Using Pre-Test Activities to Tailor Course Content in E-Learning #206

Pre-Test Assessments in E-Learning #206: Challenge | Recap

Pre-tests are a common learning strategy designed to access learners’ prior knowledge and skills. Pre-tests taken at the beginning of the course and can be used to tailor content by allowing learners to skip over material they already know.

Based on the pre-test results, learners can:

  • Skip over an entire lesson
  • Jump to a specific point within a lesson
  • Take a custom learning path with only content they didn’t pass in the pre-test

We don’t see pre-tests used a lot in corporate e-learning either because they're unnecessary or more work than they're worth. Regardless of why they're not used, pre-tests are something course designers should know how to develop. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example of pre-tests and how they can be used to customize or personalize content for the learner.

This week’s challenge is more advanced that normal. You’ll need to work with variables to evaluate the pre-test results. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you get stuck or want someone to review your files.

Extra credit: Please share your source files if possible. This is a tougher topic but it’s one that also generates a lot of interest. Sharing source files is never required to participate in the challenges. And most times we get more than enough examples. I’m only mentioning it this week because of the topic.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you test your advanced Storyline skills in this week’s challenge, take a look at the slide-tastic examples your fellow community members shared in last week’s slider challenge:

Using Sliders in E-Learning

Using Sliders in E-Learning #205: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

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The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Tracy Carroll
Jodi M. Sansone

My Team is a Mess Demo: Download: I think I captured the spirit of this one. My demo is a "pre-test" that my business partner Jill and I use when we work with clients who are trying to improve the effectiveness of their teams. We have a perception "pre-test" we use to help them diagnose what issues they are facing. This demo has five little mini-quizzes that give your team a profile, then you can review the results and choose what you want to explore. If you take it for a spin, think of a team you are on and rate your team. If you are an organizational effectiveness fan you'll probably recognize the model we use. I've been thinking of putting it in Storyline, so thanks, David Anderson, for posting this challenges. I prob... Expand

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