Online training sessions have proved to be a blessing in disguise. With the amazing benefits of online education to the organizations, they are willing to invest more and more of their resources in this area. The best learning management systems such as Paycom are making headway towards better assessment techniques.
The trainees of the training course can feel content with the following benefits-
The assessment of the training justifies its existence. For example, compliance training can justify its introduction in the organization with the help of the assessment of the compliance increased in the case of employees. Thus, providing itself with justifiable credibility.
Assessment part of the learning process-
The learning is dependent on assessment. How will the learner know how much they have learned and if they have learned anything, if not for the assessment?
Assessment helps establish the accountability of the included parties. If the assessment of the students is not up to par, then the accountability of this occurrence can rest on the inability of the trainer or ineptitude of the trainees or the quality of material or the unsuitability of the format of training, etc. The proper evaluation of the training process can help gauge, which pillar of training is shaky. Once established, it is easier to fix the gap.
Motivation to do better-
For a learner, the assessment can motivate them to do better. For a few students, if they score below par, they want to turn things around and do better to perform better next time. Whereas, for a few others, if they are doing better than they expected, it also instigates them to do even better.
When the learner is taking up the training, they give their efforts, their time, and a few other intangible resources. It is but natural that they would want to know the return of their invested resources, either monetarily or emotionally, or even by efforts.
Promotion of self-learning-
Assessment motivates the learner to self-learn and put in more effort to achieve a better result. If someone gets a better result than they expected, then they would be willing to put in a little bit of extra effort this time to be able to surpass their last result. If a learner gets unsatisfactory results in their assessment, then they have to put opt for self-learning to better their grade.
Improvement of goals and objectives-
When the assessment happens and even after optimum utilization of the resources the results are unexpectedly poor, then this means that the goals and objectives upon which the training program is based are faulty and need adjustment. Thus, prompting the improvement of initial goals and objectives.
Improvement in learning-
The assessment brings about the overall improvement in the learning taking place as a whole. An assessment in itself starts a chain of reactions that results in the improvement of the overall quality of learning in the organization. When the assessment takes place, if the assessment is positive the whole process is motivated to give their best even next time, because their efforts paid off, whereas in case of a bad one every one whether the trainer, the trainee, the LMS provider, the instructional designer, the human resources department, the administration department, the accounts department, or even the board of directors, everyone is expected to look for the mistakes and if they were caused due to them, and rectify them. Therefore the overall process benefits and there is improvement in learning.
Assessment is an important part of learning, the one that it can not function properly without. It gives the learning the proper direction that it requires. So, in the long run, the assessment improving the whole process, benefits the learner the most, as their learning is being aided.