Using our unique assessment suite

Ed's learning management platform has been built from the ground-up with the core design tenant that any instructional designer using our system would have total confidence that they have a complete understanding of their learners' knowledge and progress.

Previously on the blog we talked about how Ed's survey templates allow instructional designers to ask learners for feedback on how they feel about their own understanding of content.

This week we look at three features which allow you to asses learners' knowledge on a topic in a standardised format, using Ed's interactive templates. Specifically, we'll be looking at the case where learners' performance in two identical tests is compared, one taken before completing the a course, and one taken after.

Disabling automatic reinforcement

Ed's interactive question-and-answer templates have reinforcement built in - i.e. when a learner answers a question, they receive immediate reinforcement as to whether they answered correctly, what the correct answer was, and some extra information about the context of the question.

This approach to learning improves retention compared to other methods (Anderson and Mayhew 1980, Brackbill 1964) and is perfect for interactive lessons which use active learning to get across information. However, when constructing an unbiased test lesson, especially in the case where identical tests will be provided before and after completing the course, showing learners the correct answer when they first undertake the test would skew results.

To help you create quality tests, Ed allows you to disable answer feedback at the click of a button on the lesson dashboard, which automatically updates your lesson to one which does not provide takeaways in interactive templates. At this point you will also want to set the lesson to lock immediately after completion, so that the learner can't revisit the content to get a better score, or practice answering the questions.

At this point, you can create your test using the same interactive templates as you would in a standard lesson, with the understanding that the correct answer for each question will be hidden from your learners.

Duplicating a lesson

In keeping with Ed's rapid authoring philosophy, we don't ask you to re-create your test lesson word-for-word. In fact, you can make a copy of a lesson from its dashboard, so you only need to make your test once.

Not only can this feature can be used to create identical copies of a test (to ensure that comparison in performance between tests is perfectly accurate), it can also be used to set up a test "template", which can then be copied to future courses as you choose.

In cases where the "template" methodology is used, survey templates are typically used to ask learners to self-assess their expertise in the topic of the course.

Viewing learners' scores

Once a learner has completed a course, you can view their score for each lesson of the course in the user analytics page and clicking through to the content drilldown page.

From here, you can see for each lesson of the course the best score the learner achieved, and how many attempts they have taken at the lesson. This allows you to easily compare performance in each of the tests presented, regardless of the format you chose to present them in.

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