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Asking The Right Questions – Why Assessments Are an Integral Part of eLearning

Any learning style requires a way for learners to revise and rethink about what they’ve just learned. Without assessing the knowledge they’ve been exposed to, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to retain it. Thus you’ll find assessments, tests or examinations in every learning strategy, whether it be classroom training or online training. Assessments are basically of two types: Formative assessments, which are given at the end of each chapter or topic to refresh what a learner has learned in that respective chapter or topic; and summative assessments, which are given at the end of the whole course or book, to assess learning as a whole. eLearning uses both types of assessments. But whichever way you choose to assess your learners, the right way to ask questions is something every course creator or instructional designer must know in order to ascertain the effectiveness of your eLearning course, to ensure knowledge transfer and to ensure knowledge transfer occurs the way it was intended (according to learning objectives). Let’s have a look at the type of questions you should use to ensure all of the above.

  1. Single Select Questions

Single select questions are the simplest way to check recall of concepts in the eLearning content, and are surprisingly easy to build. They are used in most eLearning courses due to ease of maintaining score when implemented.

  1. Multiple Select Questions

Multiple-select questions challenge learners by demanding a higher recall. They are little harder to create than single select questions, but measure a higher order of thinking in the learners.

  1. Match The Following

This is used to assess if learners can associate two concepts from within the content as well as differentiate between similar types of information. A little hard to build such types of questions, as the content needs to have a lot of similar or parallel information but great in measuring the learner’s ability to identify between two sets of data.

  1. Drag and Drop

This is used to assess the learner’s ability to categorize information. It demands a better understanding of concepts from learners, and is a higher level assessment exercise, just like match the following.

  1. Drop Down

This is a different way to present single select questions by categorizing information in the form of a drop down menu from which learners select the answer.

  1. Word builder or Crossword

This is a complex assessment exercise, but highly engaging. It transforms boring assessments into a game-like exercise. Learners will have to fill in answers down and across just like a crossword, based on the questions provided.

Finally, an instructional designer must never lose sight of an eLearning course’s learning objectives and goals. Many designers confuse the two or worse, think they are one and the same things. The learning goal is what a course creator is hoping to achieve by delivering the learning to the learner, whereas the learning objective(s) are how this goal will be achieved through smaller, doable and measurable objectives.

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