We’ve spoken about the importance of evaluation tests following e-learning courses that reinforce knowledge and allow us to follow-up with students, but this isn’t the only tool available. Reinforcement activities during the course are also a powerful tool to measure learning. Although they aren’t included in the final assessment grades, they help students practice and are a good guide to measure course content while they progress.
What do reinforcement activities include?
They are interactive in various formats, such as grouping, question-answer and filling the box, which test students’ knowledge during the course. Different to the final assessment, which includes all items, these focus on a specific topic, ideally, a topic that requires reinforcement.
How to create an activity
Did you know that isEazy has three types of activities? They are really easy to create:
- ABC Activity: The ABC test is a short questionnaire supported by images. You can include as many questions and probable answers as you wish (with corresponding answers). This is probably the most traditional activity, so add a little imagination so that it is creative and challenging.
- Grouping Activity. The student drags an image or word to the corresponding box. It is great for True or False exercises or when the learning goal is for students to correctly categorize various items.
- Fill in Activity. The third reinforcement option in isEazy consists of completing phrases. Provide a word bag to select from the drop-down menu and correctly complete a phrase. This is an ideal exercise for key item reinforcement.
Where should I place them?
The activities included will depend on how long the course is and the key items that require reinforcement. First think about:
- What are the key items? List the key items that need reinforcement.
- Where are the key items within the course? Check the screens and locate the sections with key items. If they are all on one slide or section, this is a good time to check the course structure. Your course should be engaging from A to Z, not only one section.
Once located, create activities for them, and place these activities immediately following. This will benefit your students, as they will receive additional information and will be able to work with it.
Tip: To use all isEazy reinforcement resources, you can split any screen and include an activity within a cell, and any other resource (such as video or audio) in another. This way, your activities will be interactive and much more engaging for your students.
If you still have doubts on where to place them, we suggest you place an activity every 6 or 7 slides. This helps change the speed and is a good time for reinforcement of previous learning. Try quick and dynamic activities so that students don’t feel constantly challenged, as this could be detrimental.
Comments: What is your experience with reinforcement activities in e-learning courses? As always, we love to receive comments!