Measuring Learners’ Confidence in Their Abilities

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2018 - March 29, 2018

Alexander Walker

Senior Director, Learning Research and Design
MedStar Health Simulation Training and Education Lab

After the blood, sweat, and tears you put into designing a learning experience, how do you know it made a difference? Ideally, you can measure Kirkpatrick Levels 1 ­– 4 following your education and be confident of your impact. More often, measuring changing behaviors in the real world is trickier due to issues like cost, or access, inherent in many performance environments (e.g., healthcare). What tools can bridge that gap?

In this session, you’ll learn how measuring learners’ confidence in their abilities, called self-efficacy, can give you insight into eventual changes in their behavior and performance. Learn about the underlying theory and evidence in support of self-efficacy measures. Learn tips and best practices for creating the individual assessment items and an overall self-efficacy tool tailored to the learning experiences you want to evaluate. You’ll leave the session with a new tool in your measurement toolbox that will get you one step closer to assessing the impact of your education on your learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why you can use self-efficacy measures as an index of potential changes in behavior and performance resulting from your education
  • What makes a good self-efficacy measure
  • How to identify the behaviors or abilities that you should assess with a self-efficacy measure
  • How to create a self-efficacy measurement tool that is tailored to the specific learning experience you want to evaluate


Novice to intermediate designers, developers, and managers.


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