What questions to include in post-course evals?

Hey helpful community peeps, 

Recently I had a community member ask me about how to create effective post-course evaluations. I thought it was a great question that hasn't been discussed recently so I'm bringing it up here!

Do you create post-course evals, and if so, what questions do you include? More importantly, how do you make sure the evaluation goes beyond being just a "smiley sheet"? How can you ensure it's a tool that measures more than learners opinions?

Do you have any tips on how to craft a proper post-course evaluation? Or any suggestions for questions to include that will actually measure and identify changes in performance?

I'd love to hear from instructional designers on this topic! Thanks in advance!

3 Replies
Carolyn Sosnowski

I second the recommendation for Will Thalheimer's work. He has a lot of helpful information on his site, including this post: https://www.worklearning.com/2018/01/24/updated-smile-sheet-questions-for-2018/

The focus is not on the immediate impression of the learner, but how will they take the information presented and implement it successfully.