Fill in the Blanks questions in eLearning assessments are an integral part of E-Learning courses that provide effective feedback in order to make the learning experience worthwhile and help reinforce learning. They offer tremendous advantages to both the instructor and the learner, thus playing a crucial part in instructional design. Fill in the Blanks questions or cloze activity usually contains a word, sentence, or rather a paragraph featuring a blank space.
This blank space represents a word or phrase that has intentionally been left out. For the learner to identify the correct answer to fill in the blank questions by omitting unimportant and irrelevant words.
Why are “Fill in the Blanks” questions so effective?
Fill in the blank type questions are different from other forms of assessments as these types of questions demand recall skills. These questions require producing a concept and thereby testing learners’ knowledge of individual terms and concepts at a deeper level.
Key points to remember while creating effective cloze activity or fill in the blanks questions in E-Learning assessments or courses;
- Sentences or text should give an adequate idea to the learner about the possible answer
- One needs to make sure that the optimum number of words is filled. If there are too many fills in the blanks questions, it may not really help learners to make an informed choice and might become a guessing exercise
- Inferential comprehension should be clear through the given text and sentences.
- Sentences that occur in the instruction material should be ideally rephrased instead of using the exact sentence structure
- The decision about the importance of correct spelling needs to be made. In online content, your E-Learning developer might have to create an appropriate algorithm for incorrect spellings
It Should be simple but not easy
While developing a Fill in the blank assessment the important factor to keep in mind is that it should be purposive. It should be simple but not that easy so as to give out the answers to the learners. Questions need to be clear, precise, and properly targeted.