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4 Effective Ways of Providing Feedback in eLearning

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4 Effective Ways of Providing Feedback in eLearning

The ultimate goal of developing an eLearning course is to help employees learn and apply the learning in their day-to-day activities or jobs. Providing feedback for assessment helps achieve this to some extent. Giving appropriate and explanatory feedback for assessments helps the learner reinforce his knowledge. They help him retain the information for a long period of time. Thus, feedback plays a vital role in eLearning.

Here are a few ways that help you give feedback in a highly effective and interesting manner.

1. Tell the Learner Why He Is Correct

Many a time, learners answer multiple choice questions (MCQs) correctly even though they are not sure of the right option.They may guess the right answer So, it is very essential to explain the learner why the selected option is correct.

Additionally, it is a good practice to tell why the other options (distracters) are incorrect. This explanation will help the learner get a clear understanding of concepts.

2. Explain Why He Is Incorrect

If a learner selects the wrong option, don’t simply give a statement saying, “Sorry, that’s incorrect!” Let the learner try again, and even then, if he fails to give the right answer, provide the proper explanation saying why the option is wrong, and then, give the correct option with an explanation of why it is correct. This helps the learner reinforce his knowledge.

3. Allow Revisits to the Page

If the learner fails to select the correct option, even after several attempts, then provide feedback telling him why he is wrong and give a reference link that directs him to the related slide or content. The learner can go through the content again and get a grip on it.

4. Use Phrases to Motivate

Instead of simply saying, “Yes, that’s correct!” or “No, that’s incorrect!”, we can make use of some phrases to motivate the learner. Use phrases like “Bingo”, “Hurray”, “Well Done” etc. when the correct option is selected. They go a long way in boosting the learner’s interest. In the same way, when the wrong option is selected we can say “Give it another try”, “You are almost there” and so on. This prevents the learner from losing his confidence even when he selects the wrong option.

These are some of the effective ways of providing feedback in eLearning. Do you have anything to add to this list?

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