Online Learning Support

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.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) reports that supporting online learning efforts is crucial to the success of the learner and the organization.  Learning and development administrators can support the learning initiatives in an organization by

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Testing That Matters

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

According to Phillips (2018) test questions can have a huge impact on the reputation and efficacy of a trainer and program. Questions that are too easy or give embedded clues are easily passed but when the test taker does not really measure up to expectations of competency the validity of instruction is questioned. Questions that are too difficult where few pass the test may lead to the shut down of programs since it would appear no learning actually took place even though time and resources were invested into the instruction. An instructor may know the content of a subject but may have very little to no training in creating test questions that truly measure if and what training took place.

Phillips (2018) recommends using Criterion-Referenced Test Development written by instructional design professors Sharon Shrock and William C. Coscarelli. Three test item statistics are discussed to evaluate the quality of test items: 1) difficulty index, 2) p-values, and 3) point-biserial correlation. To apply these statistics, you first need to create your test and then administer it to a group of at least 25-30 program participants.

The article defines and discusses each of these test item statistics as well as how to go about developing a quality test that measures up statistically as valid. This article and recommended resources would be an excellent tool for test designers and e-learning professors. This information should be incorporated into all programs training trainers and instructors. A quality measurement of such a course should include creating a test that meets the criterion outlined.


Phillips, K. (2018, August 1). Write test questions that actually measure something.

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On-the-job training in the classroom: Authentic Assessments

This post is provided by guest blogger, George Skerritt, graduate student of the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

How many times is student achievement measured – with a test?  Isn’t there a better way?  Yes!  There is!  It’s called authentic assessment, which “measures not only what students have learned from course content, but also their ability to apply that knowledge

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Is Social Media Beneficial for Training Sessions?

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

With the rise of social media use in adults, why not use it to your advantage in the work place? According to the article written by Bill Leonard (2018), social media can be used to improve learning while encouraging employees to engage in the program and become

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E- learning, is it Electronic or Experience?

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

Using instructional designs has been a growing trend over the past few years. Instructional designs are great tools that help individuals reach their maximum learning potential. As technology continues to advance how does your instructional design Continue reading

Guest post: What is nano-learning?

This post is provided by guest blogger, N. Heidi Hess, current student in the MS Training and Development program

Earlier this year I was introduced to the idea of nano-learning. One of the biggest challenges we face in learning is simply time. How do we find time or even make time for learning? How do we sell stakeholders on investing time into training? Nano-learning Continue reading

Case Based Learning in Radiology Education

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

There are many pathways that learners can take to fulfill knowledge gaps related to personal interests as well as professional endeavors. While much value is still placed on traditional face to face lectures, the implementation of innovative teaching strategies Continue reading

Guest Post: 10 Signs You Were “Born to Train”

This post is provided by guest blogger, Wendy Frushon Tsaninos, alumna University of St. Francis, MS Training and Development program

While many employees may sigh loudly, roll their eyes, or make a scrunchy face at the mere mention of training, there are those of us who break into a wide smile, raise our hands to volunteer, and say, “Yay!”   We just have a passion for this process. Here are Continue reading