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The types of knowledge checks you should use in your eLearning

When designing and developing eLearning, knowledge checks are a key thing you should include to ensure you courses are interactive and engaging. Knowledge checks are questions that are asked periodically throughout a course and tests the learner on course content. The benefit of this is that it adds interactivity to your course and helps learners to reinforce what they have just learned.

Below are some of the types of knowledge checks you can use in your eLearning.

1. Multiple Choice

A multiple-choice question is one of the most common types of questions you can use for a knowledge check in eLearning. In a multiple choice question the learner is presented a question and then selects one answer from a list of answers (typically this type of question would have 3-6 potential answers). Once the learner selects the answer, they are given a correct or incorrect feedback response. This type of question is best to use when the learner needs to know a specific piece of information, the question can be made harder by adding distractors (incorrect answers) that are similar to the correct answer. As a tip if you have one of the answers as “All of the above” make sure that answer shuffling is disabled for this question.

2. Multiple Selection

Another type of question that you can use in your eLearning is a multiple selection question. For a multiple section question the user is presented with a question and then asked to select multiple answers from a list of answers. This type of question is best to use when you want the learner to recall multiple things about a specific topic. For example, if you are teaching learners about health and safety, you might get them to select all the things they need to do in an emergency situation. Unlike multiple choice questions which only have a pass or fail option, with multiple selection questions you can choose to give partially correct feedback, this means if the learner selects some of correct answers, they will receive a partially correct feedback response.

3. Image-based

In addition to these knowledge checks you could also use an image-based knowledge check. An image-based knowledge check is a question that asks the user to interact with an on-screen image in some way. Image-based knowledge checks are best to use when you want to replicate something that the learner will have to do on the job. For example, it could be used in systems training where the learner has to click specific parts of an image and perform a series of steps just like they would in the real world. The benefit of using this type of knowledge check is that it allows learners to practice using a system in a safe environment where they wont impact other people.


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