Defining Course Elements

Learning Objectives

Found in the Table of Contents at the module level and at the top pages throughout the course, Learning Objectives are student-centered statements of the measurable content, media, and questions for each content area.

Learning objectives help guide learning. Assessments measure learning against these objectives at the end of each module. The Learning Dashboard cards also use the learning objectives to reveal how your students are performing and learning within the course. 

Learning objectives in the Table of Contents:  



Learning Objectives on a course page: 


Formative and Summative Assignments

Formative activities and assignments provide practice and feedback to students as they work through the course. Formative activities are also critical to generating data in the Learning Dashboard.

Formative activities are tagged to learning objectives, which appear on the page.

Students' performance on formative questions generates data on their progress toward achieving that learning objective. 

Student data on learning objectives also generate a learning estimate that appears in the instructor's Learning Dashboard. The learning estimate predicts how well a student will perform on a learning objective. 


Summative assessments (Checkpoints and Quizzes) are assignments that assess mastery of material. Scores report to the instructor's Gradebook


Activities, Assignments, and Assessments Summary:



Learning Estimates

A student's performance on formative practice provides data for learning estimates. The learning estimate is a model that Acrobatiq built to predict how well a student will perform on the learning objective on a summative assessment. 

For example, based on how a student answers formative questions against the learning objective Summarize the distribution of a categorical variable, the student's learning estimate will be categorized as low, medium, or high. These learning estimates determine the questions that students receive on the adaptive Personal Practice assignments. They also provide information on the Learning Dashboard

Summative work is not calculated in a student's learning estimate. 

Note: Learning estimates appear on the Dashboard but are not student facing.