Formative Activities

Types of Formative Activities

Most course content pages have formative activities that provide students with opportunities to practice what they are learning. These activities fall into two categories: Learn by Doing or Did I Get This? 

Learn by Doing: Allows students to practice the concept that they are learning, with hints and feedback to guide them if they struggle.


Did I Get This?: Allows students to assess their understanding of the material before they do a graded activity. 


Formative activities are not graded, and students have unlimited chances to work the questions. While the Gradebook does not capture these activities, they do appear in the Learning Dashboard, allowing instructors to review the performance of individual students or an entire class.

Note: First-attempt accuracy informs students' learning estimates.

Components of Formative Activities

Two key elements of the formative activities are designed to help students learn: 

Targeted Feedback: Most questions provide targeted feedback for both correct and incorrect answer options, guiding students as they work through the activity.

Hints: Most Learn by Doing activities have hints that provide additional guidance.