The final assessment test of an e-learning course is the perfect tool to assess learning and comprehension. Assessments also reinforce the learning material, as they remind students key learning points. This is why assessment tests should be designed efficiently, and here we present you the key items to achieve this.
How should an assessment test be presented?
To know how to design an intelligent assessment test, it is important that you ask yourself a couple of questions beforehand. Concentrate, and ask yourself:
- What are the educational goals? Questions must be aligned to the course goals so that students better retain key learning.
- What are the key items? Write a list of key items that you want students to retain and base your questions on them.
- What type of questions should I include? Forget about tricky questions, memorization skills or material not included in the course. The assessment should only be based on the content of the course. Try to avoid long, convoluted, redundant or difficult questions. Use simple and direct language that isn’t vague. It is always better to pose questions that allow to think about acquired learning and prove that it has been assimilated. For example, look at these two questions:
- Where should you store the flippers not used by students if swimming class cannot take place in an outdoor pool due to rain or poor weather during swimming classes held in the summer?
- Imagine that a swimming class is cancelled at the outdoor pool due to rain and/or poor weather. Where would you store the flippers that won’t be used?
The second option is shorter, clearer and includes all relevant information.
How do you configure an assessment test for your e-learning course?
It is very easy with IsEazy. See how!
- Activate the test option.
- You can include an introduction, personalize the home page, choose the required passing grade, and decide how many tries students will have on the Configuration screen.
- You can personalize each question, include a photograph and include all the probable answers that you want. Don’t forget to mark the correct answer!
- If you wish, you can show comments in feedback form regarding the grade. Feedback lets you personalize the assessment, congratulate students for a good grade or remind those failing of the key items they should review before taking the test again.
- isEazy lets you design questions in bulk, for example, from 20 to 30 questions, and that some, for example, 5 to 10 at random, show up during the assessment test. This makes each test different.
Remember: good assessments allow for valuable feedback about students’ learning of key items. And while you design it, take the opportunity to review if the course content is necessary and sufficient to meet the learning goals.
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