Learning Assessments

Learning Assessments

Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire. (W.B. Yeats)

Accessing Learning

Whether we call them tests, knowledge checks, assessments, quizzes, exams or a host of other names they are essential for measuring the learners progress and whether learning outcomes have been achieved.

Why learners prefer eLearning

Can take place within a private space (95%)
Lack of travel (84%)
Better fit for schedule (60%)

Assessments also represent an opportunity to engage learners and receive their feedback. It helps the learner gauge their own knowledge and learning progress.

What Are You Measuring?

The starting point is to understand the “why” you are assessing and “what” do you want to achieve? Unless you’re clear on these two questions, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

You know from your initial course design what your course topics, content and learning objectives are. The learning assessment measures learning outcomes in respect of –

  • Increased Knowledge
  • Improved Skills
  • Changes in Attitude

There are a variety of e-learning assessment options. The more popular ones include –

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Drag and Drop
  • Fill in the Blank

  • Matching Lists
  • Sequence
  • Simulations
  • Open-Ended Questions

Assess your learners before they start your eLearning course. This gives you a pre-course baseline of their knowledge which you can compare with the course assessment results.

Assessment works best when it is throughout the course and at logical intervals. Give feedback after each question and use it as an opportunity to teach, correct misunderstandings and augment knowledge.

Bookmark and direct the learner to course materials or points in elearning videos where the answer is covered. Solicit feedback from learners through evaluation forms on course completion.

Assessments are essential for measuring the effectiveness of your eLearning courses.