Evaluation is important and not just for the learner, but it is also important for the course to be evaluated. How can you go about creating a post-course evaluation? Well you have come to the right place!
A post course evaluation is not only to assess your course material, but it is to also help you figure out what adjustments you can make to help improve the course for future learners. So, you might be wondering why, why is it so important to evaluate your course? I mean doesn’t the learners outcome give you enough data on how the course is being represented?
Let’s first talk about what a post-course evaluation actually is. It is a document that is distributed to all participants at the end of a course. You want to create a series of questions (simple and to the point) that are designed to help you gather information about what the leaners thought about the course. Did they like it, did they find it useful, was it long, was there not enough content, etc. This will be able to give you some sort of idea of how the learners are doing I the course. It will also give you an idea about creating more courses, based on their feedback. Make sure to ask the question of what other areas would interest them. Will help with future course designs!
To help you get started, here is a list of questions that would be good to include in your post-course evaluation:
- Did you like the training?
- Was the instructor qualified?
- Were the learning objectives met?
- What topics should be added or omitted?
Make sure to ask questions that are a little more specific to the course itself, such as:
- Rate your level of confidence with the new skills acquired on a scale of 1-10
- How do you feel you can apply what you’ve learned on the job?
- Do you have a task in the near future that allows you to apply the new skill/knowledge?
- Identify a specific work situation where you will apply what you’ve learned
These questions address actual performance and application of the new knowledge and skills, which should always be the end goal of any training. Having these answers should give you a bit more information about how the training will actually impact the business and the bottom line.