Assessment based learning has been discussed on many conferences this year. Can we consider this a hype or the next best thing for learning and development? The results that corporates and training institutes realized with assessment based training programs can give the right answer to this question. A little overview.
Question based learning is the development of knowledge, awareness and attitude by asking questions. Answering questions forces the student to actively think about the learning material. The level of active processing of the learning material depends on the question type and the pedagogic quality of the question. Open ended questions require a more active participation than multiple choice questions. An experienced pedagogue will make a difference here.
Neuro scientific research showed that the learning effect is strengthened if a student answers questions after having watched a video or e-learning module, read an article or listened to a trainer. If the learning material that has been watched, read or listened to is not actively worked, people forget up to 80% of what they saw, read or heard within 1 week.
Actively assessing helps to anchor knowledge. Assessment based learning looks like a traditional test. However, tests give a random indication of proficiency at the moment that the test was made. It can measure knowledge gaps but does not develop the gaps that are identified. Assessment based learning measures and develops at the same time. The purpose is to learn, not to test.
Modern technology enables us to give immediate and personalized feedback on correct and incorrect answers This reinforces the learning effect. The student is not only learning facts, but also understands why certain information is correct or incorrect.
Question based learning also responds to several tendencies in today’s society. The current generation has a limited span of control. Passively watching, reading or listening becomes more difficult. Actively working on learning material by answering questions, appeal to more people. Adding elements of the gaming industry (gamification) will engage, challenge and motivate learners. They will experience learning as a game. Assessment based learning has all ingredients to gamify your training program.
So is assessment based learning a hype or just a useful learning methodology? Both corporate organizations, training institutes and schools have built up experience with this type of learning. The success of assessment based training depends on the way in which the training is positioned and the quality of the questions, answers and feedback. And that is of course valid for any training program.
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