Allow Learners to Reflect on Their Learning in Brightspace

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Originally presented for CAT+FD on 9 February 2022 by Janice Florent


Learners come to their courses with varying levels of experience, skills, and understanding. Student self-assessment involves students in evaluating their own work and learning progress. Formative self-assessment enables students to thoughtfully reflect on the quality of their work-in-progress and their learning, and determine next steps. Through self-assessment, students can:

  • Identify their own skill gaps, where their knowledge is weak
  • See where to focus their attention in learning
  • Set realistic goals
  • Revise their work
  • Track their own progress
  • If online, decide when to move to the next level of the course

This process helps students stay involved and motivated and encourages self-reflection and responsibility for their learning.

This workshop, the tenth in our #LEX Advanced series, builds on the skills you learned in the #LearnEverywhereXULA course, and will explain why self-assessments are effective and will show you how you can use the Self-Assessment tool in Brightspace to provide feedback that motivates students to self-reflect in a formative format.



  1. Workshop Slides
  2. Student Self-Assessment: The Key to Stronger Student Motivation and Higher Achievement
  3. Self-Assessment (Cornell University)
  4. Exam Wrappers (Carnegie Mellon University)
  5. Teaching Tips - Use Self Assessments as Study Aids - Instructor (video)
  6. Self Assessment - Create a Self Assessment - Instructor (video)
  7. Brightspace Tip #254: Tests and Quizzes
  8. Deciding Between Using Quizzes, Surveys or Self-Assessments in Brightspace
  9. About Question Library
  10. The Quiz Question Converter (Brightspace Community)
  11. Spanning the Memory Gap (CAT+FD workshop)
  12. #LearnEverywhereXULA Advanced Certification
  13. Subscribe to our blog, CAT FooD (for thought)