Quizzing is an integral part of most e-learning courses. It’s how you gauge learner understanding and ensure everyone has taken their assigned training. But quizzing isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. When it comes to e-learning projects, each one has its own unique set of requirements. And it’s your job—as the e-learning designer—to come up with creative solutions that meet your tracking needs and provide your learners with an optimal learning experience.
We’ve been working on some great new quiz tracking features that make it even easier for you to design custom quiz experiences for your learners. Let’s look at some of the ways you can put these robust features to good use.
1. Allow Learners to Test Out of Your Course
If you’re creating an e-learning course for learners with differing levels of prior knowledge on the topic at hand, why not give advanced learners the opportunity to test out of your course from the get-go? That way, if they already know the content backward and forward, they won’t waste any of their valuable time clicking through your course. And if it turns out they don’t know as much as they thought they did, they can take your course to learn more. Here’s an example of what that experience might look like:
With the new Expanded Quiz Tracking feature in Storyline 360, you can create a course with both a pre-check and a final assessment. If the learner passes the pre-check, the score they received will be sent to the LMS when they exit the course. If they fail, they can complete the course, take the final assessment, and that score will be reported instead.
And it’s super easy to set up! Simply open the LMS tracking options and ensure you’ve selected Pre-Check for the first quiz and Final Assessment for the second one, as shown below:
2. Create One Course with Multiple Learning Paths
Have you ever needed to create a course on a topic for different populations? Let’s say you’re building a course on conflict management for individual contributors and people managers. You could create two separate courses, but since a lot of the information overlaps, that might create extra work for you down the line if any of the content needs updating. Not to mention that with two courses, you’d have to upload and track them separately in your LMS. What a headache!
Another way to handle this situation would be to create one course with multiple learning paths, like in the example below:
But if you have a quiz for each role, how do you track only the quiz that the learner viewed? With the new Expanded Quiz Tracking feature, it’s easy. All you need to do is ensure that both quizzes are marked as Final Assessments in the LMS tracking window, as shown below:
3. Give Learners More Than One Way to Succeed
Another way to tackle training a group of learners with varying degrees of knowledge on a topic is by giving them a few different ways to complete your course. For example, let’s say the majority of your learners have no prior knowledge of your content, so you’d like to ensure they’ve viewed a certain number of slides in order to get credit for the course. But then let’s say that another group of learners has a great deal of prior knowledge on the topic. Instead of forcing all the learners—even those who are already well-versed in the subject matter—to take your course from start to finish, why not give everyone the best of both worlds?
- allow advanced learners to complete the course by passing the pre-check
- allow novice learners to complete the course by viewing a certain number of slides
With the new Track Multiple Completion Criteria feature, you can do just that! You can select one, two, or all three of the possible completion methods in the LMS tracking window:
Then, whichever one the learner completes first is submitted to your LMS. It’s as easy as that!
4. Create a Quiz That Adapts Based on the Learner’s Responses
Want to really dig in and determine whether your learners have grasped the content of your course? Try building a quiz that dynamically adapts the questions learners see based on their responses. For example, let’s say a learner answers a question about Topic 1 incorrectly. Before presenting them with a question on Topic 2, you might want to ask a follow-up question about Topic 1. By giving them another chance to test their knowledge of Topic 1, you can determine whether they need a refresher.
Here’s an example of what that might look like when you’re authoring:
In the example above, you can see there are a total of seven possible questions, but each learner only sees three. Now, you might be wondering, but how do I ensure that learners aren’t penalized for the questions they skip over? Thanks to the new Score Only Viewed Questions feature in Storyline 360, it’s simple.
Once you’ve set up your branching, just navigate to the results slide, open the quiz settings, and check the box next to Only Score Viewed Questions:
Storyline 360 takes care of the rest!
We hope you’re as excited about these new features as we are! We can’t wait to hear about all the great ways you put them to use. For more detailed information on these features, check out this tutorial.
And for more tips on creating effective quizzes with Storyline 360, be sure to dig into all the great resources in this article: Your One-Stop Shop for Storyline 360 Quiz-Building Tips.
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