The following table outlines various assessment needs, and presents options for tools and technologies available with links to related resources.

Assessment Need


Collect assessments online


If you and/or your students can’t come to campus to submit their work, consider using the Assignment Dropbox in Brightspace. All submissions are date stamped and students automatically receive confirmation of their submission for their records. You can download the assignments to mark offline and return with feedback. Or you can use the online annotation grading tool that allows you to mark up and provide feedback on submitted work. Read more information about this feature, or contact CITL for help.

Release restrictions - There are a number of parameters you can set for your assignment submission folder. E.g. Place timelines for availability; align access with the completion of other work in the course; or release to specific users. Contact our Support Centre for more information.

Video Assignments

If students are required to demonstrate competency through an oral exam or demonstration, they can record a short video. It’s important to provide explicit instructions on what you expect as a suitable submission. The Video Assignment tool is a feature of Online Rooms that is available within Brightspace, and allows the creation of videos without any specialized software. Read more information about Video Assignment.

Non-invigilated Quizzes

If you offer paper-based quizzes in class, you can offer them remotely using the Quiz tool within Brightspace. The tool allows variety in question format including multiple choice, matching, long and short answer. You can also choose to randomize questions and answers to create variety in the online assessment. If your course textbook comes with electronic publisher resources such as a test bank, you can also import these and use them to build your quizzes.

Similar to an assignment, the quiz can be set-up with time and access restrictions, which will require your students to complete them within a prescribed period of time or date range. Read more information about the Quiz tool, or contact CITL for help.

Group Work


Similar to hosting a synchronous session with your students, you can provide students with presenter privileges in Online Rooms so they can host planned presentations with the class. You can use the Survey tool within Brightspace to solicit immediate feedback from participants on the presentation, as you would in class.

Groups and Discussions

Brightspace allows you to set up groups, as well as private discussion areas and group assignment dropboxes. Learn more about how to manage groups in Brightspace.

Alternate forms of assessment


Our instructional designers and educational developers can offer insight about alternate forms of assessment if you are teaching remotely. By reviewing your planned face-to-face assessment, we can provide guidance on other ways to achieve your assessment goal.

Contact our Support Centre to request a consultation on assessment strategies. This Faculty Focus article may also provide some insightful suggestions for consideration.


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