Before creating the questions, you should clarify which learning objectives should be assessed. Use the following questions as a guide:
To answer the test question, do participants…
When the learning objectives have been defined, you can choose suitable questions and wording, as described below:
A test should generally include different exercises. Different question types provide variety and ensure that tests don’t get too monotonous for participants.
Structure of an exercise:
Which questions should you use for which learning objectives?
Tip: Write down your ideas for test questions while you are creating the course. This allows you to create questions quickly while ensuring that they match the course content. Also reading specialist literature or newspapers can also inspire new ideas. In this way, you can ensure that your test questions are relevant to contemporary topics and events.
Most question types provided within the LMS allow for automatic evaluation: single and multiple choice, true or false questions, but also hotspot exercises can be automatically evaluated using pre-defined solutions. These are quantitative question types.
It is different for free text tasks, which require manual evaluation. A trainer must evaluate the submitted tasks individually and only then can the participant receive a constructive evaluation. This is a qualitative question type.
It is wrong to think that automatically evaluated exercises are not useful for promoting understanding or even the application of knowledge and understanding to tasks. The scope of the exercise is the crucial aspect. With a little practice and experience, you can also create a practical exercise as a hotspot question.