How effective is your continuing education (CE) content? Does your organization routinely measure learner knowledge retention to help improve your courses?

If you’re not currently evaluating learner comprehension, now is a great time to start! Read on for strategies to improve your CE program by boosting learner engagement and knowledge retention. 

7 tips to test learner comprehension in your CE program 

If you want learners to meet their CE requirements and continue returning to your CE program, you’ll need to ensure that your courses are effective. You can measure your CE program success by testing learner comprehension through quizzes.

Here are seven tips to get started:

1. Set a quiz time limit. The American Psychological Association found that quiz time limits encourage better learning and overall exam performance. By setting time limits, learners tend to perform better on assessments.

Consider offering 15 minutes for a 10-question quiz. Whatever limit you set, make sure your learners have a clear understanding of the assessment parameters.

TECH TIP: Leverage Freestone to boost learner comprehension through engaging quizzes. Easily set a quiz time limit to improve learning and assessment performance.


2. Allow multiple attempts. When creating a quiz, offer learners multiple chances to complete the assessment. Allowing multiple attempts helps a learner grow and improve overall content comprehension.

TECH TIP: With Freestone, your staff can easily set the number of quiz attempts to encourage learner comprehension.


3. Randomize questions. Try delivering different questions to different learners. For example, Learner A gets one set of questions, and Learner B gets an entirely different set of questions.

Randomizing quiz questions eliminates the possibility of learners sharing questions and answers. This also allows you to measure how certain questions perform over others to make sure learners receive the same degree of difficulty throughout your quiz.

TECH TIP: Freestone makes it easy to randomize quiz questions by allowing staff to upload a bank of questions.


4. Offer feedback. If a learner misses a question, consider providing insight into the correct answer. Offering feedback encourages a learner to grow from an assessment by helping them understand why an answer is correct.


5. Provide category insights. Within a question, consider assigning different categories (ex. beginner, intermediate, advanced, or based on a topic). After a learner completes a quiz, they can see how they performed in a specific category.

For example, this feature can help a learner see that they got 100% correct on beginner questions, but only 50% on advanced questions. Having this insight can inform what area a learner should focus on when studying.

TECH TIP: Leverage Freestone to offer real-time feedback and category insights so your learners can grow throughout their CE course.


6. Encourage attempt reviews. Allow learners to return to course assessments to see how they performed and further boost learner comprehension. Reviewing quizzes and revisiting assessment materials will give learners personalized insights and help them grow.


7. Check-in with learners. Consult your learners to assess their progress throughout a CE course. This strategy is especially helpful in long-form courses to break up learning materials into easily digestible segments.

Consider creating quizzes after each course section and a final assessment to best test learner comprehension. Offering multiple quizzes throughout a course helps a learner retain information and understand how they’ll need to prepare for the final assessment.

TECH TIP: Choose Freestone to establish quiz check-ins following course chapters. Offering quizzes after course sections helps to improve learner comprehension. 


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