Course Creation, Step 3: Test

Step 3 - Test

Course Creation Step 3 is where you’ll be able to create any tests, quizzes, exams, assessments or surveys for Learners to take as part of this course.  Tests can be used as simple knowledge checks to ensure Learners are retaining the information they go through in the Learn section of this course, or as higher level evaluations of Learner’s ability to identify specific details of a product or process.


The first step in creating your Test is to choose whether it will be an Exam style (such as a quiz, test, assessment etc.) or a Survey.  Surveys can be used to garner feedback on particular courses or training requirements & framework, and can help you shape future training.  

Underneath this there are several general options that will help build the parameters of your Test.

Step 3.1 – General Options

There are several General Options we need to choose from before creating our Test.

 

You can choose to lock the Test until each Learner has completed the Learn section.  This is particularly valuable to ensure Learners are not skipping straight to the Test without going through the material first. 

Next, you can choose to give Learners the ability to retake a Test, whether they pass or fail.  This can work as an opportunity for Learners to go back over information they’re not 100% confident on.  It also gives Admins and Managers huge insight into different areas of a Learner’s training path that need work.

For example, if a Learner constantly needs to retake one or more Tests to achieve the passing score, they may require more in depth training or closer supervision to ensure they’re digesting all the required information.

This option needs to be turned on to allow the next two general options to be changed.

 

The required passing score option is in reference to courses that are built as pre-requisites, and determine that a Learner must pass the required score on a Test before they’re allowed to move on to the next course. 

Turning on the option to retake only incorrect responses ensures your Learners are only focusing on the areas of this course they got wrong.  When they retake the Test, Learners will only see those questions they got wrong on the previous attempt.

Finally, you can set a time limit for a Test, which is useful in an assessment or certification type situation, and randomize the question delivery so it doesn’t run in sequence from 1-10, which is also useful in an assessment style setting.

Once you’ve entered all your general options, you can move on to building your Test.

Step 3.2 – Build Test

There are two options for building your Test. Using the LearnCore Test Builder, you can manually enter your questions, answers, question type, explanation and image (if required).

Click on Add New Question to open up the question window.  From here, you can type in the question you’ll be asking your Learners in the top left hand text box.  Below this, there are two options to add more detail to the question.

You can choose to add an explanation to this question, to give it more detail.  The best use case for this is to point Learners to the Lesson in the course that corresponds to that question.  You can also add an image to the question, which is best used for product related questions.

On the right hand side of the question window, you will select your question type and answer options.  There are four question types:

Single Selection – this gives Learners several multiple choice answers, of which one is correct.  You will enter all the possible answers in the text boxes below the drop down menu, and add as many choices as you like.  Once you’ve entered all the possible answers, select the correct answer by clicking on the circular check box next to the answer.

Multiple Selection – this option works similarly to the Single Selection question type, however in this case, Learners must select all answers that apply.  Here, you will be entering all answer options in the text boxes below the menu drop down, and selecting which answers are correct by clicking on the square check box next to each.  There is no partial credit - Learners must choose ALL possible answers correctly for the answer to be marked as correct.

Text Match – this question type requires Learners to type in an answer to the question you’re asking.  In the answer options below the Question Type drop down menu, you’ll be entering all the possible ways people may answer the question.  For example, if your question is what is 2+2, you can enter in the different ways people will type in the number four.  They may type it as a word – four – or as the number – 4.  How Learners type in their answer is not case sensitive.  You’ll need to make sure you enter all possible ways in which Learners will provide their answer to cover all bases.

 

Short Answer – this question type is the only one not automatically graded by the platform.  Short Answer questions require your Learners to think more critically about the question posed to them and provide you with a subjective response.  As this response is based on Learner’s interpretation of the question/information, it will need to be graded by an Admin.  After selecting this question type, you will have the ability to give it a custom weighting, from 1-5, that will affect the Learner’s overall score.  Here you can determine how important the short answer question compared to the rest of the Test. 

The best way to think about this custom weighting is you’re determining how many points a Learner gets if they get the question right.  So if you have a test that consists of 10 questions, one of which is a Short Answer with a custom weighting of 3, the total points available for that test is 12 (9 multiple choice or text match questions worth 1 point each + one short answer question worth 3 points = 12 points total).

This will make a difference when establishing the passing score requirement so keep that in mind.

To delete a question, click on the red delete button in the top right hand corner of the question window.  Note: you CANNOT delete a question in a Test once it has been published, so make sure to double-check your Test parameters before publishing the course.

Once you’ve saved each question an answer, you can move on to the final step in the Test module – Awarding an Accolade.

Step 3.3 – Award an Accolade

Awarding an accolade to a Test provides you with the ability to ‘gamify’ your Test as a way to further motivate Learners to achieve the passing score.  Any Learner that successfully passes a test is awarded the accolade (or badge, award, achievement etc.) that they’ll be able to view at any time. 

You can name the accolade whatever you like, and then select the image from a document library, or add a new image by clicking on the Add/Change Image button, which will take you to the Credentials section in Account Management, where you’ll be able to upload an image from your local drive.

After adding an accolade and naming it, you’ll then need to enter the minimum passing score required as a percentage. 

Finally, you’ll have the option to add a certification to this Test.  Certifications act as more formal accolades, and can be used in conjunction with training required for compliance purposes.  Allowing this option will give you the opportunity to edit the certification email sent to the Learner once they pass the Test, as well as preview the certification which will be sent as a PDF.

 

 

One you’ve entered all the necessary details in your Test, you can move on to Step 4 – Pitch IQ.

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