How to use exams for assessing eLearning performance

Assessment is one of the most crucial phases of delivering eLearning. Effective eLearning assessment is essential for everything from delivering formal compliance requirements to deciding how courses need to be improved. In this article, I show how exams can be used to successfully assess eLearning performance.

Objectives

Depending on your objectives, assessing learner progress can be the most critical phase of delivering training programs. If you're working to meet internal or external compliance requirements, you'll need to formally track evaluation and assessment. Or you may be more interested in using eLearning assessment to measure course effectiveness for your own improvement purposes. In both cases, exams and certification can be very useful for motivating learners and assessing what they've retained after completing your course. In this article, I list some quick and easy ways to use exams to deliver successful learning outcomes.

One important consideration before we begin is whether or not to use packaged content or not. You can create examinations directly within most LMSes, using the tools within their interface. However, you can also create assessment within courses created using a 3rd party authoring tool. These tools create packaged content that can be uploaded to any SCORM or Tin Can (xapi) compliant LMS. For more information on SCORM or Tin Can check out the technical help section of our blog.

How To Use Exams For eLearning Assessment

Exams can be a highly effective tool for testing learner knowledge. Trainers use exams to gauge learner understanding of course content and to reinforce key takeaways. The type of exam an admin creates usually depends on what they want to assess and their reasons for assessment. If you're interested in using exams to assess eLearning, consider:

Creating question pools.

Selecting question types.

When you create a question it is usually stored in a pool or bank of questions which can be labelled by topic or question type.

Exam Rules

 

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