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Hybrid assessment: using Assigned assessments in class

Many instructors prefer in-person assessment, for reasons such as academic integrity, practical application or ease of answering student questions. Crowdmark’s digital Assigned assessment workflow is generally associated with online learning, however it also provides flexibility of submission and grading in a hybrid workflow for in-person assessments. This workflow requires students to have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer and a stable internet connection.

Assigned assessments can be used for digital submission of in-class assessments like quizzes, presentations or lab experiments; for fully digital in-person exams completed within Crowdmark; or for more traditional in-person exams with limited Crowdmark access for digital submission.

To use an Assigned assessment in class, or for a fully digital in-person exam:

  1. Create an Assigned assessment.
    • If the work is to be completed within a specific session, set your distribution time and due dates accordingly. You can also distribute manually if you have a flexible start time, or use the Timed assessment feature to set a time-limited assessment within your class period.
    • If students will be working in groups, use the Group assessment workflow.
    • If you’re creating the same assessment for multiple sections or time slots, use the duplicating Assigned assessments workflow.
    • Set accommodations for students as necessary.
  2. When it’s time for your assessment, instruct students to log in to their Crowdmark accounts. If you have already distributed the assessment, students will have received an email from Crowdmark and the assessment will be present in the students’ accounts for them to begin immediately. If your students are waiting for a specific start time, they can refresh their pages to see the assessment at the appointed time.
  3. Depending on the way the assessment has been set up, students may use paper or other media to answer questions, or answer them directly on their devices. When students are finished writing their assessments, they can continue to use their devices to submit work digitally. Here are some tips for students on how to complete and submit Assigned assessments. As with a fully-online assessment, students can edit and resubmit as long as there’s time remaining on their assessment clock. Students can also submit late, but only once.
Pro tip: use the accommodation options to extend due times on a per-student basis in realtime, or extend the due time for the whole class in Assessment settings


To use an Assigned assessment with limited Crowdmark access for a test or exam:

  1. Create an Assigned assessment.
    • If the work is to be completed within a specific session, set your distribution time and due dates accordingly. You can also distribute manually if you have a flexible start time, or use the Timed assessment feature to set a time-limited assessment within your exam slot.
    • If you’re creating a 2-stage exam, you can use the Group assessment workflow for the team portion.
    • If you’re creating the same assessment for multiple sections or time slots, use the duplicating Assigned assessments workflow.
    • Set accommodations for students as necessary.
  2. Distribute your exam as usual, whether it’s a paper booklet, on a central screen or blackboard, or however works best for your class. Students can complete their work using pen and paper, or any other form of physical work. They will not have access to Crowdmark or their digital devices while they are working.
  3. When time is up, instruct students to access their digital devices and log in to their Crowdmark accounts for submission. If you have already distributed the assessment, students will have received an email from Crowdmark and it will be present in the students’ accounts for them to begin immediately. If your students are waiting for a specific start time, they can refresh their pages to see the assessment at the appointed time.
  4. Supervise students as they prepare the required images of their work and use their Crowdmark accounts for digital submission. Here are some tips for students on how to complete and submit Assigned assessments. We recommend 15 minutes for students to prepare images and submit their work, however the timing is completely flexible. As with a fully-online assessment, students can edit and resubmit as long as there’s time remaining on their assessment clock. Students can also submit late, but only once.
Pro tip: use the accommodation options to extend due times on a per-student basis in realtime, or extend the due time for the whole class in Assessment settings


Once assessments are submitted, instructors can verify students’ submissions, grade and return student work fully online. Check out or documentation on question types and grading tools for more information.