Last modified by Carina Enke on 12.02.2024

KB_Aufgabe.pngThrough a flexible combination of different sub-elements, the Task course element enables a wide variety of application scenarios, where

  • learners are automatically assigned files with tasks or choose tasks themselves
  • learners store one or more solution files in individual drop boxes
  • participants' performances can be assessed separately, and personal feedback can be given in the form of a file placed in a user-specific drop box
  • an assessment by a peer review process can be used
  • files with sample solutions that can only be used at a configurable time and date are stored for all users

A supplementary video is available for this function.




The task course element divides into several areas. These are displayed depending on the configuration and processing progress.

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The following areas may be displayed:



In the Assessment area, you can see various assessment elements such as the score, mark, and passing status, depending on the configuration. This area will only become visible after the tutor has submitted an assessment for you.


Information for the procedure of the peer review

This area is displayed if the course owner has enabled the peer review assessment option. You can open the section for more information on how the peer review process works.

If the course author has intended a peer review process to assess a task course element, the  Information for the procedure of the peer review section appears for the element.

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Open this area to see which sections are planned for the peer review and what other settings have been made.  

For more information on the peer review, see the Peer review help page. 

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Your task

Depending on the course author's specifications, you will see one or more task files here, from which you can select one, or the task file that has already been automatically assigned to you. The selected or assigned task will be highlighted in colour. According to the course author's settings, tasks can be viewed before they are selected (preview), or the selection made can be undone later. You can see from various icons which of these options the author has configured for this course element.

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If the Create and Upload buttons appear in this area, the course author has given you the right to create task files.

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All available options are explained in the Functions for users section.

It is not possible to select multiple tasks. You may be able to view multiple tasks, but you can always only select one task to work on at a time.


Sample solution

This area contains suggested solutions or similar files that the author may provide. Click on the title to start the download.


Submit solution

In this area, you can submit your solutions. You can create new documents as well as upload existing files from your hard drive. However, it is the author's choice to determine which of the two options will be available.


Returned documents

If the tutor or assessor has left you correction notes in the form of files, you will find these documents in this area.

The availability of the individual areas depends on the tutor's configuration and your processing status.

Automatic progress

If the course progress indicator is activated for a course, the course element will automatically be marked as completed upon the first finished attempt of the user. This process is independent of any possible assessment.


Usage: Learners' View

Functions for users

As a user, you can use the following functions in a task course element:



Subscribe to a taskYou can subscribe to course elements to get automatically informed about changes.

 How to do that?

To subscribe to a course element, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the relevant course and go to the desired course element.
  2. Click the Subscribe button in the upper right corner of the course element view.

Example: Subscribing to a course element File discussion

Subscribe to course element


3. If you have already subscribed to this course element, you will see the button Unsubscribe. Click this button if you want to cancel the subscription.

Unsubscribe button

For further information about the general configuration options for receiving notifications, refer to the page Subscriptions and notifications.

 View a task before selecting it (preview)If the course author has enabled the preview function, you can view the tasks before selecting them. Just click on the file title. The download will start immediately. If nothing happens when you click on the file title, the course author has disabled the preview.


Select a task yourselfIf this icon follows a task, you can choose for yourself. Clicking on this icon saves your choice, and the selected task file will be highlighted in colour. At the same time, the selection icon next to all other task entries will disappear.


Deselect a task

If this icon appears at the end of the selected task's entry, you can cancel the selection of this task and choose another one. Just click on the icon. This will make the coloured marking disappear, and the button to select a task reappears for all available task files.

The option to deselect a task is only available if previously configured by the course author.



Create tasks

If these two buttons appear in the Your task area, the course author has given you the right to create task files.

  • Create: You can use this function to create new HTML files and store them as tasks. After clicking on this button, the Text editor opens.
  • Upload: This function button opens a new window that allows you to upload one or more existing files.



Submit solutions

If you see this area and at least one of these icons, you can submit a solution.

To submit a solution for the task, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Task course element.
  2. Go to the Submit solution section.
  3. Depending on the task element configuration, the Create and Upload functions will be available here.
  • Create: You can use this function to create new HTML files and store them as solutions. After selecting this function, the Text editor opens.
  • Upload: This function button opens a new window where you can upload one or more existing files.

Submit a solution for the task


Edit already submitted solutions later

If you see this icon, you can still edit your already submitted solution after creating or uploading it.

After creating or uploading your solution, you can still edit it.

  1. To do this, click on the pencil icon at the end of the entry.
  2. The text editor opens. You can now make your changes.
  3. Then click on the Save button in the text editor.

Edit an already submitted solution




Save solution to the ePortfolioIf you see this icon, you can click on it to save your solution as an artefact to your ePortfolio or assign it to a collaborative folder.


Delete an already submitted solution

You can delete an already created or uploaded document if you see the delete icon at the end of the entry.

How to delete a single file?

To delete a single file, use the Delete button at the end of the line for the file entry.

If you wish to delete multiple files at once, select the desired entries using the checkbox in front of the title and click on Delete in the table header.

Delete a solution file


You can be assigned extended rights by a course supervisor. These rights will make additional functions, such as creating and editing tasks, available to you. For more information on these functions, see the Functions in the course view section.


Configuration: Authors' View

In the course editor

The following functions are available for the task course element in the course editor:

Add a task course element

To integrate a course element into your course, proceed as follows:


Open the course you want to edit.

Use the pencil icon at the top of the page to open the editing mode.

Switch from the course view to the editing mode

Select a course element from the menu on the right.

