What assessment tools can I enable for my students?

Ryan Richins
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Buzz has a wide array of settings and configurations that make it a powerful tool for educators in a variety of contexts. Sometimes, though, this also means that some standard features can get lost in the mix.

This article outlines some of the basic tools and settings that you can enable for students in assessments. For a full overview of what you can do with assessments, review Assessment activity editor.

Specify late submission, number of attempt, and saving rules

In the Assessment activity editor > Settings > Activity and submission card, you choose to set a Due date (not available for continuous courses), and specify:

  1. Whether you want to Allow late submissions, and, if so, what the Late rule and Grace period rules are.
  2. The allowed Number of attempts a student can complete for that assessment.
  3. The total Questions per page you want your students to see.
  4. Whether you want to:
    • Allow save and continue for the assessment. Meaning students can start an assessment, save it, and return to it later. Without activating this option, students must finish and submit an assessment once they've started it.
    • Require answers for submission. Meaning students are only allowed to submit the assessment after answering all of the questions. If not enabled, students are notified that they haven't answered all questions when trying to submit an incomplete assessment, but can still submit.
    • Randomize question order.
    • Randomize response order.

Specify when you want students to see and access assessments

With Assessment activity editor > Settings > Visibility and access settings, you are given a lot of options around when assessments become visible and accessible and to whom. You can also set up accessibility dependencies (e.g., block access until student has completed an activity, block access until student has shown mastery).

Give your students tools to use during an assessment

The Assessment activity editor > Settings > Advanced assessment card offers a lot of options worth exploring (check out Formative and Remediation assessments), but some of the most useful for your students include the following tools:

  • Show highlighter, which allows students to highlight text while taking the assessment.
    • To provide the highlighting tool for an essay question, make sure to put the essay question on its own page.
    • To provide the highlighting tool for a passage question with multiple questions attached to the passage, make sure to display the attached questions on the same page.
  • Show answer eliminator, which allows students to eliminate multiple choice questions that they think are wrong while taking the assessment.
  • Allow student notes, which allows students to record notes about a question while taking the assessment.
  • Allow students to bookmark and review questions, which allows students to review questions while taking the assessment and filter by those they have answered, those they haven't, and those for which they've recorded notes.

You can review these tools here: How do I use assessment tools?

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Elizabeth Camarena

How can one enable Assessment Tools domain-wide or at least at the course level? I need the ability to show highlighter, answer eliminator, student notes, and bookmark questions to an entire course or set of courses - as opposed to adding them to each individual assessment.

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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Elizabeth!

These features need to be edited via the item settings within a course. 

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Elizabeth Camarena

This is great at that level, but for entities that serve a large number of course offerings with each holding a substantial number of assessments it is way too time consuming to make the change individually. I see these features as allowable accessibility tools that would benefit more students than not. Could these be added somehow at the course level in the future? Can you access with bulk edit or make that adjustment in the near future so that we can access it? or even the user level - similar to "remove time limit" and "reduce number of answer choices". 

Is there a DLAP command to help me make these tools available across more assessments in one pass?


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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

It's possible that one may write a script to modify multiple items and their settings. If API support is desired, one will need to submit a ticket to Agilix Support through your organization's authorized point of contact. 

We will take your feedback into consideration for future Buzz enhancements! 

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