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OpenOLAT allows the implementation of various performance and achievement controls. Beside the course elements designed for knowledge transfer or collaboration, there are a number of course elements with the sole purpose of performance control and assessment. These are again subdivided into two types: there those with a formative character, best suited to be used collaterally in a course or semester, such as the task, the portfolio task or the checklist. On the other hand are the tests, selectively used for primarily summative assessment.

In this chapter you will learn what the assessment mode is and where to find it, which course elements can be used for assessing course participants, and how best to use the coaching tool. Information on how the assessment mode affects a students access to OpenOLAT can be found under "Exams".


A number of course elements can be used either for summative or formative assessment, or serves as performance control tool. The following course elements can be viewed and assessed in the assessment tool:

  • Task (manual assessment)
  • Portfolio task (manual assessment)
  • Assessment (manual assessment)
  • LTI (automatic assessment, transferred from LTI page)
  • SCORM (automatic assessment, transferred from SCORM module)
  • Test (automatic & manual assessment)

More information on the creation and use of the task, the portfolio task and the test can be found in their respectice chapters. In addition to that, In addtion to that, the chapter "Creating tests and questionnaires" offers further information on how to create and use self-tests and questionnaires. The chapter "Question bank" deals with the compilation of test items for tests and questionnaires, available in the question bank for collaborative use and editing. You can easily create tests and questionnaires from scratch from within the question bank.

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