Successful eLearning Assessments

This blog post is provided by guest blogger, Carol Sheetz, graduate student in the online Master of Science degree program in Training and Development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Effective assessment reveals an online learner’s progress and understanding as well as the transferability of skills and knowledge on their way to content mastery (Simonson, Smaldino, & Zvacek, 2015, p. 230).  A learner gaining knowledge that is retained and used

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Authentic Assessment and the Real World

This post is provided by guest blogger, Tonya Stafford, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Authentic assessment uses real-world tasks to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge acquired and skills learned.  In a recent article, Kaider, Hains-Wesson, and Young (2017) discuss equipping students with skills needed for employment through

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Effective e-learning starts with an assessment strategy

This post is provided by guest blogger, Katie Sachs, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, MS in Training and Development program.

E-learning has become a popular method for training employees for many reasons, such as the relative ease in which it can be deployed to large, dispersed audiences. But even if an organization is reaching more employees with e-learning, how can they know if the

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Assessment and Learning: Is there a difference?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Jessica Munkvold, graduate student at University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

Is there really a difference with assessment and learning? I mean we use assessments to show what we have learned, right? Well that may be the case but are we using assessments correctly? We use tests, quizzes and papers to assess how much our learners

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Looking For Creative Ways to Assess Online Learning?

This post is provide by guest blogger, Penny Jones, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

What type of assessments are you using for online learning? This article by Marie Norman (2016) talks about creative methods to assess online learning.  It addresses how to capitalize on using the digital resources of online learning.  She explains the

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Online Teaching Strategies – Best Practices

This post is provided by guest blogger, Kylie Mussay, graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development.

Best practices in online learning are key to setting clear guidance for online learners. Hanover Research Council wrote an article on their definition of best practices in online instructional design. The Hanover Research Council outlines Pelz’s (2004) report that

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A new day, a better way: Best practices in instructional design and ELearning

This post is provided by guest blogger, Sheana Graham, a graduate student at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il., MS in Training and Development program.

Instructional design in an eLearning setting is an important step in the process of developing online courses and programs. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of instructional design. She also addresses those who believe that instructional design

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