What makes an effective e-learning assessment?

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A well-formulated quiz is so much more than just a tool for recording mandatory training completion. Used correctly, an e-learning quiz can be as effective as the teaching material itself. Done poorly, however, and it can damage a student’s desire to learn.

At dreamm we understand assessments are a key part of the learning experience. They can motivate and inspire learners, reaffirm their knowledge and highlight areas for improvement. But creating an effective e-learning quiz is a lot harder than just skim reading the material and drafting a few quick questions.

The importance of feedback

Providing feedback is essential to help guide a student’s learning. If a learner isn’t informed about the assessment objectives and given no feedback when they get a section wrong, they will soon lose interest. Or, if they get an answer correct by chance but are not told why it will only hinder their development.

An effective assessment provides vital feedback to help motivate a learner, giving them a pat on the back for a job well done and support and encouragement to relearn material if necessary.

Assessments can be set at different stages during e-learning courses to offer a range benefits. Here are the three main types of assessments:

Pre-test assessment

Before a student even begins an e-learning course you can motivate their learning with a pre-test assessment. The aim of this non-graded quiz is to prepare students for the course ahead and check their current knowledge.

A pre-test assessment helps students identify sections where they need to pay more attention and motivates them to learn the material.

Formative assessment

The main aim of formative assessments is to monitor a student’s progress during the e-learning course. They are used to support rather than evaluate student learning and normally don’t have a score attributed to them. Formative assessments give constant feedback to both students and instructors. This helps students identify areas for improvement while highlighting their strengths. The feedback also allows instructors to recognise key sections where students may be struggling so they can reassess the material to address any issues.

Summative assessment

Summative assessments are often used to evaluate student learning. This means they are usually set at the end of an e-learning unit and given a pass mark. A student’s knowledge is tested against a benchmark to see how well they have understood the material.

Remedial feedback should be given during summative assessments. This involves highlighting a topic a student needs to revisit but not giving them any specific options. This prevents the learner retaking the quiz and passing without fully understanding the question. Students should be able to take a summative assessment as many times as they want, so they can go back and correct any mistakes once their knowledge has grown.

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