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Assessments in E-learning Courses

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

Assessments in E-learning Courses

Assessments measure the learner’s achievement of learning objectives. They are used to reinforce learning and also help to evaluate the learners’ comprehension of the course. Assessments can be given either after the completion of each topic as Formative Assessments or at the end of the course as Summative Assessments.

Formative assessments are used to measure and monitor the learning achievement during the learning process. Summative assessments are for measuring and evaluating learning achievement at the end of learning.

While framing assessments questions, always remember to link them to the learning objectives.

Components of Assessments Questions

An assessment question has the following components:

Question Stem: This includes the appropriate action verb to link to the learning objectives and should be based on the importance of the topic.

Options: This includes the correct option/s and the distractors. While giving the correct options, make sure that the correct options are clear and simple. Distractors should be plausible, consistent, and should belong to the same family as the correct option. To know more Click Here.

Feedback: This is a very important part of the assessment, as this will help the learners to improve in their learning process. Also, assessments should always state why the answer is correct or incorrect. For more information Click Here.

Question Types

Different types of questions can be included in an eLearning course. These include:

  • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Single Select
    • Multiple Select
  • Matching
  • Fill in the blanks

Multiple Choice Questions: They are of two types

  • Single select
  • Multiple select

Single Select: This helps in evaluating the analytical skills of learners, where they choose the correct answer from a list of options given. Make sure to use words that are precise and unambiguous.

Single select

Multiple Select: Use multiple select to recall concepts that the learner will have to choose from the options. Usually in this, there are two or three correct options. While framing the options and distractors, see that all the options are of the same length.

Multiple Select

Matching: Matching illustrates the relationship between two sets of data, where one should be matched to the other. The learner is expected to match the corresponding right answers.

Matching

Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the blank evaluates the exact text match where the learner needs to insert a word or phrase in the blank. But remember to keep the answers simple and limited to as minimum as one word. Providing flexibility, such as the answers not being case sensitive but are evaluated based only on spelling, will make it easier for the learner and reduce all ambiguity about the course.

There can be many forms of presenting fill in the blanks. The commons ways are:

  • Drop down

Drop down

  • Type the answer

Type the answer

In eLearning, assessments are the tools to measure the knowledge, skills, and attitude of the learner, while determining the next step, in terms of growth within an organization. Do share your thoughts on the same.

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