→ Communicate and motivate
Optimize students’ or employees’ commitment by keeping them motivated. Communicate why your drills are so important and why students or employees are receiving this information and need to remember it so that they see the necessity behind it. Check below to find out how it’s done!
The Drillster way of learning might take some getting used to. It works in an assessment-based and adaptive way. Every individual gets different questions, in a different order, and at different intervals. Contrary to what learners may be used to, they are not expected to first read a whole book or large sections of information. And it is perfectly okay to get answers wrong, you will not be judged on that at all. In fact, it will make you better! When you introduce Drillster, there will be quite a few changes for people to assimilate. We can help you manage this smartly.
It is important to get people on board before actually introducing Drillster to them. Earlier, we recommended making employees or students see the need behind the drills, see design principle 3. However, a story is not the only way to boost commitment. There are numerous creative ways to motivate people you can think of, such as internal email campaigns, an internal (online) magazine, intranet, a speech, or even a kick-off event!
Besides getting started with Drillster (for both groups and individual new users), it is important to keep learners motivated. Keep encouraging them and raising awareness of the necessity behind drilling. This is particularly important for long-term and permanent education learning programs. You can use the tips for design principle 9 for this. When people continue to do drills, they will regularly refresh their knowledge, and keep their proficiency levels up!
To help you get started, we have created an internal communications toolkit. This toolkit contains tools for a successful start! For further details, contact us or call +31883750500.
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With the 10 drill design principles, we help you on your way to designing the perfect drills. These tips will help you create the best questions based on educational design principles and ensure an effective learning process and well-anchored knowledge. Click on one of the other 9 design principles for more information and clear examples per design principle.
Cut your learning material up into small chunks. Microlearning is effective and motivates learners →
Focus on information that people really need to remember. Use drills to anchor crucial knowledge →
Add a story to your drill. This will allow you to contextualize the sets of questions and give people relevant information →
Limit each question to one piece of information that people need to remember. Especially for adaptive learning, short and relevant questions are the most effective →
Drills are assessment-based: learning by answering questions and remembering feedback. Incorporate the message people need to remember in the answers →
Use the feedback option to explain answers. This will help people grasp and remember the material quickly →
Use different types of questions and answers, such as open-ended, multiple-choice, hotspot and sequence questions. Also use images, videos and audio clips →
When you ask about one and the same learning element in different ways, you will make sure the information is processed actively and, therefore, remembered better →
Set learning goals for drills and courses to make sure people brush up on time. Also add the latest information to keep your drills up to date. Check below to find out how it’s done →
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