One of the easiest ways to add some interactivity into any elearning course is to use knowledge checks and quizzing. In fact, with nearly every elearning development project I participated in, this was a requirement from the client.
We use quizzing for a variety of reasons, but mainly to reinforce the learning (or at least encourage participation) so that the key messages get internalized. However, it is important to remember that just adding random questions at the end of a lesson or topic does not guarantee learning.
The simple truth is that some quizzes are good and others are not – and this mostly comes down to how the questions are written.
When it comes to quizzing employees, there are some strategies that you can use in your quizzes, particularly with multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true or false question types. Besides not making your questions too easy, here are some other tips for making effective questions in your quizzes:
- Include only one correct answer per question.
- Make sure that the question is framed in a way to test knowledge and not the user’s ability to guess.
- Always randomize the question selection.
- Only include one blank per question.
- Place the blanks towards the end of the sentence.
- Since these questions test recall ability, they should be in regards to the most important takeaway points from the training.
True or False
- Frame the question so that it is clear on what exactly the user should be determining is true or false.
- Do not write the questions in negative form (i.e. “This is not the correct item”).
- Questions with the answer of “false” have been shown to test knowledge better than questions with the answer of “true”.