You can assign a Simple Assessment in two ways:

From Directly Within the Assessment

From the Drafts Assessments Page

Once you've selected Assign from either location, you be taken to the Assigning page. This page essentially has 4 sections:

See below for information on each section


Section 1: Students

In this section, you will choose which students to assign the assessment to.

  • 1: Select the class or classes you wish to assign the assessment to. You can assign to more than one class at a time.
  • 2: Select the group or groups you wish to assign the assessment to. This is an optional setting. You can assign it to more than one group at a time.
  • 3: If needed, remove students from the list by hovering over their name and selecting the x button.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: If you only need to assign the assessment to specific students, it might be easier to click the Deselect All button, then click on the students you'd like to assign the assessment to.


Section 2: Dates and Availability

In this section, you will determine due dates, start dates, and availability windows. All of these components are optional and not required to assign an assessment.

  • 1: Due Date: establishes a date and time for when the assessment is due. If students do not submit the assessment by the due date, it will be given an automatic status of Missing. The student will still be able to access the assessment beyond the due date if there aren't any availability windows.
  • 2: Start Date (assigning at a later date): allows the ability for the assessment to auto-assign at a certain date and time. The assessment will not appear on the student's notification feed or to do list until this date.
  • 3: Availability Windows: ideal for when you want students to access an assessment only during a specific timeframe. Please use availability windows with caution, as assessments will auto-submit at the conclusion of the last availability window. See this resource for more information.


Section 3: Instructions

This is where you can give brief instructions for the students to see before they take the assessment.

  • You can type up to 300 words using bold, italics, or underlining.
  • The image on the right is an example of how the instructions appear for the students.


Section 4: Settings

Below are the default settings for a Simple Assessment:

  • Include Score in Final Grade: this setting will be available for a points-based assessment only. Toggling this option off will still display the assessment grade in the gradebook for teachers and students to view, but the score will not be calculated into the student's overall grade.
  • Randomize Questions: presents the assessment questions in a different order for the assigned students.
  • Lockdown Browser: while taking an assessment, students will not be able to navigate out of Otus until the student exits the assessment or submits it for grading. It eliminates the ability to use external websites while taking an assessment. Note - The student must have the Respondus lockdown browser installed on their device in order to utilize this feature.
  • Time Limit: how many minutes students have to complete an assessment.


Once you have completed all of the above, you are ready to assign!


Assigning Simple Assessments FAQ

  • When I tried to assign the assessment, I got this message. What does it mean? This means that you built this assessment using a standards-based grading scale, but did not attach standards. Thats ok! Attaching standards is optional, but if you used a standards-based grading scale, the results of the assessment can only be seen in the gradebook if you attach standards. Otherwise, you'll still be able to see the individual student results of the assessment in the assessments module, but not in the gradebook.
  • Can I unassign an assessment from an entire class? Yes. This can be done by following the steps outlined in this article.
  • Can I unassign an assessment from individual students? Yes. This is done through the Manage Assignees section. For more information, check out this article.
  • What happens to the student scores if an assessment is unassigned? Student scores will be deleted. There is a warning presented when an assessment is selected to be unassigned. Please unassign assessments with extreme caution, as the student data attached to that assessment is not able to be retrieved.
  • What if students need to be able to take the assessment more than once, do I have to assign it multiple times? No. You can use the Allow Multiple Attempts setting. For more information, check out this article.
  • Can I assign the same assessment twice? Yes. A tip from the Otus Team - if you are assigning the same assessment twice, you may want to clone and re-name the assessment so you can distinguish between the two in the gradebook and in your list of assessments.
  • Can I make edits to the assessment questions or answers after it has been assigned? You can make edits to any draft assessment at any time. Those edits will automatically update on the assigned version of the assessment; you do not have to unassign and reassign the assessment.
  • Can I change the settings as mentioned above in Step 4 after the assessment has been assigned? Yes. For more information on adjusting those settings, check out this article.
  • What is the difference between deleting an assessment and unassigning an assessment? Deleting an assessment will remove the assessment from your drafts completely, along with all student scores attached to that assessment. Unassigning an assessment will remove student scores, but the assessment will remain in your drafts for you to use in the future.


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