The 10 drill design principles

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10 drill design principles

Making good instructional drill questions is certainly not rocket science. With our 10 drill design principles, we will help you get started designing perfect drills. These tips and tricks will have you making the best possible questions, based on educational design principles, and achieving an effective learning process and solidly anchored knowledge. Click the tiles below for further details and examples for each design principle.

Cut learning material up into short drills

Cut your learning material up into 10-minute drills. Microlearning is more effective and engaging, making it easier for users to learn at regular intervals.

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Limit drills to crucial need-to-know information

Focus on information that people need to remember. Use drills to anchor crucial knowledge.

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Engage the learner by using a story

Adding a story allows you to contextualize the sets of questions and give people relevant information before they start answering.

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Process one learning element per question

Short and relevant questions are the most effective for adaptive learning and smart repetition.

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Incorporate the information to remember into the answer

Drills are assessment-based: learning by answering questions and remembering feedback, thus actively processing information.

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Use immediate feedback: explain which answer is correct and why

Use the feedback option to explain answers. This is an indispensable part of assessment-based learning because showing it immediately makes the learner more likely to retain the right information.

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Alternate question styles and answer styles

Variation in both the question and answer styles makes learning more challenging and engaging. Therefore, you will strengthen the learning effect.

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Use question variants to optimize the learning effect

By asking a question about the same learning element in different ways, knowledge is processed actively and retained better.

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Keep drills challenging

It’s important to make and keep drills exciting. You can do this with learning challenges, up-to-date information and tone of voice.

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Communicate and motivate

Optimize students’ or employees’ commitment by keeping them motivated. Communicate why your drills are so important and why users are receiving this information and need to remember it.

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You are now ready to design your own drills! With these ten tips in mind, you can create the best drills in no time! Want to become a next-level instructional drill designer? Then check out how to achieve the ‘Certified by Drillster’ quality mark!

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