Experts say we should embed interactivity into eLearning courses every three to five screens. Involving the learner in the content of courses increases the level of learning. In Lectora, you can add “knowledge checks ” as interactive elements that engage learners and show you if they are absorbing information and achieving learning objectives. Here are guidelines to help you get started with knowledge checks in your courses and some examples in Lectora for inspiration.
Creating Knowledge Checks
- Use these activities to reinforce the explicit or implicit learning (or performance objectives) of the course.
- The number of knowledge checks should be consistent with the most important learning points.
- Be sure to provide feedback to the learner about the activity relative to its learning purpose.
- Provide feedback for both correct and incorrect answers.
- Allow the learner to repeat knowledge check activities as many times as they want before advancing in the course. You may consider having the learner repeat activities until they get them correct before proceeding.
- The placement of knowledge checks should be close to the learning they are about. If you want consistent placement, wrap up each topic or lesson with these activities.
Since the results of knowledge checks with Lectora can be sent to your LMS and tracked, you can design and use knowledge checks to help you understand your learning audience and improve the design of courses
- Pre-assess knowledge of all learners to be sure the training isn’t too elementary for the audience
- Pre-assessment helps serve training content to an individual learner’s level in custom courses
You do not need to track results when providing self-assessment quizzes that help learners track their own progress.
- Learners can use knowledge checks to see if they are grasping the material before a major test
- Provide extra challenges and information for advanced learners
Common methods for checking progress include multiple choice, drag and drop, and true and false quizzes, but there are many others. Below are several examples to give you ideas on how to develop knowledge checks in Lectora.
Drag and Drop – This course trains pharmacy employees about cholesterol medicine. The knowledge check tests to see if the employee understands the implications of diet on cholesterol levels. Click the picture to try the drag and drop example.
True and False – This knowledge check is part of a business ethics course and asks questions concerning judgment in a given situation. Once the employee chooses an answer, they receive immediate feedback on their choice. Click the picture to see how the true and false questions work.
Matching – A healthcare products company uses this course to train employees on hazardous materials. This knowledge check asks employees to use matching to check if they know how to label hazardous waste for shipping. Click on the example to try the matching exercise.
Multiple Choice – A manufacturing company uses this eLearning course to train employees about injury in the workplace. The multiple choice knowledge check will reveal if the learner is retaining the information presented. Click the picture to see how a multiple choice knowledge check works.
True and False – This driver’s license study course includes a highly graphical test that includes true or false questions. Click the picture to see how the driving pop quiz works.
You can easily create graded assessments within Lectora courses using question types such as multiple choice, true false, matching, fill in the blank, hot spot, and drag-and-drop. If you are publishing your title to a Learning Management System (LMS), test results are sent automatically to the LMS. Otherwise, you can configure your test results to be stored in a custom database or sent to a specified email address.
The samples in this blog were created by our Custom Development Services team. See more of their work. You can also download a free trial of Lectora Inspire and create your own assessments. Download the 30-day trial here.
Christie Wroten graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English and Writing. When she's not writing about e-Learning, Christie enjoys traveling or playing piano and guitar.