According to Loughborough University and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), assessments are an integral part of the strategies formulated to improve learning quality. Assessments are a very essential part of an e-learning course as they motivate learners and help the organization evaluate and track learners’ progress.
So it’s very important to frame meaningful assessments that’ll test learners on the required learning points.
A well-structured question contains:
- Question stem: The stem is the first part of the question that presents a problem to be solved.
- Options: The options include the correct and incorrect answers.
- Feedback: The feedback is the information you provide in-detail to learners after they have selected the options.
Have a look at the example.
Though assessments are very important, we sometimes tend to commit mistakes while constructing them. Here are a few tips to avoid mistakes while creating assessments.
1. Do NOT create too easy or too difficult questions: The objective behind creating assessments is to test your learners’ understanding and not confuse them by asking tricky or difficult questions. Sometimes, we use the “distractors” in such a way that the answer becomes too obvious. We can avoid this problem by ensuring the distractors and the correct answer look similar and are of the same length.
2. Align questions with the learning objectives: Every learning objective must have at least one assessment question. This helps us evaluate whether the learning is accomplished or not.
Aligning assessments with learning objectives not only reinforces learning but also helps learners recall concepts effectively. Make sure that the question tests on the same thing mentioned in the learning objective.
3. Use clear and simple language: A question should be direct and as simple as possible. Using long paragraphs in questions may create unnecessary confusion and the learner may lose his interest.
4. Test the learner only on one learning point: This is an essential part one should remember while creating Every question must test the learner on only one idea to avoid distraction.
5. Give clear instructions: The instructions must be clear to enable the learner understand the activity he must perform to complete the task easily.
These tips help create effective assessments for you eLearning courses. Hope you find this blog informative. Please do share if you have anything to add to the list.