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The Value of Tests and Quizzes for Students

Tests and quizzes are useful in e-learning because they help both the learner and the teacher. Remember when tests were an hour long and had to be completed at a specific time of day, and the teacher had to stay up late to grade them and then give extensive commentary for each and every student?

We’ve previously seen how e-learning eliminates the necessity for testing at a set time, but it also makes testing a painless process because adjustments are automated with a learning management system (LMS). In the what is wrong with me quiz, e-learning systems are typically integrated with keyword monitoring tools that grade based on what is discussed in the essays.

Unique Tests

Randomizing question and answer sequences in an LMS can make testing and quizzing stand out. This is especially helpful when a student needs to retake an exam on which he or she previously performed poorly so that the test is not finished by recollection, but rather by thinking through the correct solution again. This feature is also beneficial for adding diversity to testing by allowing users to choose from a vast pool of questions rather than utilizing the same questions over and over.

Instant Feedback and Grading

The most time-consuming activity for the instructor is undoubtedly grading and providing comments. It is here that the instructor has the chance to comment on a learner’s strengths and flaws, allowing learning to take place! It is critical that the feedback be positive. The instructor can usually produce dynamic feedback based on the answer a learner gives to a given topic using an LMS. In a multiple-choice examination, for example, if the learner selects response B over the correct answer C, the learner will receive suitable feedback, highlighting a flaw in the thought process or hints as to why another answer might be more appropriate. This compliments the instructor’s point 1 above by allowing the learner to receive immediate feedback on a correct erroneous answer, as well as saving time for the instructor who can employ automated feedback.

In-depth Analysis Easily Accessible

Tests must be collected and assessed, and feedback must be supplied for each learner to review and improve on certain areas. Learning Management Systems, on the other hand, provide the instructor with even more data. An LMS provides the instructor with a graphical representation of test scores, progress, and growth via a reporting system, making the analysis even easier to understand, especially when the class size is big. 

As a result, an instructor may see which students scored the highest/lowest and which questions were the most difficult/easy for the majority of students. Reporting is a useful tool for instructors to spot trends and take action to improve the program.

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