You can add different types of activities to a template that can consist of questions and content parts. Below you will find an explanation for each type and what kind of content you can use with it.


This is the most commonly used activity, because you can add a combination of both questions and content parts. Learners will see the correct answer right after answering the question. You can make it possible for learners to print the content parts.

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)
Content parts


Documentation is meant for reference materials. Learners don't have to finish this activity, so the course overview doesn't show a start button but a 'Show details' button. This kind of activity is not used for calculating the course progress. You can make it possible for learners to print the content parts.

Type of content
Content parts


This is activity is for questions that all have to be answered before getting feedback at the end.

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)

Hand-in Assignment

Let learners upload files that will be assessed by an instructor or other learners. The hand-in assignment can only be used in Blended, Social and Game-based Learning templates.

You can set up the activity so learners can see each others work.

Type of content
One content part (optional as the description of the assignment)

Video hand-in assignment

The idea is the same as the hand-in assignment, but learners can record a video with their webcam and hand that in.


For an assessment you can set a score as a threshold that will determine whether the learner has passed or failed.

By generating the assessment randomly from a set of questions, each assessment will be differently.

Turn this into a trial exam by indicating that it can be completed multiple times. Or use this as a real exam with one or more retries.

Should the exam meet the requirements of a test matrix? Add each question to the right exam term and generate the assessment randomly based on the exam terms.

Type of content
Questions (type: knowledge)


Ask the learner questions that have no right or wrong answers. This is often used as an evaluation at the end of a learning journey to ask the learners about their experience of the course.

Type of content
Content parts
Questions (type: evaluation)


Scans are self evaluations and use measures. These are competences that learners can get a specific score to.

To create a profile, you need to use matrix questions with measures. More information: 'Matrix question of the evaluation type'.

Add a profile and select the measures that apply to a profile. After a learners finishes the scan, they will see their score on a profile.

Type of content
Content parts
Questions (type: evaluation)

360° feedback

360° feedback are the same as scans, but afterwards learners can invite someone else to answer the same questions. This way the learners can compare the answers to get a better view of themselves and the progress.

What do the learners see?

Learners first need to answer the matrix questions, before others can answer the same questions about them.

Once the learners receive feedback from the people they invited, they will get the following overview:

You can only use evaluation questions in a 360° feedback activity.

Type of content
Content parts
Questions (type: evaluation)


With SCORM it is possible to use external content in a course.

Type of content
SCORM package


You can use this activity to award learners with a certificate. You can automatically fill the certificate with the personal data of the learner and the date of issue.

Type of content

External activity

An external activity is an activity outside of aNewSpring. For example a practical exam or an external course that will be displayed through LTI.
Instructors can assess the activity for a learner afterwards with a score. Besides this, you can also display an external website by just entering the link.

Type of content
None, if the instructor only has to assess the activity.
LTI link
External link


You can place a link to an online meeting that you have organised at, GoToMeeting or Adobe Connect.

Type of content
External link to webinar tool


Using the form activity, you can show several questions on the same page. Learners do not have to fill in the entire form at once, and can thus progress through it at their own pace. 

Form activities can be finished by a learner, or you can set them to require completion by an instructor. This allows an instructor to offer feedback before completing the activity. Multiple feedback rounds are possible.

Want to learn more about forms? Check out our release notes: aNewRelease 83.

Type of content

Questions (type: evaluation)

Related articles

  • Tutorial: How do I create a basic course? 
    Find instructions about adding activities to the template here.
  • General settings of activities

Setting up specific activities:

  • Create and add a certificate
  • Setting up a hand-in assignment
  • Setting up an LTI activity
  • Adding SCORM to the template
  • Setting up an assessment
    • What are exam terms?
  • Setting up a video hand-in assignment
  • Setting up a webinar activity