Take Learning Out of the Classroom, Use Quizzes to Ensure Knowledge Retention
The training and development of your employees is an ongoing investment. In them personally, but in your own company as well. The productivity your organisation will benefit from it and don’t forget that up-to-date staff members make great brand ambassadors.
Instead of depending solely on learning management systems (LMS), get in touch with your creative side and add quizzes to the training program. It’ll give you freedom to be more spontaneous and to take the learning outside of the classroom.
1. Creating training quizzes is easy with today’s technology
“Think out of the checkbox” you could say, because it’s easy to get creative with modern quiz platforms. (Did you know ours is pretty awesome? … Just saying!) The ability to make quizzes and entire campaigns for bigger and long term training projects means that you can send out quizzes to who you want and when it’s most needed.
By quizzing your employees on a regular basis, you give them a playful way of staying up to date. An added bonus is the increased knowledge retention: you have the freedom to quiz more and in more variated ways, helping your staff to remember and use the training.
Of course, these quizzes can be serious, but leave room for amusing ones in particular.
Not sure how to make it work? Get started on your first quiz with this super useful step-by-step guide.
2. Bring your employee trainings to life by adding creative quizzes to the program
The first solution that usually comes to mind for training your employees are the standard learning management systems that you can fill up with all of your content.
But, if you’ve ever worked with those, you’ll also know it takes a lot of time and effort to set up. Then, when you finally do start, the environment rarely allows you to try out other tests and other timings on different groups of employees. Not to mention the “classroom” feeling you get when participating via such a system.
Although it forms a strong base for the training of your staff, a flexible aspect and the ability to add a certain amount of entertainment is missing. This is where quizzes can be a great addition. Here, instead of the mandatory and tedious feeling attached to a dry test, try to make it more playful and incorporate some design. We’re only human after all.
3. Why are these quizzes useful?
Ok, so quizzes to test your knowledge is what we’re aiming for. It sounds obvious “quizzes to test knowledge”, but the use of them offers many surprising possibilities on the work floor. They can be a great addition to a larger learning program, if you have it. But they can perfectly serve as your sole training tool as well.
- A quiz will give you a clear insight in what your employees know or think.
- They are quick to set up and easily adapted to any situation. Perfect, because you’ll have to be quick if you want your training to be remembered. Did you know that after 24 hours an average of 70% of the new information is forgotten? (It get’s even worse after one week, according to Art Kohn at LearningSolutionsmag.)
- Get feedback on the quality of your lessons: Do your employees actually learn and manage to remember on a long term basis? Is the knowledge used on the workfloor afterwards?
- And, following the above, single out difficulties if there are any. Let the results guide your strategies on informing your employees effectively.
- When working with the tool, there’s no need of a classroom-environment! Your employees can access their quizzes wherever and whenever they can. (We’ll come back to that a bit later in the article)
- The end of a course or training isn’t the end of the learning process! By using quizzes, you stimulate you employees to remember the information longer and more effectively.
- You have the ability to incentivise your staff to learn more and try to remember more as they know another test might pop up in the future. (Who doesn’t love surprises?)
- The added fun-factor will make your employees more enthusiastic to take the quizzes. A bit of light-heartedness never hurt anyone and it’ll make the quizzes feel less mandatory.
Needless to say we can go on summing up the benefits. We’d much rather challenge you to give it a try and see the results for yourself! Let us know how it went.
4. Five tips to keep in mind when creating your quizzes
- what knowledge is already there. You can plan your next steps from there and start measuring effectiveness.
- We specifically refer to these knowledge assessments as quizzes, because they can be created in a more engaging and entertaining way. It provides a nice experience for the staff and by adding a nice incentive, you can quickly raise motivation. (I wouldn’t mind answering a few questions for a nice bottle of Chardonnay) They will test their knowledge, you’ll get the info you need and they’ll be able to gain something more as well.
- In fact try working with leader boards and share the scores of all team members if you’re dealing with competitive teams. It’ll encourage them to work better and increase team spirit.
Take a look here to learn how marketing agency Stone Arch Creative turned this into a great success.
- Automate your quizzes. With a bit of work in advance, you can foresee a number of scenarios for the results: Someone getting a lower score can be transferred automatically to certain landingpages, videoseminars, whitepapers, a contact person, …
- Always be brief and interesting. Limit your questions to 5 or maximum 10. You can always quiz again in a few days or weeks with another set of questions. It’ll help your employees to remember longer if the lesson is quizzed shortly every now and then.
5. Quiz anywhere, anytime
Learning management systems work on one spot, on a computer in a ‘safe, but staged’ environment. Working with a quiz platform like Survey Anyplace on the other hand, allows your staff to enter the quiz at any time of day, on the device of their own choice.
You get rid of the ‘desk’ feeling without much effort, if a staff member prefers to take the test on a mobile device on his ride home, or while waiting, that’s perfectly fine.
This also means you can reach those employees that are difficult to reach or aren’t working on a pc. Take a manufacturing environment for example: Take a tablet around the workfloor or even send them an invite through their own mobile device.
The Survey Anyplace tool isn’t a replacement of learning management systems, but it is a smart and versatile addition to your training program. It’ll turn training your employees into a more pleasant and exciting process, with better results. Both for you and your employees!
Now that you’ve read the entire article (thank you!), how about you test your own knowledge with this quiz we added for you?
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