It’s easy to stick to the same old approach when it’s been working for years. Why fix something if it’s not broken? Paper based assessments have been the cornerstone of quiz taking since we were all in grade school (when we needed to hike uphill in 5 ft. if snow!) Well there are several advancements and key takeaways that come with digitizing your assessments.
Let’s look at three benefits of adopting digital assessments
No More Manual Grading
The days of checking who has the right answer is over and it’s time to put down the red pen. By putting your quiz into an eLearning format, answers are automatically checked to see if they are correct or not. You can even personalize the feedback. Want your learners to know why they got an answer wrong? Add the correct explanation after they get it wrong. Want to personalize each answer as to why it’s wrong? Add a description of why that choice is the wrong choice, and explain why the correct answer is the right decision. This seems like a lot more work, but it givers your students what they need: clarification and explanation.
Report Your Data with an LMS
Want to see who is performing poorly in your class about a certain safety procedure? Easily sort that data in an LMS and get an export of that class sorted by grade performance. This allows you to see who needs more attention and who might need a refresh of key principles. This is especially important when it comes to the safety of your employees and others. Your students can check their own grades and keep track of their progress. This also makes it easier to take tests. You don’t need to have that specific piece of paper in front of you, you can take the quiz anywhere a computer is accessible.
Gathering feedback from how the assessments are constructed from your students is now easier than ever. Attach a post-assessment digital survey to your assessments to see what your students think of the assessment process, what they think is performing well, and what could use improvement. It’s easy to get distracted by the novelty of it all, but to actually measure (For example, the Kirkpatrick Model of Evaluation) quantifiable results it is imperative to run an effective training course.
The Towson University Center for Professional Studies (CPS) develops customized workforce training programs. Our eLearning team has built courses that include safety compliance, computer software simulation, environmental awareness, emergency procedures, among others. If you have questions about digital assessments and eLearning tools, reach out to me.