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Guidelines for Assessments

    Alison Courses incorporate two types of assessment questions:

    Formative Questions:

    These questions are not graded and can be inserted at any point within a course using the New Question button in the Page Editor.

    Formative questions serve to test knowledge and provide interactivity for the learner.

    Summative Questions:

    These questions are graded and are required to be included at the conclusion of an Alison course. The default pass rate for summative assessments is set at 80%.

    You can access and adjust the description and settings for your course assessment through the Course Assessment Settings option in the Module Tree Manager. Here, you have the flexibility to choose the number of questions to include in your assessment.

    Our system will automatically tell the learner whether their answer was correct or incorrect, however, you as the Course Creator have the option to elaborate further which will improve the pedagogy of your course in addition to the learning experience of the student. Adding feedback that simply restates the correct answer is not useful for the learner, however, adding information that expands on why an answer is correct, or tells the learner in which topic they can find more information regarding the question, is useful.

    Diploma Courses comprising more than 5 modules typically incorporate a First and Second Assessment, in addition to the Course Assessment. These assessments aim to test knowledge progressively. While these in-course assessments are graded, the grades do not contribute to the final course grade. 

    To include in-course assessments, you can utilise the Add Elements > Create Assessment option in the Module Tree Manager.

    There are 10 question types/formats. Use as many different types of these as you can and ensure that no more than 25% of your final assessment consists of a single question type. This will keep the learner engaged and interested.

    Ensure that questions align with the course content. Craft questions in a clear and concise manner, while also presenting challenges to the learner. In the final assessment, include questions that test the learners' comprehensive understanding of the entire course, rather than focusing solely on individual topics.

    Assessment Questions – True or False

    This requires the user to select a single correct answer from two options, usually written in the form of a statement that is either true or false.

     
    Assessment Questions - Multiple Choice Question

    This requires the user to select a single correct answer from a list of options.

    Assessment Questions - Multiple Response Question
    This requires the user to select all the correct answers from a list of options. The number of correct answers is usually specified.



    Assessment Questions - Fill in the Blank
    This requires the user to complete a sentence by writing a missing word or words into an answer box. There is usually only one correct answer. If there is more than one correct answer, the instructor can include these in the answer options.


    Assessment Questions - Word Bank

    This requires the user to select a single correct answer from a list of options. The user must drag and drop the correct answer into a box.

    Assessment Questions - Matching Drop Down 

    This requires the user to match options together in pairs. The user must select one half of a pair from a drop down list.

    Assessment Questions - Sequence Drag and Drop 

    This requires the user to match options together in pairs sequentially. The user must drag and drop one half of a pair next to the other half.

    Assessment Questions - Sequence Drop Down 

    Requires the user to choose the correct answers sequentially, from a drop down list.

    Assessment Questions - Numeric

    This requires the user to answer a question or complete a sentence by writing a missing number or numbers into an answer box. There is usually only one correct answer. If there is more than one correct answer, the instructor can include these in the answer options.

    Assessment Questions - Hotspot
    This requires the user to click on the correct area of an image. The correct area is specified by the instructor. The correct area is hidden from the user until they attempt an answer. Then the correct area is revealed.

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