Thursday, 5 August 2010
This month, we are introducing a change to the way assessments are authored, based on the idea of linking separate modules in a 'daisy-chain', to create a longer test.
In essence, the KS system breaks down like this;
- A test is one or more modules linked together.
- A module is comprised of typically 4-6 questions, covering the same topic, i.e. Families in Revit or UCS in AutoCAD, etc.
- A question tests an individual's understanding of a particular software feature or command.
Questions and modules have training tag keywords (meta tags) associated with them, which makes training needs analysis, post-assessment, much more relevant.
Questions can be "task" based or "knowledge" based.
A task based question has files associated with it. The user has to do something to the file, in order to work out the answer, as follows;
- Task (interrogate) - the user has to open the file and find the answer, but they don't have to modify or change the file in any way.
- Task (modify) - the user has to open and modify the file, to work out the correct answer.
- Knowledge - this type of question does not require a file to be associated with it.
Test administrators can present a single module as a test, provided they create a new test from the module first.
A 'daisy-chain' happens when an administrator links a series of modules together, to create a longer test.
This concept allows us to create a wide range of test material, in bite-sized blocks, which map closely to corresponding training and learning material.
Daisy-chains go live next month.