Using tab interactions for knowledge check questions

You might have decided (or it might have been decided for you), that as Joe Bloggs progresses through your elearning material, he should be given the opportunity to check his understanding of the principle at hand. So how about putting a twist on the traditional multiple choice question (or MCQ) that tends to be the norm, here?

Instead of using the quiz feature within your development tool, how about using the tab interaction? After all, it’s a form of self assessment, so you don’t need to be tracking whether or not he got the answer right. Right?

Also, using the tab feature allows you to add a dimension that is often missing from bog standard MCQs.

Here’s how:

Pose your scenario and provide three or four possible responses (avoid the traditional tendency to have at least one absolutely spurious example – you’re dealing with adults, here). Your scenario/question text constitutes the ‘introduction’. Each of the four (or three, or eight, whatever) options constitutes a tab.

Joe selects the tab that he thinks represents the correct answer. Then, instead of just telling him he got it right or wrong, you’ve got space to tell him WHY! Ask him a few questions that might give him an idea as to what he’s overlooked. After all, he may have drawn the wrong conclusion, but still got the question right, purely by chance. And by simply saying ‘Correct!’ you have just affirmed him in his faulty logic. So off he goes and applies it in the workplace… with potentially disastrous results.

So how about this instead? I’ve created this example using Articulate, but most rapid development tools have a similar feature.

A screenshot of the tab interactionClick on the screenshot above to have a go for yourself – it’ll pop up in another tab (or window for pre-tabbed browsing folk).

Author: Karyn Romeis Karyn Romeis (aka the learning anorak) has been in the field of L&D for more than 20 years and can't really imagine doing anything else. She is a wild-eyed zealot who waves her hands about as she waxes enthusiastic on the subject of learner empowerment, embedded learning, social tools... or any number of other subjects dear to her little heart. Website: http://www.learninganorak.co.uk/ Contact: http://twitter.com/learninganorak


  1. This is such a good idea. I feel kinda dumb that I never thought of it myself = ] Thanks very much. Will tweet!

    • Karyn Romeis says:

      Thanks, Connie. To be honest, I think most of us feel the same when someone moots a really simple idea. I’m just glad to have supplied you with the spark. Next time, the boot may well be on the other foot!

      • I was just thinking, it would be good to at least partially repeat the question at the top of each feedback screen, perhaps in another color. Some questions are complicated and the learners might forget what the original question.


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