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Essentials of Writing E-Learning Quizzes and Polls

Enrich interactivity and learning with immediate knowledge checks.

Explore ways to decide what content to include in quizzes, and how to construct effective quiz questions. Choose whether true/false, multiple choice, or another method works best for particular examples.

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Credits: CPLP 6.0 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): E-Learning Professional More
Language(s): English


Course Info

You know that frequent interactivity, including quizzes, is essential to creating effective e-learning. But how do you make sure your quizzes and polls are accessing the key points of learning? And, just as important, how can you use quizzes and other evaluations to advance learning goals?

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You know that frequent interactivity, including quizzes, is essential to creating effective e-learning. But how do you make sure your quizzes and polls are accessing the key points of learning? And, just as important, how can you use quizzes and other evaluations to advance learning goals?

In this course, you will explore how to choose content and construct effective quiz questions, as well as whether true/false, multiple choice, or another method works best for a given situation. You will also examine what makes a good but fair distracter, and how to combine quizzes with case studies, labs, and examples. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Write a formal training objective.
  • “Retrofit” a training module with clear objectives.
  • Identify knowledge versus skills learning.
  • Name three different purposes for quizzes.
  • Construct effective questions for quizzes, tests, and polls.
  • Use a worksheet to organize questions, distracters, hints, and feedback.
  • Create varied learning experiences by incorporating the concepts of quizzing into e-learning for hard and soft skills.

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Topic 1 - Introduction to Quizzes Tests and Polls

Why use quizzes, tests, and polls?
Eight steps to writing a quiz or test
The surprising importance of clear objectives
Three purposes of quizzes and tests
Distinguishing knowledge from skills learning

Topic 2 - Constructing Effective Questions for Knowledge

Deciding which types of questions to use  

  • Multiple-choice   
  • True/false   
  • Fill-in-the-blank  
  • Matching  
  • Short answer

Common multiple-choice mistakes—and how to avoid them Characteristics of good distracters
Multiple-choice workshop
Workshop on knowledge questions

Topic 3 - Constructing Skills-based Quizzes in E-Learning

Software tools for assessing skills in e-learning
Designing a “worked-example” quiz
Assessing skills learning
Workshop on skills assessment

Topic 4 - Constructing Soft-skills Quizzes

When a quiz does not feel like a quiz
Assessing beliefs and values
Assessing interpersonal skills
Assessing behavioral change
Workshop on soft-skills quizzes

Topic 5 - Designing Pre- and Post-course Self-assessments

How self-assessments differ from other evaluations
Functions of self-assessments
Workshop on self-assessment questions

Who Should Attend

This program is for e-learning and online training writers and designers who need to create effective quizzes, tests, and/or polls. In addition, anyone who needs to create effective quizzes can benefit from the information and hands-on practice presented during the program.

Level: Foundational
Roles: E-Learning Professional, Instructional Designer, Manager, Trainer
Language: English
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Face-to-Face Courses
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Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

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0.6 CEUs awarded

Up to 6.0 APTD Recertification Points

Up to 6.0 CPLP Recertification Points


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