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Adding questions as a single resource instead of using 'test'

Our education is developed in a way that we ‘guide’ our students through a main topic. In a lesson plan, the topic is split in subtopics, using several resources and activities to guide a student.

A part of the guidance is to ask a few questions about the subtopic, not focusing on getting a perfect score on the questions, but mainly for the student to see if he understood the treated topic.

After handling the questions and feedback, the lesson plan continues to a different topic, building forward on the information already studied.


Our previous educational system supported this way of developing education, by giving the option to add a question as single element. In itslearning we’re struggling to find a right fit for what the teachers created. Using ‘tests’ in itslearning is a way to test the knowledge, but is more focused on summative testing instead of formative testing. By using the tests, students feel a pressure to perform, being afraid to make mistakes instead of using it in an informal way to learn from it.

Using the tests gives us another challenge: we cannot use open answers asking students to give a motivation on their answer, since there’s no way to give proper feedback or examples.


We would like to see the possibility to add a question to a (lesson)plan as a single resource/activity. The student gives his/her answer and immediately gets feedback. In this way, you can quickly test a student’s knowledge and give feedback in an informal way.

  • Daan de Block
  • Oct 30 2018
Country NL
Category Content creation and management
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    Henning Gjellesvik commented
    November 02, 2018 10:07

    Hi, thanks for taking the time to share your idea.

    To be honest I’ve not had this request before, and for the moment we’re not planning on supporting it. Sorry to say, but we need to put in our resources where they meet the most common demands. However, time might show that I’m wrong so let’s give your idea some time and see how many votes it get 😊

  • Jan Gijselhart commented
    November 05, 2018 05:05

    Hi Henning, in higher ed - but also in other fields - there is an increasing need to realise so called "micro learning", situational learning such as getting small tasks while in your daily work routine. This is such an example and the fuctionality that Daan describes here might just be the tool to do that! 

    Hop this will get a lot of votes!


    Regards, Jan

  • Thomas Nawrath commented
    January 09, 2019 07:18

    Hello there,

    Currently we're adding tests to our learning paths or similair ressources in order to provide a self-exam to the students. The intention is just feedback, not evaluation/marks. This feature might be very helpful for us, too.