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Adding Knowledge Checks to your eLearning course

When creating eLearning one way to engage learners is to use knowledge checks. Knowledge checks are questions that are periodically placed throughout an eLearning course, these questions test the learner on what they have just learned and helps to reinforce what you are trying to teach them.

1. Not covered in the learning content

One of the most important things to consider when adding knowledge check questions to your eLearning course is that the questions only test the learner on what is covered in the course. When creating questions think about the content that is in the course, and only test the learners on that content. If you create knowledge check questions that go beyond what is being taught learners may not be able to answer them which can result in your learners becoming frustrated and having a bad experience.

2. Question is too hard

Another thing to consider is the difficulty of the questions you use in your course. When adding knowledge check questions, you should think carefully about how difficult you make the questions, if the questions are too hard or about an obscure part of your course your learners may get frustrated and feel that they are not learning what you are trying to teach. Try to test the learners on the core concepts of the course, think about the main goals and learning objectives of the course and try to test them on that. On the other side of this you also do not want to make the questions too easy resulting in the learners being able to guess the answer without thinking, to avoid this try to add some distractors that make the learner think bout the answer they are choosing.

3. Make it interactive

In some cases, you may only be able to use a standard multiple-choice or multiple-selection question to test your learners on a subject. However, if possible try to use other types of knowledge check questions to add some interactivity to your course. For example, one type of question you could use is a drag-and-drop style question, for these types of questions the learner has a drag object (e.g. an image or some text) to a specific area called a drop zone, if the learner does not drag the correct objects to the correct drop zone they fail the question. This type of question can be useful if learners have to match pairs of information.


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