→ Engage the learner by using a story
Add a story to your drill by creating a short course. This will allow you to contextualize the sets of questions and give people relevant information before they start answering the questions. Check below to find out how it’s done!
A story is often used as an introduction to a drill, making it the first thing shown to people when they start the drill. Another option is to use stories in a course in between drills, or at the end of a drill or course. Stories can come in the form of text, images, audio clips or videos. Contrary to the other Drillster features, stories are strictly one way. Make sure you keep it brief (see design principle 2). When a story does not add value to your drill or course, it’s best to just leave it out and let people focus on truly valuable information.
A story can serve the following purposes:
There are numerous cool ways to design a story. We have included an example below. The possibilities are endless, so you can really go nuts on this!
An example of how to create more engagement and convey the urgency of the drill with a story →
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 →
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 →
Optimize learners' commitment by keeping them motivated. Communicate why drills are so important →
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