Design principle 9:

→ Keep drills challenging by including up-to-date information and learning goals

Set learning goals for drills 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!


It is important to set a learning goal for drills or courses, keep your content up to date, and adapt the tone of voice to your target group.

  • Learning goals: the minimum proficiency level you want to achieve through a drill or course. It is a minimum percentage you want people to attain and retain. As soon as the proficiency level is about to drop below this percentage, Drillster will send a notification to prompt the person to start brushing up. Bear in mind that when exactly this happens is different for everyone. Drillster calculates the proficiency level for each person individually and sends individual notifications.
  • Tone of voice: the way you communicate with a target group. It is the tone you want to strike as a brand/company, which can be formal, informal, youthful, etc., but it can also be different for each target group.
  • Up-to-date content: keep drill content up to date: the stories, questions, and feedback. Read more in the next paragraph.


  • Learning goals: setting learning goals for a drill or course is easy. When you set a learning goal, students/employees will get timely reminders to refresh their knowledge right before it is about to fade. Consider it a minimum proficiency level. It will make sure people have the required knowledge and skills ready the whole year-round, and not only when they need to take a test or just after classroom-based training.
  • Tone of voice and content: if you manage multiple teams or teach several groups that use Drillster, align your tone of voice with each drill target group. And even more importantly, adapt the learning material to your target group. Information on changes to data protection legislation has different implications for the compliance team than for front-desk staff. Make sure drill content resonates with people and that they understand the jargon. You should make different drills for different teams and departments, tailored to their needs, otherwise, you run the risk of people tuning out.
  • Up-to-date content: it also goes without saying that it is important to keep drill content up to date. This will keep your drill varied, but it is also needed because rules/legislation/protocols/research results change. Existing drill content is easy to edit and update. No need to design an entirely new drill, simply make minor changes to existing ones. It couldn’t be simpler!


This is an example of a course in which news value is incorporated by means of a story. Through a newspaper article about a recent successful resuscitation, people immediately know why going through this drill is of vital importance.

10 drill design principles

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.

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  • Training: training your employees to become Certified Instructional Drill Designers.
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  • Drill review: one of our educational specialists will help you by reviewing your drill content.
  • Bulk input: entering large volumes of content.
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