Think back to when you were in school. Remember the pressure that set in when a teacher announced a pop quiz? Imagine how different that experience would have felt if the teacher reviewed your responses and offered helpful hints until you got the right answer. What if it hadn’t been about memorization or a score, but about making sure you’d actually absorbed the information?
In e-learning, that’s where a knowledge check shines. Knowledge checks give learners the opportunity to celebrate what they’ve learned, identify what they’ve misunderstood, and receive the correct answer. They’re intended to help learners grasp the information rather than simply confirming that they know it. They are also an excellent pre-assessment to help learners focus on what they need to learn and what they don’t.
While knowledge checks can be scored, they are often included as an informal way of gauging a learner’s progress throughout the lesson to prepare them at the end of the course for a graded or scored assessment.
One particularly engaging way to approach a knowledge check is to set it up as a drag-and-drop interaction. This keeps the learner actively involved and encourages decision-making. It can be used to help a learner think through choices, simulate a process to reinforce the steps, and much more.
Here are four excellent examples of knowledge checks that use a drag-and-drop interaction:
- See the way Armando Lopez guides learners through a realistic example in this smart science lesson, breaking down a complex process by sharing an instruction, assisting them as they perform the interaction, and offering instant feedback about their results.
- Watch how Nicole Legault leads an educational trip across Canada with this geography lesson, featuring visual cues for correct and incorrect answers.
- Try this desk assessment drag-and-drop from Isabel Descrivan, which demonstrates how learners can choose from right and wrong options, including an instant prompt for an incorrect selection.
- Check out this engaging knowledge check template by Allison LaMotte to see how you can use shapes and images to create a matching game interaction that really stands out.
Check out our examples hub for more drag-and-drop interactions. For more on knowledge checks, read this guide to adding knowledge checks to your e-learning. Want to give any of these ideas a try for yourself? Snag a free 30-day trial of Articulate 360 to check out all the cool new features in Storyline 360 and Rise 360—including the new Rise 360 scenario block.