Formative and Summative Assessment Patterns in E-Learning

Formative and Summative Assessment Patterns in E-Learning

Assessment  Patterns in E-Learning

Remember the time when you were in school when those  tests and exams made you wait for your school life to end? Guess what? Tests, exam and assessment and whatever sorrow you might call it, will continue to haunt you for the rest of your life! So you might as well make peace with the fact that Life in itself is an assessment of sorts with no grades allocated. However, when it comes to e-learning, assessment is a serious forerunner to contemplating and completing your course.

Assessments  are  an integral part of gauging the understanding of the learner, about the subject at hand. They help organizations to keep track of their employee’s performance, while motivating the learner to do better. Commonly, e- learning courses within an organization are used for the purpose of career development. Irrespective of the fact when and how and where an e-learning course is used, assessments are an inevitable factor in the process. Let us take a look at the types of assessments and the formats in which they are presented.

Formative assessments provide ongoing feedback immediately after a chapter or module. This helps in recognizing and addressing problems immediately. Formative assessments generally have no points or scores as they just prepare the learner for the final assessment at the end of the course

A Summative assessment on the other hand, is an evaluation at the end of the course, usually with preconceived standards of excellence, along with a high point value. Basically, this is ‘final examination’ of your course. Interestingly, summative assessments can also be used formatively, in subsequent courses. Ideally, summative and formative assessments are shown  in the following ways :

Single Select: Evaluates learners analytical skills. Here the learner must choose the correct answer from the list of options given. Feedback needs to be given in the form of correct and incorrect message.

Single Select Assessment in eLearning

Multiple Select: Usually used to recall concepts, the learner must choose the correct options, usually two or three, depending on the question. Feedback needs to be given in the form of correct, incorrect or perusal message.

Multiple Select Assessment in eLearning

Drag and Drop: Mostly used for recall of keywords, in context of a sentence or, a phrase. The learner is required to drop the correct answer in the corresponding box or tab.

Drag and Drop Assessment in eLearning

Matching: Shows the relationship between two sets of data, one having to match the other. The learner is expected to match the corresponding right answers.

Matching Assessment in eLearning

Drop Down: Gauges the learners’ methodical reasoning. The learner must choose the right answer from the options given. The options are shown a drop down box, which and the cursor can be used to click on the options.

Drop Down Assessment in eLearning

When it comes to e-learning, assessments are tools that measure knowledge skills and attitude of the learner, while determining the next step, in terms of growth within an organization

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Sonal is an Instructional Designer at CommLab India with a passion for instructional design. She specializes in creating storyboards, writing scripts, developing instructional strategies.

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