From time to time we get questions about how tasks work in Promote, and also ideas on how they “should” work. Some examples of questions related to this:
- Why is it only 255 characters in a task? I need more characters to solve this!
- Why can't the text in a task be formatted? I need to make a bullet list!
- I need to add coach instructions in a task – why can't I?
- I want to add a resource in a task – but I can’t do this – why?
This article will focus on the differences between an assignment and a task and why the functions that are requested above isn't available in a task.
An assignment in Promote is a main information carrier where you add all information about the specific assignment. Here you put all information to the learners, coach instructions, resources, videos, pictures and here you can also format the text and use lists and links. Here you put most of the information and instructions for the assignment. Read more details about assignment in this article ->
A task is always related to an assignment and requires an action to be completed. It is through tasks you track progress in Promote. Which type of Task you add to the Assignment will determine in what way the learners will complete it (read more about completion types here) The assignment can have 0 or several related tasks. The title of a task should be formulated with a clear ”call to action” or a question related to the information in your assignment, while the 255 characters is additional completion instructions. Please see the two examples:
Task - Example 1
- 'Task title' with a question
- 'Completion instructions' with more details what the learner should share in the comment
Task - Example 2
- 'Task title' with call to action
- 'Completion instructions' with additional information how to complete the task
With a maximum of two levels the Learning Journey will be clear and easy to understand, and there will be no hidden sub assignments. With a glance at the program overview the learners will know what's expected of them.
So, the answer to all questions stated in the beginning of this article, is that the task they are asking about, should probably not be a task – but instead a separate assignment.
This article is a great source of inspiration for how you write learner-centered assignments ->