801 Evaluating Your Assessments: Are You Testing the Right Thing?

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, December 13

Learning in an eLearning module is generally assessed through multiple choice questions, rather than measuring demonstrations of target behaviors. When you design eLearning, you build in knowledge checks. All too often, these quizzes are reading comprehension tests rather than authentic assessments of skills. You need to test the target objectives to ensure you meet the goal of the program.

In this session, you will look at aligning assessments with intended outcomes and designing activities that measure skill gains. You will learn about alternatives like scenario-based activities that allow users to practice decision-making skills they will need to apply to their new learning on the job. You’ll also learn about self-check assessments and rubrics that learners and reviewers can objectively evaluate. You will learn how to create assessments that reflect measurable gains and help designers like you demonstrate ROI on projects, and help learners better master the subject at hand.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to align assessments to outcomes
  • How to build authentic assessments
  • How to build a rubric
  • How to create online scenario-based assessment activities
  • Why multiple choice questions don’t effectively assess skills


Jean Marrapodi

Senior eLearning Designer

Illumina Interactive

Jean Marrapodi is a senior eLearning designer at Illumina Interactive. She is a certified professional in learning and performance (CPLP, ATD’s highest credential) with a PhD in adult education and a master’s degree in online instructional design. With 16 years in corporate training, then five years in higher education, Jean understands trends and needs in a variety of industries and is a nationally known conference speaker. She led a team that won the 2014 Silver Brandon Hall Award for Best Learning Team and, in the same year, the United States Distance Learning Association’s Best Learning Program. The eLearning Guild named Jean a Guild Master in 2016.

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