Mar 22, 2017

A great deal has been written on the topic  of post-course evaluations (thank you Nicole Legault for your wonderful articles) as they relate to both instructor led and e-learning courses.  I am a huge proponent of the need for evaluations (formative and summative) for both instructor led and e-learning "courses."  Having recently created my first micro-learning session, I'm interested in feedback from the community at large concerning evaluations the same.   Your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc. are very much appreciated.  

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Alyssa Gomez

Hi there Paula,

Thanks for those kind words! I'll be sure to pass that along to Nicole. :)

This is an interesting topic, and I'm sure you'll get lots of thoughts and ideas from the community. And in case you haven't done so already, you may want to also post this question in the Building Better Courses side of the forums, which is more focused on how to, design, and instructional elements. 

Nicole Legault

Hi Paula - thanks so much for the kind shout-out! I'm really happy those articles were helpful for you. These are probably things I already mentioned in my articles but just to reiterate what I think is important.

... that the post-course eval focus on things like did the learners learn the tasks/knowledge they needed to know.... this will show that the business's bottom line was improved with the training

... that the post-course eval come pretty soon after they complete the e-learning, so they don't forget the experience, etc. However,  I don't usually have the learners complete them immediately when they finish the e-learning/training because I want to give them a chance to implement what they learned in the training first. I want their feedback in the post-course eval to tell me if they're using what they learned on the job, because at the end of the day, that's what I want. 

I try to make sure my post-course evals focus on the content, how it was delivered and if the learners gained the knowledge they needed. That's what matters more over say, the aesthetics of the course, how it looked, etc. 

Hope this is helpful! Thanks again for the nice comment :)

Paula Piccirillo

I'm grappling with the distinction between e-learning courses and micro-learning modules, and/or "one and done(s)."  There's very little written on the subject of evaluations for the latter learning modality.  Would learners really want to answer a survey about the quality and effectiveness of one 5 or 8 minute video?  I guess my question to the community is, are traditional methods of evaluation still relevant to micro-learning?  Thanks so much!

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