An assessment is the measurement of learners’ achievement of the learning outcomes. The purpose of assessments is to evaluate the learner and reinforce learning. Assessments also serve as a means to organize a course by providing a transition between major sections.
Organizations spend their efforts, time, and finances on training employees. However, do they really know the outcome of their training initiatives? In an organization’s context, learning effectiveness is measuring how learning translates into work and productivity, and thereby, growth in the business. Assessments are one of the best ways to measure the learning outcomes of online training and ILT sessions.
A common method to reinforce learning and check learners’ understanding of any particular subject is through assessments. Multiple choice questions (MCQs) are one of the most preferred question types. In MCQs, the learner answers a question by selecting the best possible answer from the given options.
Good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective e-learning course. They go a long way in evaluating the learner’s ability to transfer the knowledge gained to the workplace. So, how can you evaluate your online learners effectively? What does it take to design a good e-learning assessment? Well, you need to focus on 3 important aspects.
It is well-known that effective assessments in your online courses go a long way in measuring the progress of your learners. But, how can you design good assessments that do not stress the learner and are fun-filled? Well, a good option is to gamify your assessments.
Here is an info-graphic that shows how 5 popular games were used in the creation of effective eLearning assessments.
In an earlier blog, I had shared research by Dr. Carol Dweck and indicated how the outcome of this research could be valuable for eLearning and training managers in terms of providing feedback.
In this blog, I would like to go a step further and share some tips on how growth mindset can be subtly instilled by some careful alterations or wordings in the way we write our eLearning curriculum.
“You really can’t be a good manager if you don’t have a growth mindset.”
- Dr. Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor, Stanford University and author of Mindset- the new psychology of success
Providing feedback is an important component of summative or formative assessments in an eLearning course. As an eLearning developer or training manager, the onus of motivating employees and peers to augment their skills and knowledge lies with them. So, what do eLearning and training managers learn from Dr. Carol Dweck, who suggests that managers have “Growth Mindset”?
Scenario in eLearning assessments is where you present a problem to the learner, and ask to select a best solution from the given options. Scenarios help to make assessments more interesting and can help in evaluating the learning outcomes at a higher level. Scenarios make eLearning quite interesting and they add life to evaluations.