Add Custom Activity

The Custom Activity item type displays information created outside of BrainHoney. Custom Activities can be interactive, or they can be simple PDF files or web pages. For example, you use Custom Activity to display flash content, SCORM objects, word searches, and other content created outside of BrainHoney.

When a Custom Activity is a SCORM object that computes a score and sets completion status using the standard SCORM Data Model variables, check the "Completion and score set by content (SCO)" checkbox.

For SCORM objects, you can also choose how teachers view the content while grading student submissions. The Student response summary table option renders a table of the student's responses as stored in the SCORM cmi.interaction variables. The Rendered activity content with student responses option displays the actual SCO content in review mode (SCORM's cmi.mode variable has the value review.) Choose this option only if the SCORM object is capable of displaying itself in review mode; otherwise, teachers could unintentionally alter the student's responses.

Note: Graders can overwrite student SCO Data when grading a SCO Item when the AllowScoReviewCommit ItemFlag has been set through the DLAP Programming API.

For more information on SCORM objects, please see SCORM Overview .


In the unit section of the Syllabus to which you want to add the custom activity, click the Add button, and click Custom Activity.


Add a title to the custom activity.


Add an attachment, if desired.


Depending on the type of custom activity, you may want the score and completion to be set by the activity itself, rather than BrainHoney. If you choose to have the score and completion set by the activity, you will need to specify the submission review format. How the custom activity has been designed will determine which setting is necessary for the submission review format.


Click in the Due date and time box and then click a date to select a due date for the assignment. You may also specify a time. The due date will prompt the student on the student's home page as the date approaches.

You can also decide if you want to allow late submissions or use a grace period, specified in days, hours, or minutes. This will give students some leeway in turning in their assignment.


If the custom activity will be graded, click to place a check in the Add to Gradebook checkbox.

The first option allows you to select which Category the custom activity will appear in. The default category for any course is "Include." You can also select a relative weight in that category. If you want the custom activity to be worth more, then specify a high percentage in the weight text box. If you simply want the assignment to be worth extra credit, just select the Extra Credit check box. Extra credit in BrainHoney works in much the same way that it would in a normal classroom. Only students who complete the assignemt and receive a score will receive credit for their work. All other students will not be penalized.

You can select a specific type of score entry. Options for the Score Entry include: Points, Rubric, Percentage, and Letter Grade. A grading scale for the assignment can also be specified, depending no how much you want to scale the specific assignment.

If necessary, you can allow students to submit work through a dropbox by using the Student dropbox option.

If selected, the checkbox for Restrict Score Visibility by Date will limit students from seeing their grade on the assignment until the specified date has passed.

Each of the following options can be selected or deselected to customize the specific custom activity:

  • Score can be Dropped: Teachers and TA's can drop specific scores for students in the gradebook.
  • Include in Final Grade: This assignment and the grade that each student receives will automatically be included in the final grade.
  • Passing Score Required for Course Credit: Students must pass this assignment in order to receive credit for the course. If this box is checked and a student fails to pass the assignment, their final grade will show a "0%" until the assignment is passed.
  • Treat Unscored as Zero: Selecting this option will automatically assign students a "0%" grade on this assignment when the final grades for the course are submitted if the student has failed to submit anything.

If you want to specify a passing score for the assignment, simply enter that score in the Passing Score box. Alternatively, you can specify the Minimum Points Possible on the assignment.


In the Visibility and Completion section, there are several options that you can choose for the file or website. You can decide whether or not you want teachers to see the file by allowing it to be visible in the table of contents. You can also similarly decide if you want students to be able to see the file. These options are checked by default.

You can also decide to restrict the visibility by the date or objective mastery. If either of these options are checked, you will need to define the date and/or objective set that will be required for the student to view the file.

You can also decide to set a password for the file. If you choose to specifiy a Password, you will have to manually inform your students what the password for the file is.

In the Completion section, you can decide on the criteria that will determine whether or not the student has completed the file. There are several options in the drop down list to choose from:

  • Views this activity for a specified time
  • Submits a post to this activity
  • Achieves a passing score on this activity
Depending on your selection, you can specify a required number of minutes to view the file. You can also decide whether or not this file is optional to complete for the student by selecting the Student must complete before continuing checkbox.


All the objectives for this section of the syllabus are selected for this activity by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the assignment. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


If you need to manually alter the item ID for the file, then you can do so by clicking the Change Item ID link in the Placement and Navigation section. However, in general, you should never manually change the item ID.


Review and specify any other options. When you are ready to create the custom activity, click Done.