What you'll learn in this article:
- how different student access methods create records in our system
- how these different methods impact the student experience when they take tests/quizzes
- how this impacts your assessment data
Instruct content can be delivered to students via deep links, embed codes, or LTI links, depending on the integration(s) that you have set up. (Not sure what these links are? See here.) Deep links and embed codes can be used anywhere you would normally link to content, such as a library website, LibGuides, or an LMS page. LTI links are used for an LTI integration within an LMS.
The student experience is similar for all of these, particularly for videos and tutorials. However, there are a few key differences to note in how these access methods work, particularly when students are taking assessments (test or quiz).
Note: regardless of the access method, student assessment scores are logged in reports available via your admin account. Assessment reports can be found in the Insights reporting tool - to access, log in to your admin dashboard and navigate to Instructor > Credo Insights. For more information about retrieving assessment data see Assessment Reports Overview.
A note about student privacy
Credo is FERPA-compliant and considers data privacy and security to be a matter of utmost importance. If you have any concerns about what data Credo stores, who has access to that data, and how to configure your integration to comply with your institution's data privacy standards, please do not hesitate to ask our support team for assistance. Options for anonymous access are available and we are more than happy to advise you on the best way to configure this for your account. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LTI is an integration option that can be used in a Learning Management System. When students access Credo content via LTI, there is a record created for that student in our system using their name and email address, which is passed to our platform from your LMS. When students complete a graded content item (test or quiz), our system passes their score back to your LMS, where it is synced to the course gradebook.
The LTI connection allows us to recognize students, based on the email associated with their LMS account, each time they access the material. This allows us to associate all their scores with the same user record in our system. When you retrieve your account's assessment data from the Instruct platform, students' name and email address will be associated with their scores, so that you can identify each individual user's performance.
Since LTI saves a student's work to a unique record for that student, if a student needs to take a quiz a second time (as a retake, or in a second course), Credo support will need to clear their previous saved answers from that quiz. See our FAQ for more information on how to request this.
For more information about LTI and how to set up this integration, see LMS Integration Options.
Direct Access (Non-LTI)
When students access Credo via a deep link or embed code, they are authenticated into Credo via proxy, IP, or referring URL authentication, depending on which method(s) you use for your account. This kind of access is "anonymous"--the Instruct platform does not automatically receive any information that would identify the student, such as their name or email address. Therefore, an anonymous record is created for that user for the length of their session. Each time the student returns to the platform, a new record is created for them; they are not recognized as the same user each time.
If a student takes a quiz or test during their session, it is necessary for them to provide information identifying themselves; otherwise, it would not be possible for admins to identify their scores on the grade reports. And, because there is no LTI connection for grade syncing, individual student grades must be retrieved from the reports on the Instruct platform.
Therefore, before an anonymous student takes a test or quiz, they will see a brief form, called the Quiz Form, prompting them to enter their name, email address, course, and instructor's name, and/or any custom fields you have requested for your account. This information is then associated with their score in the assessment reports, so that admins can identify which scores belong to which students.
Please note that a student seeing this is already authenticated -- the form does not log them in, it simply identifies who they are.
The standard form includes mandatory fields for Student Name, Email Address, Course, and Instructor. We have also recently added the ability to add text to the top of the page to give instructions or explanation to students. Our default text is:
In order to receive credit for your work, please complete the below form before taking the test or quiz. This is not a log-in or account creation step.
This can be customized in the following ways:
- fields can be renamed, added, or removed
- fields can be made optional or mandatory
- drop-down menus can be created so that students pick their course or instructor's name from a list, rather than an open text entry
- explanatory text can be added to the top of the form to give specific instructions to the students; this text can be customized or the default can be used