Tribal Habits has four manually assessable building blocks which can be used throughout any topic or article.
Event. The Event element tracks attendance at events (workshops, webinars). The assessor has an option to assess the explorer's activity at that event. The event may have some practical assessment or other components which are assessed offline. So the assessor can both confirm attendance and separately provide an assessed result.
Task. The Task element tracks the completion of a specified task by the explorer. The explorer is given instructions and indicates when the task is complete. An assessor can grade their work, including a score and comment. Tasks are typically for offline or practical assessments which can be observed by the assessor.
Upload. The Upload element tracks uploaded files by explorers. The assessor can then view the file and, once again, provide a grade, score and comments. The Upload element accepts videos, images, files and other types of uploads.
Q&A. The Q&A element tracks written responses by explorers to a question. These can be short sentences up to complex, long essays. The assessor can review responses and grade, score and comment.
In combination, these building blocks allow for a wide range of complex assessments which can be reviewed and graded by creators or assessors. You can click on the links above to learn more about the settings for each building block.
In this article, we will provide a more general overview of the manual assessment process. Topics in Tribal Habits can also have graded online assessments (quizzes) which you can learn about in this article.
How does a building block become assessable?
Each event, task, upload and Q&A have a similar group of settings that creators can use to determine if a particular building block should be assessed.
First, creators can set the requirements for explorers.
Is the building block compulsory? Each building block will have an option similar to 'The explorer must upload/complete/answer/attend this item'. If this option is checked, then it becomes a compulsory interaction. If left unchecked, it is optional.
Is the building block assessable? Each building block will also have an option similar to 'An assessor must grade the explorer's upload/completion/answer/attendance'. If this option is checked, then the building block becomes assessable (this enabled the grading, score and comment options).
Second - and importantly - there are options to control the explorer's progress based on the completion of either/both of the selected requirements.
Does the explorer have to complete the selected requirements to progress to the next section? If checked, this option will stop the explorer progressing unit they have met the selected requirements.
For example, if the building block is assessable, then this option would prevent the explorer from continuing until they had received a pass grade on that building block.
This is an important option - it determines whether the explorer has to wait until passing before they can proceed.
This may be important if the next section has content that should not be viewed until the building block is passed.
Equally, it may be important to uncheck this option if the assessment may take some time and the explorer needs to be able to complete other parts of the topic or article in the meantime.
Does the explorer have to complete the selected requirements to complete the entire topic or article? If checked, then the topic or article will not be able to be set to complete until the requirements are met.
For example, if the building block is assessable, then this option would prevent the explorer from attaining a completed status until they had received a pass grade on that building block.
This is also an important option - it determines whether a pass grade is a requirement for completion.
The combination of these two progression options allows creators to carefully determine how an explorer moves through a topic.
How is a building block assessed?
Creators and Assessors can access a topic or article and see an Assess menu item on the top right of the creator view. This menu has tabs to assess each of the four assessable building blocks.
When viewing one of the four assess tabs, Creators and Assessors will see contributions from explorers - Q&A responses, uploaded files and so on. Explorer contributions can be filtered by their completion status, result status and by selected custom fields which are visible to assessors.
Explorer contributions are shown by 'most recent first'.
How are explorer contributions assessed?
Each building block has a largely similar assessment process.
First, there is a dropdown menu to select one of the building blocks by their label or title. To assist with assessment, additional information will then be shown - such as the task instructions or event information.
Second, creators and assessors can then review explorer activity in the selected building block. They can grade each explorer (pending, pass or fail). The selection is instant - there is no save button - allowing for rapid assessments.
Optionally, the assessor can enter a score and any comments. Comments can be particularly useful for a 'fail' grade, to provide the explorer with feedback to resubmit.
If the assessment process was preventing an explorer from completing a topic, then when all assessable building blocks are in the pass grade, the explorer's enrolment will be set to complete automatically (the explorer will not need to log back in to trigger then completed status).
How does an assessable building block appear to explorers?
Each building block appears slightly differently but utilises the same assessment indicators.
Pending. This status indicates a submission has been made and is awaiting assessment.
Did not pass. This is the 'failed' result. Explorers will typically see an option to 'resubmit' (try again). They will see the score and comments if available.
Passed. This is the 'pass' result. Explorers will once again see the score and comments if available.