With the explosion of digital media and alternative learning platforms, it is easier than ever before to help your employees learn important skills that pertain to their jobs. However, creating e-Learning materials and creating effective e-Learning materials are two different matters. You want to do the latter, right?
One simple way to make your content more powerful is to quiz learners along the way so they have to work to access it. This engages them and helps them assess whether they’re actually learning. Here are six types of quiz questions to start using in your e-courses today.
1. Multiple Choice
Multiple choice questions are among the most effective ways to test learners on the content of the e-course. They present several possible answers to a question, only one of which is right and the others being “distractors” meant to draw attention away from the real answer.
Although it might seem like a simple matter to just crank out some multiple choice questions, if you aren’t careful you end up testing students’ deductive reasoning abilities rather than their actual knowledge of subject material. While it’s great for learners to possess deductive reasoning skills, this isn’t directly related to the material at hand. Get closer to testing actual material with these multiple choice question tips from Vanderbilt University. Hint: always ask a direct question.
2. Yes or No
One of the easiest ways to frame questions is in yes or no format. Simply put, this involves asking a question to which the learner either answers yes or no. Examples include:
- Is it okay to enter the warehouse before your supervisor?
- Is three minutes on each side long enough to cook a hamburger?
- Should you press potential clients to sign up for your product immediately rather than letting them think on it?
Open-ended questions are most useful if you a) are going to be looking over the answers and want to see what your employees think about a certain subject, or b) if you merely want to get your employees thinking creatively about a problem that doesn’t have one defined solution. Because open-ended questions are inherently open, however, it’s important for you to be very clear about what you’re asking, since there are no answers from which to choose.
4. Fill in the Blank
Also called completion questions, no-hint fill-in-the-blank questions require that learners actually know the correct answer. While you can place a set of possible answers below, this is not as effective a way to test actual knowledge (though in a quiz setting, it might be helpful initially). Once you’re really looking for mastery, however, provide a sentence with blanks in it and no hints. The example offered by the Kansas State Department of Education is as follows:
“According to Freud, personality is made up of three major systems, the________, the _________ and the __________.” Note the usefulness of this approach for situations in which knowing an exact phrase is crucial.
Matching, like fill-in-the-blank questions with hints, gives learners a little more to go on, and is therefore a good approach if you want to give students more time to absorb material. In a matching question, you provide several phrases or concepts along with several words, and the learner has to fill in which word goes with which phrase or concept.
You can write definition quiz questions two different ways: matching definitions to words using the above format, or offering definitions and expecting learners to fill in the words themselves. Again, the latter format is better if you are really looking for mastery, and the former if the purpose of the quiz is to cement knowledge.
Is there one tool to include this all?
You can take advantage of these and other types of quiz questions by using the advanced quiz-authoring tool from iSpring. Check out this awesome sample quiz created with iSpring Quiz Maker.
Now that you have some ideas for writing good quiz questions, the quality of your e-courses will likely improve. Whether you’re experimenting with mobile learning or creating PowerPoint courses to use in the office, overseeing groups in a lab or assigning courses to learners on their own time, quiz questions are a powerful way to take learning to the next level.