Get comfortable with certainty-based marking for E-learning

Get comfortable with certainty-based marking for E-learning

The onset of Industry 5.0 focusses on the cooperation between man and machines, and believes that intelligence works in harmony with cognitive computing. Putting humans back to industrial production with collaborative robots gives an opportunity to workers to upskill themselves in value-added tasks in production.

From the development point of view, now is the time to think about the future and best prepare for the upcoming situations that can be a game changer for any industry.

New skills are necessary, but a collaborative workplace is beneficial for all in the long term. All we have to do is keep an open mind.

In EHS & OHS, one shall agree that one of the greatest challenges is holding the attention span of workers – keeping them absorbed in the essential safety subject matter.

For information delivery, be it micro learning, spaced repetition or certainty-based marking, all aim to produce optimum results in an employee’s work. Micro learning breaks topics to tiny pieces and prevents overwhelming information flow with short and easily consumable segments.

Take this step further, and we arrive at spaced repetition, where they are shown the information they have failed to retain or recall – this can be via any medium. Take, for an example, hazardous material handling training – it can be reinforced frequently by letting the workers access a small video snippet or a micro game to test their awareness about the topic.

Finding core safety ideas to match organizational goals

In safety, the crux of such approaches are to create shorter, focused and on-the-go modules leveraging our digital devices to learn safety information – they can be simple topic sections of a bigger training course.

If an organization has a large number of fire accidents, a micro learning module that is created on the core safety idea of “fire prevention measures” and educates employees on how to manage the situations, equipment and processes effectively prevents fire accidents.

Micro learning is good to produce micro skill and awareness-level learning, enhancing conception of specialized, individual tasks that are stand-alone, or part of a larger content. For example, a personal protective equipment training typically lasts over a few days.

Still, there are times when we’ll recall the facts correctly, but still won’t be 100% confident about the solution. Our gut feeling says that we are just guessing it – traditional learning methods do not account for such scenarios, because an answer marked correct deems him/her competent of the skills.

Certainty Based Marking is an opportunity to eliminate the likelihood of guessing answers and develop a workforce that applies knowledge with full conviction.

But how do you differentiate between learners with whom you can ascertain that they are really ready to apply the learning at the workplace?

Certainty-based marking increases learning sustainability by making an abstract point concrete for learners and visualizing how that procedure taught applies to a worker’s daily job. It is basically a multiple-choice assessment (a part of E-learning) that requires learners to not only indicate the correct answer, but further need to rate how strongly they believe their answer is correct.

Main focus of any E-learning course is –

  • To recognize improvement areas in learners of improvement in learners
  • Fuel understanding and recover confidence levels
  • Boost reflective learning

Because a great learning approach is –

  • Having audience groups that respond well to learning ‘in the moment’ and ‘long-term’
  • Clarity on content with no grey areas – just ‘right or wrong’.

Safety E-learning is a series of steps, and each step should precede some steps and follow others. Identifying and prioritizing these steps foster better strategic thinking than most other approaches to safety.

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