How do I navigate Assessment Mode Simulations if I use a Canvas LTI integration?

Now YOU can choose whether you want your learners to complete these master-level simulations, and here's how to do it.

Assessment Mode Simulations will be separated from its original course experience so that admins have increased agency over learner progress. Should users feel ready to make this part of learning, there are ways to add it back into the experience.


Where do I find Assessment Mode Simulations if I use Canvas? 

You will now be able to access Assessment Mode Simulations from the LTI Tool. New assessment mode courses will have the following naming convention: [Original course name + "Assessment Simulation"]. 

For more information about how to access the Assessment Mode Simulations and add them into your Canvas course, navigate to the LTI Canvas User Guide and view the section on Adding Assignments.


Which courses are impacted and what are their corresponding assessment mode titles?


Course Name Course ID (short text) Assessment Mode Simulation Title
Centrifugal Pump Repair HVAC505 Centrifugal Pump Repair Assessment Simulation
Chiller Troubleshooting HVAC700 Chiller Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Commercial A/C Troubleshooting (3 Phase Compressor) HVAC331 Commercial A/C Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Diagnosing Circuits: 3-Way Lighting ELEC202 Diagnosing Circuits: 3-Way Lighting Assessment Simulation
Diagnosing Circuits: Simply Lighting & Receptacles ELEC201 Diagnosing Circuits: Simple Lighting & Sockets Assessment Simulation
Dishwasher Troubleshooting APPL202 Dishwasher Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Electric Dryer Diagnostics APPL204 Electric Dryer Diagnostics Assessment Simulation
Electric Furnace Troubleshooting HVAC315 Electric Furnace Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Electric Range Troubleshooting APPL201 Electric Range Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting PLMB201 Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Gas Boiler Troubleshooting HVAC311 Gas Boiler Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Gas Furnace Troubleshooting HVAC321 Gas Furnace Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Gas Rooftop Refrigeration Troubleshooting HVAC701 Gas Rooftop Refrigeration Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Gas Water Heater Troubleshooting PLMB204 Gas Water Heater Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Heat Pump Troubleshooting (Residential) HVAC341 Heat Pump Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
High Efficiency Boiler Troubleshooting HVAC361 High Efficiency Boiler Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Kitchen Sink Troubleshooting PLMB203 Kitchen Sink Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Light Commercial Electrical: Apartment Facilities Maintenance ELEC205 Light Commercial Electrical: Apartment Facilities Maintenance Assessment Simulation
Mini Split Troubleshooting HVAC375 Mini-Split Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Packaged Refrigeration Unit Troubleshooting CREF301 Packaged Refrigeration Unit Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Refrigerator Troubleshooting APPL205 Refrigerator Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Residential AC Troubleshooting HVAC301 Residential A/C Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Rooftop Unit Troubleshooting HVAC351 Rooftop Unit Troubleshooting Assessment Simulation
Toilet Troubleshooting and Replacement PLMB202 Toilet Troubleshooting and Replacement Assessment Simulation
Washer Diagnostics APPL203 Washer Diagnostics Assessment Simulation

Please view the following Q&A if you're curious about what happens to course and path progress, completions, and certificates. 

Q: Why are we making the change? What is the benefit?

A: The goal is to eliminate assessment mode SIMs as a barrier to course completion, without removing them completely from the platform. Courses containing them today have a 30% completion rate. If the learner cannot successfully complete the simulation, they also cannot complete the course.

Q: If a user has made progress on an assessment SIM but has not completed it, how will progress be reflected in the new course?

A: The progress made on the assessment SIM will carry over to the new course.

Q: If a user has completed/started a course with an assessment mode SIM, will the new assessment SIM course reflect this completion?

A: Yes, the completion of that course should be reflected in both versions. If the learner has made progress on the original, that same progress will be reflected in the new version once the learner logs into that course.

Q:  What happens to partial progress in the original course when an assessment SIM is hidden?

A: The user's progress should jump up in percentage when they log into the course.

Q: What will happen to course times once assessment mode is hidden?

A : They will decrease. (Est. 2 hours depending on the content and number of scenarios within the Assessment Simulation)

Q: Can I add the new Assessment Mode Simulation to my course as a test or quiz? 

A: No. The Interplay Learning LTI currently only supports adding content as an assignment or content item in a module. 

Q: I want to add the Assessment Mode Simulation to my course as a content item in a module, not as an assignment, but when I try to add it as an external tool the Interplay Learning catalog interface is not loading. How do I add it as a content item?

A: If you are not able to add content from the Interplay Learning LTI as a content item in a module, you may need to update to the latest version of the LTI by deleting the LTI in your course and reinstalling it. You’ll need admin permissions in the course and your Interplay Learning Key and Secret. Instructions for reinstalling the LTI are available in the LTI Canvas User Guide