Assessments help you evaluate your learners’ or colleagues' understanding of a subject and in turn, help you refine the learning content created. Creating assessments or quizzes is easy once you know the whats and whys of the different types of assessment.
According to Raccoon Gang, “today’s assessment is not just about how much learners know but it is more about how well they know”. This truly resonates with our idea of assessing and measuring learners’ level of understanding in a meaningful way. Easygenerator offers eleven specific types of assessments that instructors or trainers could use as part of their e-learning and blended learning courses.
We have created a short course to help you truly understand the purpose of each assessment type. This course goes into detail about when and what you should and should not include in your e-learning assessments. In this blog post, we give you a short overview of the various assessment types.
Types of assessment available in Easygenerator:
Use case: For Traditional Testing
True/False questions require a candidate to assess whether a statement is true or not. These questions can be used when the trainer or author wishes to measure a learner’s ability to identify whether statements of fact are accurate or not.
Multiple Choice Question:
A traditional multiple choice question is one in which a student chooses multiple answers from a number of choices supplied.
Single Choice Question:
Single choice questions present a learner with a multiple choice question that has only one correct answer. In a single-choice question, there is only a single correct answer and the rest of the options are distractors.
Use case: For Word Based Responses
Open-ended questions do not have a single right answer. Usually, they require more effort to answer, because the learner has to have an underlying understanding of the subject.
Fill in the blanks:
Fill in the blanks questions usually contain a sentence or paragraph featuring a blank space. This blank space represents a word or phrase that has intentionally been left out, and the learner inputs the correct answer to fill in the blank. A learner has either to type in the correct word or select the correct option from a drop-down list.
Use case: For Visual Responses
Single Image choice:
Single choice image questions are best used for checking whether learners can recognize facts that have one, clearly correct answer.
Hotspot questions allow you to present the learners with an image and let them identify one or more spots on that image. It is a very graphical and interactive way to assess your learners.
Use case: For Groups (Matching, Sorting, Ranking)
Text matching questions consist of two rows of text represented by jigsaw pieces. The learners' task is to match the corresponding pairs.
Ranking text questions ask respondents to relate items in a column to one another and rank items in regard to preference or significance.
Drag & Drop:
A drag-and-drop question has a set of two or more possible answers that you drag to response targets. The target might be a block, a table, or another location on the screen. Essentially, in drag-and-drop questions, you will move words, small images, or short phrases on a computer screen to target areas.
Use case: For Decision Making
Branching scenarios tell a story and pose challenges in a real-world context that learners can understand and identify with. They are a great way for learners to practice their skills in realistic situations. Learners can test out different approaches in a low-risk setting when choosing how to respond to tough scenarios.
To learn more about the various question types and how and when to use them, take a look at our Assessment Types Tutorial.
In this course, you will understand the following aspects of assessments:
- When to use it: We indicate the purpose of each assessment type for you to make an initial decision of which type of assessment should be used.
- Use cases: We exemplify the common use cases possible with each assessment type.
- Tips: We share some of the tried and tested best practices of each assessment type.
- How does it help: We indicate the resulting testing effect of an assessment type, for instance: memory recall, active learning and so on.
How do you use assessments in your e-learning and blended learning courses? Do write back and share your thoughts and comments.