5 Fantastic Tips To Level Up How You Design Questions!

Jit Hin
October 25, 2021

A huge part of learning on Gnowbe is the interactivity that curators design in their programs, and a sure-fire way to engage learners will be through the use of quizzes and questions. Well-designed questions can help the learning process, allowing learners to articulate their understanding, reinforce retention of important points and stimulate critical thinking of the subject matter. In contrast, poorly designed questions tend to confuse and distract learners.

Today, we present five tips you can employ in your next Gnowbe programs to level up how you design quizzes and questions!

1. Be clear on the purpose of your questions.

Whenever you plan to ask learners a question, understand why you are doing so. Are you trying to...

  • Uncover knowledge gaps?
  • Quiz them on content material?
  • Encourage discussions?
  • Stimulate them to seek information on their own?

Being clear on your question’s purpose will help you formulate clear questions. Try sticking to one purpose per question to avoid posing ambiguous questions that might disengage or confuse learners.

2. Craft questions that align to your learning objectives

Quizzing is undoubtedly a key part of ensuring that your learners take away the correct information during the learning process. Be it asking learners to recall information or demonstrate comprehension, always consider what essential knowledge you need your learners to walk away with and enhance the learning experience with relevant questions! Essentially, we need our questions to not just be about the content, but to ensure it helps in delivering your program’s objectives and that it adds value to the learning experience.

3. Provide answers to close-ended questions.

If you are quizzing learners on factual information using the Q&A action, remember to provide them with both answers and feedback to reinforce their learning. You can do so by slipping answers either in the next action or through an in-app message!

4. Ensure MCQ options follow the same grammatical structure.

When crafting MCQ options, keep to the same persons, tenses, and phrasing to avoid distracting learners from understanding your question.

5. Avoid asking too many questions in a single action.

Cramping too many questions into a single action makes it very tedious for learners. If a question contains multiple parts, break it up into several actions!

Check out our microlearning platform to get started.

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