Which activities can I use in a template?

Last modified: 2018-03-05 18:30:13 +0100

You can add different activities in a template. In this article you read the specifications of each type.

Where can I add activities?

Click the Templates tab in the main menu and after that click Edit on the right side of the template you want to use.

How can I add activities?

To create an activity you have to choose or create a block to connect the learning activity to. Next click +Activity and choose the activity you need in the dropdown. Name it and click Ok to save. Click Edit.

Activity settings

See this article 'General settings of activities'.

What kind of activities can I use in a template?


In a lesson you can combine questions and content parts. Learners directly see the right answer after they answered the question.


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. You can only add content parts to documentation, no questions.


In an assignment you can add questions learners should answer first, before they get feedback on their answers. You can't add content parts.

Hand-in Assignment

In a hand-in assignment learners are able to upload files that are examined by the instructor or other learners. The hand-in assignment can only be used in a Blended, Social or Game Based Learning template.

  • Assessment possible: Check this option when instructors examine the assignment. When learners are expected to discuss together, this option should be unchecked.
  • External assessor allowed: With this option the learner has the possibility to invite his own assessor to examine the hand-in assignment
  • Advanced Canvas Settings: Decide the size of the canvas in which the hand-in assignment is shown.
After publishing the template it is not possible to change the Standard Settings anymore.


In an assignment you can put questions that a learner should answer first before receiving feedback. You can set a score that can indicate whether a learner passed or failed the assessment.


Tab 'Activity content': Select the questions you want to use. You can also select the question based on exam conditions so the assessment will contain random questions, just like the random assessment.

See this article 'What are exam terms?'.

Random assessment

Random assessments are like assessments which have multiple attempts, but they only contain random questions based on exam terms. Random assessments are a selection of questions that learners should answer first before receiving feedback.

See this article 'What are exam terms?'.

Tab 'Activity Content': Compared to other activities it is not possible to select questions for a random assessments. You have 2 other options concerning exam terms:
- You can select 'Random across all terms'. This way the questions will come from all exam terms. You can indicate how many questions you want in the random assessment.
- The other option is to select the amount of questions 'specifically per term'.

You can't link a condition to an open question, so you can't make use of open questions in random assignments.


Scans are self assessments in which you can use evaluation questions. You can also add content parts.
Scans are measures. Those are competences that learners can get a specific score for.

Only questions of the evaluation type can be used in a Scan. To make a profile, you need to use matrix questions with measures. Also see 'Evaluation matrix question'.

Learners can add comments: By checking this options, learners can add a comment to a question.
Show total profile score in results: Check this option if learners are allowed to see a summary of the profile score after finishing the scan.


In a profile, you indicate which measures you will use in the scan. Measures are competences that learners can get a specific score for. They have to be defined in the content. You can create multiple profiles.

Click the button New profile and enter a profile name and description. Choose the measures that belong to this profile. Click Create/Update.


You can put content parts and multiple types of evaluation questions in an inquiry. No score is assigned to the questions.

360° feedback

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


Learners can add comments: By checking this options, learners can add a comment to a question.
Assessor assesses anonymously: The people that assess the 360 degrees feedback, will do this completely anonymously. The learner cannot see which answers come from which assessor.

Inviation settings, Extra information: Add extra text here which assessors will see in their invitation mail. The standard mail contains this text:  Dear "Name assessor", You can start the activity here: "Name activity". Thank you in advance. With kind regards "Name learner".

What do the learners see?

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

Once the learner receives feedback from the people that he invited, he will get the following overview:


With SCORM it is possible to use external content in a course.
See the article Creating the learning activity: SCORM to read about how to add SCORM to a template.


In this activity you can offer a certificate to learners. The certificate will automatically contain the personal details of the learner. In the article 'Create activity: Certificate' the way to do this will be described in simple steps.

External activity

An external activity is an activity separate from aNewSpring, like a practical exam. Afterwards instructors can enter a score per learner.
If you would like to use TrainTool, you also need to use this type of activity.
You can also iFrame (requires HTML knowledge) another website in an external activity.


Link: Add a link from TrainTool or another website that you want to iFrame.
Score: Choose the way to display the score.

For more settings, see 'General settings of activities'.

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