Re-taking a course with a final quiz/assessment - Thoughts on how to fast-track learners?

We've recently launched a course where people have to score 80% on an end-of-course quiz, in order to be flagged complete.

They're shown 10 questions, and have two attempts at each.

If they don't pass, they're forced to close out of the course, and relaunch it.

They can short-cut through the end of chapter quizzes without revising the content, if they feel they know the topic.

The vast majority of learners have passed on the 'first' go, though I've seen some extremes. There's also been a couple of negative comments about the structure. It's been fascinating insight as to how many attempts people take (usually we just allow them to jump back around to the final quiz until they pass it, so don't usually get this level of reporting).

My question...

Our LMS doesn't support xAPI, is there a good means of allowing people to jump back to the final quiz when they relaunch the course, without allowing/signposting first-timers to skip the course and go straight to the quiz?

I feel like I need a Streetfighter-style cheat code or similar!

6 Replies
Kristin Hatcher

Hi Joe, we use SCORM 2004 in our LMS, and usually have our courses set to allow users to return to where they left off, meaning when they returned to the course they could go right to the final exam. So my course menu is set to "restricted," meaning that they can go to any slide they've already seen before, but they can't jump ahead to slides they haven't seen. 

I think what you're saying is that when they relaunch the course, the course "re-sets" so they have to go through the whole course again? It's possible that this is necessary, based on the material. I would say to those participants, "if you can't pass the test in a couple of tries, then you may not have been paying attention."

You can also set the menu to "free" so participants can jump around the course, although this would allow everyone to skip past the course content. 

Does this help?

Joe Boss

Hi Kristin thanks for the speedy reply.

I think our LMS' behaviour is that once a course is flagged 'complete' (be that a pass or a fail), the previous progress tracking is effectively wiped. The option to view the course content, turns into 'Review' rather than 'Launch'.

Conversely, if we use Complete/Incomplete in the output... This doesn't force them to exit out after a failed quiz, then they can usually resume from some point in the course (though from experience, it may not necessarily return them to the final quiz).

"It's possible that this is necessary, based on the material. I would say to those participants, "if you can't pass the test in a couple of tries, then you may not have been paying attention."

You would be amazed at some of the responses, though the vast majority have managed it on the first run through so relatively confident in the content. 

I think ultimately we might have to view this as an interesting experiment that we shouldn't repeat. Can't set the Menu to 'free' because of the opportunity for people to skip to the end, but thinking maybe an invisible trigger somewhere on the menu slide might have got around it.

Could then say on the final quiz failure slide 'You didn't pass. To return to this quiz, close your course and when you relaunch, select the (blue square)' or similar.

Thaddeus Ashcliffe

Create final exam in storyline.  If pass then proceed to slide with the course complete. 

If not set a varaible [ReTake] to true.  Have the different paths for those where [ReTake] is true. 

I would suggest if you do this you grade each section of the course separately.

So if they pass Modules 2,4,5 they don't have to take them again, but they still need to go through modules 1, and 3.


Joe Boss

Thanks Thaddeus. The issue is that the LMS (Oracle) treats a relaunch post-failure as a progress reset.

I could potentially mimic that structure by publishing each of the 'modules' separately I suppose. Oracle allows for multiple activities per 'course', though like most LMS, there's no support for multi-SCO. Food for thought, anyway.