This recipe blends instruction with a way to demonstrate skills. Real-life skills are what excites me, not someone’s ability to pass a quiz. Skills are what pay the bills. They’re much more valuable than an LMS report showing the quizzes you passed.
I’ve used this blend in a number of different contexts. I first started with a manufacturing client. We were teaching new operators how to perform the different steps in the manufacturing process. They’d watch videos and read through slides in an online module, but the final step is to actually perform the task in the real world. New operators would practice, then when they were ready, they’d call over an on the job trainer and demonstrate the skills. The OJT was the only one who could complete a screen like this.
We built a quiz with a fill in the blank question that used a secret password at the end. The learner couldn’t pass the online module without some help from an experienced person who verified that they could do the work.
There’s a quiz at the end of the module, to pass you had to show you could do the work, not just answer questions about it.
- coach / mentor / manager or other experienced person
- checklist of tasks for the learner to demonstrate
- rubric to help the coach or mentor
- online module with foundational material
- time for practice
- secret password for quiz
- Identify tangible, real-world skills that you need the learner to demonstrate
- Design the materials to give the foundation
- Insert a fill in the blank quiz with a secret password that only coaches / mentors / managers know.
We found that using a number as the secret password worked best. Since we were using iPads, it would display our secret password as we started typing it. Using a number instead removed that “helpful” predictive text.
Scheduling this may be tricky. Be sure to set the module up so that it automatically resumes the last slide or build in navigation that immediately takes you to the verification screen.
This is a simple way to accomplish a blend of an online module and a skills checklist.
You could use any number of technical options… google forms for coaches to check off on, observation checklists built into an LMS like Cornerstone, but the idea is to find a way to get the learner performing key tasks on the job, then verify they have the skills to get the job done.