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E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition by William Horton

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Tests

Assessing learning

Educational experts underrate them. Instructional designers disregard them. Course authors overlook them. Learners fear them. We may cloak them as games or puzzles. We may put off writing them until there is not time enough to do them well. Whether we call them tests, assessments, quizzes, drills, examinations, competence monitors, or demonstrations of mastery, they, nonetheless, remain essential for gauging a learner's progress. And they represent an opportunity for clever designers to engage learners and provide objective feedback.

In my not-so-humble opinion, creating effective tests does more to improve effectiveness of e-learning than anything other than defining clear objectives—which creating tests also does. ...

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