Quality over Quantity, Assessing the elearner

This post is provided by guest blogger, Brandon Rinker, graduate student University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

In this brief article, Christopher Pappas (2019) discusses eight methods to assess online students and learners. Understanding and implementing these methods gives the educator the knowledge to track their students’ progress and find areas that need some extra attention. All eight methods will ask the learner, whether individually or collaboratively, to expand on what they have learned and express themselves in the form of discussions, simulations, or blogs to name a few. The results from using these methods can measure the level of comprehension of the subject and allow for feedback and resources as needed to the elearner.

Christopher Pappas (2019) has written several articles on assessing the elearner. This article is wonderful for the development of an eLearning program and gives you the tools to assess the progress of the students. One point of interest was the fact that these methods were more formative in their assessment. There were no quizzes or tests and although the article did discuss a group project, the methods encouraged the learner to dig deep in their responses during the program. As we all have experienced during our studies, online discussions and blogs are a good form with which to assess qualitative knowledge of our learning experience and can give the instructor the tools needed to measure eLearning progress.


Pappas, C. (2019, September 25). 8 qualitative eLearning assessment methods to track online learners progress. Retrieved June 11, 2020, from https://elearningindustry.com/qualitative-elearning-assessment-methods-track-online-learners-progress

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