Tips for effective mobile assessments

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Mobile phone usage is growing, and it’s rapidly changing the way we tackle daily tasks. In 2009, 90 percent of the world’s population was covered by a mobile signal, as opposed to 61 percent in 2003. These numbers continue to grow.

What does this mean for the learning industry? It means the ability to reach millions of people anywhere, anytime. Mobile delivery enables new possibilities for observational assessment and exam rooms that can be set up when and where they are needed. It can change the way we test, by bringing assessments into the field and evaluating the performance of specific tasks as they are being done. Delivering assessments on location and offering low-stakes quizzes and surveys on smartphones makes it possible to gather information and get results on the spot. These capabilities, along with QR code technology, which allows anyone to scan a code with a smartphone and be automatically redirected to a webpage or assessment, bring a whole new meaning to “thinking small.”

The ability to fit information on small screens is the key to reaching people on the go. What are some of the tools you can use to reach and assess your own audience? How can you ensure that the assessments that you create fit this new medium?  We’ve put together tips for creating assessments and delivering them to mobile to mobile devices in this SlideShare presentation.  Check  out these ideas and feel free share your own by leaving us a comment!

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