It’s easy to “throw’ some questions into our learning experiences because we need to capture “completion” of the modules, especially with compliance and policy training. But how much thought do we really give to the design of our assessments and the questions that make up the assessment.

Sure, if you are measuring competency in a specific process or practical procedure then assessment is critical to ensure the learner truly understands.
Knowing a specific process or procedure “off by heart” could be the difference between life and death.

For other types of learning like compliance, system or policy, then making assessment a stronger part of the learning design process can really cement the intention of the learning outcomes.

I wanted to include this in our course to remind us that assessment is a usual part of the experience, but we may need to give it a bit more attention for maximum benefit to our learners.

Making Assessment a Stronger Part of Your Learning Design

From Learning Solutions

Top tips for better assessments in elearning

“…assessments are meant to help learners get better at what they do, not to confuse or frustrate them. Assessments must be learner-centric and must add value to your course.”

The following is the first of two webinars on writing assessments. Be sure to look for the link to the second webinar.

Writing assessments

Pick up some new ideas for assessments by joining expert John Blake in this quick, free webinar.


One way we increase effectiveness of questions is to incorporate branching and content revisiting.

With Branching, we can control the experience based on how learners answer the questions. We can also send users back to relevant content if they answer questions incorrectly. They then get another chance to answer the question after reviewing the content.

Although the following example is specific to Adobe Captivate, ideas are presented to look at different ways learning experiences can be designed and developed.

Branching and Return to Quiz

You don’t need to watch the whole video, this was more to present further ideas around “testing knowledge” and “reinforced learning”

This type of example steers away from the typical linear approach where you may stick all the questions at the end.