Select course element


In the new window, you can define the position of the new course element within your course structure (left navigation pane). The available positions are marked with an insert icon.

To insert the new course element into an existing substructure, you need to open the substructure by clicking on the small triangle symbol next to its title. The area will open and you will again see insert icons at the positions which are available.

Click on the insert icon at the desired position within the structure. The selected area will be highlighted.

Confirm your choice with Insert course element.

Insert course element into the course tree


The element will be inserted into the course structure at the selected position.

Depending on the course element, you have to make additional configurations or add content in order to complete the configuration.

For these changes to take effect, you must publish the course. The course element will then also become available in the course view.

Configure and publish course element


General configuration settings

In the course editor, you can see the following configuration tabs:

Title and description

Course editor settings in the tab title and description


Define which information about the course element should be displayed in the course view. In addition to the content, you can optionally display the title and description. All course elements are provided with a reasonable presetting, which mostly includes the setting Title, description and content. You can adjust this setting in accordance with the options available for each course element. For an example of the different setting options, refer to the help page Displaying information about the course element.

Set link for this course element

Each course element can be accessed via fixed link addresses. Therefore, an internal and an external URL is assigned to each course element. These direct links to concrete elements can be used within courses or provided to learners. The URLs are located below the title and description of the element and will appear upon selecting Set link for this course element.  

  • External link: To refer to this course element from outside of the course or learning platform, you can use the external link and insert it, for example as a href attribute, into the desired HTML page.
  • Internal link: To set a link to another course element within the same course, you can insert the internal link as a href attribute into the desired HTML page.

Here you can describe the course element. The description will appear in the content area below the title.

Depending on the settings configured in the element Display, this additional text is displayed to the user when opening the course element. The user can expand or collapse the view of the text.


SubtitleYou can enter a subtitle for the course element with a maximum of 255 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear as a tooltip in the navigation menu and - if selected and configured accordingly - as a subtitle in the content area.

You need to enter a title for the course element. The title can comprise a maximum of 100 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear in the navigation menu of the course and also as a heading in the content area.

 Changes to the title of the first course element, the so-called main course node ...

(Warnung)  If you change the title of the first course element, the new content will only be applied to the main course node and then displayed in the opened course. If you wish to edit the course title or description, you can do so using the more settings menu of the course.

IDYou will need the ID number of the course element (on the bottom right), for example, if you wish to use the expert mode in the visibility or access tab.


If necessary, restrict the visibility of the course element here. For more information, see the Visibility help page.


If necessary, restrict the access to the course element here. For more information, see the Access help page.


In this tab, you can activate various sub-elements for the task element.

The following sub-elements are available:

You can flexibly combine the different sub-elements to depict various scenarios.

Practical tip: As explained in the Access tab section, you can also configure and define access to each of the individual sub-elements using various attributes. For example, you can assess the course participants' solutions step-by-step and store documents with corrections, but make these assessments available to all users simultaneously at a selected time or for a specified period.

(Assignment, Handing in, Sample solution, Assessment)

Depending on the selected sub-elements in the Sub-elements tab, the associated configuration tabs for these elements will be displayed as active or inactive. On these configuration tabs, you can configure further settings for each active element. The individual configuration tabs will be explained in detail in the sections below.


In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.

Publish your course to complete the configuration and make the resource available to the participants.


In the course view

Functions in the course view

In the course view of a task course element, the following additional editing options are available to you as a course supervisor:

Task management - Provide tasks

With the Create and Upload buttons in the Task management area, anyone with the right to edit the task folder can create new task files or upload existing files to the task area.


  • Create: This function allows you to create new HTML files and store them as tasks. After selecting this function, the Text editor opens.
  • Upload: This function button opens a new window that allows you to upload one or more existing files to the task folder.

    Delete tasks: Please note that you cannot delete already selected tasks. Such tasks are highlighted in blue and marked with a note. The options to delete these files are disabled.

Task management - View task assignment

You can view the tasks assigned to participants in the assessment tool. For more information, see the View task assignment help page.

Submitted solutions - View and assess task solutions

This area contains a text note on already available task solutions submitted by course participants. To view the solutions, switch to the assessment tool. For more information, see the View and assess task solutions help page.

Provide sample solution

With the Create and Upload buttons in the Sample solution area, anyone with the right to edit the sample solution folder can create new sample solution files or upload existing files to the area.

  • Create: This function allows you to create new HTML files and store them as sample solutions. After selecting this function, the Text editor opens.
  • Upload: This function button opens a new window that allows you to upload one or more existing files to the Sample solution area.

If a user's solution was particularly relevant, you can use the assessment tool to suggest that their solution be published as a sample solution. The user will then be notified accordingly and only needs to agree to the publication. If they consent, the solution will be available for all users in the Sample solution area.

Cancel task

If a user has already selected a task or was assigned one, you can still undo this action. For more information, see the Cancel task help page.

Returned documents - Return documents to individual users

You can use the assessment tool to return documents to an individual course participant. For more information, see the Return documents to individual users help page.

As a course supervisor, you can assign extended rights to some or all course users to make these additional editing functions of the course element available to them. You can set these rights in the Access tab. Some rights can also be assigned via security groups. For more information, see the Access or the Group management in the course help page.


Application examples

We use this section to add application scenarios for this course element. If you would like to support us with a suitable example from your practice, please send us a message with the subject "Practical example for the manual" and a few brief notes on the application scenario and the selected configuration to support@bps-system.de.