more at Marking templates.
As an author, you can edit tasks even while their are live class activations attached to that course. When you republish, learners will automatically see the updated version. There's a bit to think about with republishing, so be sure to read Editing and republishing a tasks course if you need to make changes to tasks while classes are live.
Other articles you may find useful
Turning a legacy course into a tasks course
Switching from activities and assessments to tasks - things to think about
Adding a task to your course
Adding a quiz using tasks
How to view and mark tasks
Understanding task statuses
Active learning – Definitions