At the start of some articles we sometimes indicate that the article is relevant depending on whether you are using tasks or legacy courses. There may be two versions of the article and to make sure you get the right information you need to know if you are working with a legacy or task course. For many of our articles it won't matter so unless you see a specific reference at the top read on.

What's the difference between legacy and tasks?

In short a task course has all tasks ( assessed and non-assessed) in line, and provides a much wider variety of assessment options.

In a legacy course there are three main types of assessment which need to be marked by facilitators. Open response, file upload and video. You can read more in detail about these type here in our article An overview of assessment types.

Legacy courses also have also auto-marked quizzes which need to be created by with a spreadsheet which you can read more about here.

There are also four types of non-assessed activity types currently available for legacy courses. They are multiple choice, open response, fill in the blanks (cloze) and submit task activities. You can read further detail about activities here in our article How to create an activity.


Unlike in a legacy course, tasks (assessed and not assessed and quizzes) are in-line, i.e. they’re added within the course content, not in their own sections. There are over 20 task types available from multiple choice, fill in the blanks, matching and much more. We also have a Task variations feature, where authors can add variations to a task so learners get allocated one of those variations at random when they first visit the page. Tasks can be reused and edited throughout your course saving you time and giving you increased flexibility. You can read more about each of the different task options in in our Task types article. Unlike legacy assessments with tasks you can choose to have them auto marked or marked by a facilitator. Our article An introduction to tasks explains these features more in depth.

How can I tell which I'm in? - Authors 

Task course
You can check the Use new Tasks toggle on the main build menu. It will be set to YES in a task course.

Legacy course
The Use new Tasks toggle will be set to NO. You will also see that you have Assessment items and Assessment description in your build menu.

How can I tell which I'm in? - Facilitators and coaches

In legacy courses you will generally see an Assessment button on the side navigation menu. Where legacy courses have no assessment the absence of a Tasks button is another indicator that you are in a legacy course.

For tasks courses you will always see a Tasks button on the side menu.

Other articles you may find useful:
Introducing tasks
Legacy activities and assessment

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