Purnima Valiathan

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Designing Assessments


Assessment design is both science and art. Understanding the science behind assessments is crucial for every instructional designer, and provides a solid foundation to the art of creating questions. This course, Designing Assessments, addresses both areas in depth. The course also covers techniques to design challenging assessments, including the design of scenario-based questions.

Who should take this course?

This course is meant for instructional designers, assessment designers, content developers, teachers and trainers – all those who are involved in teaching or designing any kind of learning material.

How is the course designed?

The course design offers interactive learning as starters followed by question design as the main course with scoops of sample questions served as dessert. The course is structured as follows:

  • Understanding assessments
    • Purpose of assessments
    • Types of assessments
  • Creating assessment questions
    • Assessment misconceptions
    • Assessing declarative knowledge
    • Assessment tools for procedural knowledge
    • Scenario-based questions
  • Evaluating Assessments
    • Reliability, Validity, Difficulty and Discrimination Index
    • Kirk Patrick Evaluation Model

Course Name Designing Assessments
Skills Addressed Question design, creative question design, decision making
(Learning Time)
Learning Seat Time – 2.5 hours; Course Access – 30 Days
Target Audience Instructional Designers; Content Developers; Trainers; Teachers, assessment developers
Online Assessment Yes


To qualify for your certificate from Purnima Valiathan, you must complete all episodes in this course and score 70% or more in the course assessment.


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