New Synapse Feature: Advanced Assessments!

Assessments are often the expected conclusion to a course, class or training program. However, that same expectation has often led to generic question types, summative testing and delayed feedback. Assessments should be used as a way to ask learners to demonstrate what they’ve learned, and technology is continuing to enable this in powerful ways. 

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Synapse Advanced Assessments which gives our clients the ability to include engaging, dynamic and customizable assessment questions in the flow of their training design and provide their learners with formative testing and immediate results.

Assessments are a strategy, not an activity so it’s important to think about the entire testing and assessment life cycle that Synapse Advanced Assessments helps to enable. 

Design 

For effective assessment design, it’s important that you establish exactly what you are trying to achieve with a particular assessment. Questions like the following are often used to help guide your thinking during the design process: 

  • Why am I assessing? 
  • What exactly am I trying to assess?
  • How am I assessing learners? Should it be summative or formative assessment? 

With Synapse Advanced Assessments, you’re guided to create your assessment questions when you establish your Learning Objectives. That way, it’s easy to ensure alignment between what you’re hoping for the learner to achieve and how you’ll measure it. 

With Synapse Advanced Assessments, you’re guided to create your assessment questions when you establish your Learning Objectives. That way, it’s easy to ensure alignment between what you’re hoping for the learner to achieve and how you’ll measure it. 

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Within Synapse, you’re also able to collaborate at the micro-level, enabling your team to review and discuss each question during the design process. 

Create

Adding your assessment questions is simple! You’ll select from the question category types: Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blanks, Classify, Match & Order and Hotspot and follow the steps to easily add your question, options, and correct answers.  

We’ve got you supported throughout this process with our Support team accessible through chat and our comprehensive knowledge base. 

Score

When considering your Assessment strategy, it’s important to think about how you’re going to score your learners. At the training project level, you’ll be able to manage the minimum passing score and completion messaging. 

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Assess

Once you’ve designed, created and collaborated on your training content, you’re ready to launch to your learners. As they complete each lesson, they’ll be presented with the assessments as they progress through the training – providing them timely feedback and measuring whether they are achieving the desired learning objectives as they go. 

Measure 

Integrating with your Learning Management System (LMS) or Learning Record Score (LRS), you’ll be able to measure and report on your learners’ results. You should also see this as an opportunity to measure the effectiveness of your training content. Consider the following questions:

  • What did I want my learners to know? 
  • What did I want my learners to be able to do? 
  • How did I want my learners to be able to apply their knowledge? 

Then by looking at the assessment results you can understand if your content is helping to support the Learning Objectives your assessments are measuring. 

Why Advanced Assessments?

Trained instructional designers understand the value of aligning assessments with learning objectives (as two points in the Magic Triangle). However, with top performing organizations leveraging their Subject Matter Experts for content curation and design, allowing them to easily create engaging assessment questions that align with their learning objectives helps to remove bottlenecks in the design process without compromising quality. 

In order to ensure that your training and assessments keep pace with the changing landscape of technology and your learners’ preferences and expectations, Scored Assessments give you an easy and scalable way to assess what matters, when it matters. 

Advanced Assessments are available as an add-on feature for any Synapse client. If you’re interested in learning more, simply reach out to your Client Success Manager. If you aren’t a Synapse client and would like to see our Learning Design System with Assessments, we’d be happy to schedule a demo

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