Test any kind of skill connected to a course

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Written by Bianca Wetter
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Exercises are a new way to capture learnings and assess learners. A bit like homework, but for work. Exercises are extremely useful for sales enablement programs or any courses that require certification. You decide what you want learners to submit, choose who should review the exercise, and let the submissions role in. The person who reviews the exercise will grade it as a pass or fail.

💡 Exercise cards are only available in Courses

What should I use Exercises for?

Exercises work across a wide range of learning use cases. You can use them in any situation where it's beneficial for the Learner to apply their knowledge. Some examples include:

  • Presentation training - get sales reps to record a pitch and test their presentation skills

  • Set the course concepts into practice - stimulate the learner's reflection skills by asking the learner to use the course concepts and reflect upon how they would act in a scenario, where the learnings are set into practice.

  • Certifications - demonstrate that your learners have successfully passed a course by testing them on the most important concepts and then officially certify them if they pass

  • Research Presentations: For professional development courses, instruct learners can upload their research presentation slides or posters in PDF format to showcase their findings and analytical skills.

How do I create an Exercise?

  1. In your course, add card and choose Exercise

  2. First add the instructions for the Learner

  3. Secondly, choose what type of exercise you want (more about exercise types here)

    1. File upload: lets the learner add a video, document or image as their submission

    2. Free text: lets the learner write a text to submit directly in the exercise card in Sana

    3. Video recording: allows learners to record a video directly in Sana

  4. In Responsible reviewers Add the Admin or Group Admin who will review the Learner's submissions

  5. Optional - In Review instructions below, write a description for the reviewer to assist them with evaluating submissions

  6. Optional - Add custom grading criteria: the admin reviewing can then score those criteria out of 5 (more about custom grading criteria here)

  7. Max resubmissions - Learners can only add one submission for review but have the option to resubmit their work. If you wish, you can change the limit of total of resubmissions for Learners

  8. And when you’re ready, Publish and assign the course to Learners

See the video below that demonstrates how to create an exercise card

💡 If adding instructions with many steps, you can create a /checklist or a /numberedlist

Exercise types

In the exercise card choose between file upload, free text and video recording exercises:

File upload exercises are suitable for when uploading videos, images or filling in pre-created files or questionnaires. If the latter is the case, you can easily upload the empty version of what is to be filled in by typing /file in the instructions, and attach the file there for the learner to download, fill in and submit.

Supported file submission formats: .pdf .jpeg .png .mp4 .gif .zip

Max file size: 2GB

See the learners perspective below.

Free text exercises are ideal for any exercise that requires a text-based response. This could be an essay question, a short-answer exercise, a reflection activity, or any other task that requires learners to write out their answers. By allowing learners to type their responses directly into the exercise card, the process is simpler and more efficient for everyone involved.

See the learners perspective below.

Video recording offers a dynamic and engaging way for learners to showcase their communication and presentation skills in a practical format all without leaving the Sana platform, enhancing the learning experience beyond traditional text-based responses.

See the learners perspective below.

Choose custom grading criteria

With Custom grade criteria you can choose how an exercise is graded by the reviewer. Simply enter the criteria for the grade and when the reviewer is grading they will be presented with a 1-5 rating option.

Here's what the custom grade rating looks like when the reviewer is grading an exercise

What will the Learner see?

  1. Upon arriving on the Exercise card in a course, the Learner can see the instructions on the left and submission option on the right.

    1. For "File upload" exercises, learners have the option to choose one file to submit (see supported file formats below). Once the file has been attached they have the option to click the ‘view’ or ‘delete’ icon by the file

    2. For "Free text" exercises, learners can submit their answer in the text box.

    3. For the "video recording" exercise, the learner must allow for camera persmissions on their browser and click record and then submit. They have the option to rerecord and play back their recording too!

  2. When happy with the submission, the Learner can submit

💡 If the Course creator set up the card with more than one submission the Learner has the option to add another submission. The reviewer will only see the most recent submission (see How to create an exercise card above for more info)

Supported file upload submission formats

The supported formats are: .pdf .jpeg .png .mp4 .gif .zip

Max file size: 2GB

How does a reviewer review submissions?

If you are set as a reviewer for an exercise and a learner has submit an exercise for you to review you will find a notification in your Manage > Exercise tab, follow the steps below to review the submission:

  1. Go to Manage > Exercise

  2. By default the Ready for review and Assigned to you drop downs are selected

  3. Choose a submission you would like to review and click Review

  4. You see that learners most recent submission and have the option to grade their work

See the video below to see how a you can rate, grade and comment on a submission

Learner perspective receiving a 'Passed' grade

Similarly to when a learner receives a 'Passed' grade, a learner will see 'Failed' under the course title in My Library when they have 'Failed'.

When the learner clicks View to see the course. they will be presented with the grading and any comments you left

Learner perspective receiving a 'Failed' grade.

When the learner next visits their My library, they will see the course with 'Failed' noted under the title. If they click View, the exercise card opens presenting the comments you left for them:

  • If you did not give them the option to resubmit then they have failed the exercise

  • If you gave learners the option to resubmit a Submit new button will be presented. Once they click this they can make another submission for grading.

See the video below which demonstrates a learner resubmitting after receiving a failed grade

Congratulations! You've now now mastered the use of the Exercise Card. This is crucial for creating engaging, active learning experiences across various contexts. Continue leveraging it to reinforce learners' understanding and promote knowledge retention.


What are the supported files that can be uploaded?

The supported formats are: .pdf .jpeg .png .mp4 .gif .zip

Max file size: 2GB

Who can see the submissions for an exercise in Sana Manage?

Users set as reviewers in the exercise card will be able to see all submissions made on that exercise by all users

What is a group admins visibility?

Group admins visibility has two states:

  • Default: Group admins can see and review submissions from everyone in the org, but they only get notifications for the exercises where they are set as reviewers (if they have the email notifications switched on for reviews, this can be checked in your user settings in the menu in the top left)

  • Restrict Group Admin flag: If Sana have enabled the feature flag Group admins can only see and review submissions from users they administer. They still only get notifications for the exercises where they are set as reviewers

    • NOTE: if a group admin is set as reviewer on an exercise, they will be able to see and review submissions from everyone in the org for that exercise.

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