How do I create an assessment report? (criterion-referenced assessment)

Assessment on OpenLearning is structured around assessment reports. These reports define how an assessor should evaluate a learner's achievements in relation to the learning outcomes. This is done through defining assessment criteria, which flesh out learning outcomes and link them to relevant collections of learner work. 

  • In order to design assessments, you must first have set up the correct permissions in roles. Learn more about roles 
  • You must also have specified your course outcomes. Learn more about course outcomes
  • Optional: you may choose to give the learners the freedom to decide when they would like to be assessed by choosing Assessment settings > Assessment process > Allow students to decide when they are ready to be assessed.

Go to Assessment > Report Design.


Choose a New Report to add a report.


Edit the assessment report to begin setting up the assessment criteria.


You can set what the report is out of here:


You can also choose to make the report visible or not to learners and assessors.

 If ticked, the report (including criteria) is visible on a learner's progress page.

Open a criterion under a learning outcome and fill out the following fields:


1 -  Enter a name for the criterion.

2 - Additional description. Here, you can include instructions to assessors on how to make evaluations of learners' work.

3 - Select an assessment type for the criteria. This specifies how the evaluation will be expressed. Possible types include:

  • numeric fields
  • pass/fail categories
  • categories (Likert scale)
  • bands. 

If you set up custom categories or bands, you can save them as presets to be reused across all assessment reports in a course.

4 - Every criterion must be linked to evidence of learning.

You can specify a collection of learner work to represent evidence of learning. Performance on a criterion is then evaluated over this collection.

By default, the evidence of learning consists of any posts made by the learner which are tagged by this criterion's learning outcome. Learn more about outcomes tagging 

This collection may be customised by clicking Edit, which opens the collection customisation modal.

Through this modal, the collection of evidence can be further tailored to align with the current criteria. This is done by including/excluding posts with certain tags.

This provides a flexible way to link learner work to learning outcomes. Learn more about using tags for assessment.

5 - You can also add additional Focus pages where the evidence of learning is located.

6 - Each criterion also has a weight that determines how much this criterion is worth relative to the rest of the report.


Once you have created an assessment report, you may want to use the same report in other classes within the course. You can transfer a report by going to the new class > Assessments > Report design > Add a report and choose one of the reports that you created in the previous class.




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