Assessment determines whether your learning objectives are being met and measures participants' changes in skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Assessment is integral to both library instruction and outreach efforts and is a meaningful way to demonstrate to stakeholders the impact of your Escape Room experience! The quantitative and qualitative data gathered via assessment can be used to craft a narrative and give context to how your Escape Room factors into your library's instruction and outreach initiatives.
Types of Assessment
Assessment Option Breakdowns
Surveys or Post-Tests
Aimed at assessing gains in knowledge or skills
Best in digital format, eg Qualtrics
Best chance of participation if an instructor or other point of authority is encouraging participation
Easily delivered directly following the activity
Relatively unobtrusive way to immediately gauge whether participants are achieving learning objectives
Especially useful for capturing candid, shareable blurbs
Provide in-depth data about how participants perceived the experience
Create opportunities for further learning and critical reflection
Sample Reflection Questions
Form of Assessment for any Escape Game Format
How is solving puzzles in a game like this similar to solving problems/puzzles in real life (research projects, writing a paper, etc.)?
Why would your professor require you to use a variety of source types for your research? (know how the difference between primary and secondary sources, know how to use CRAAP Test to evaluate your sources, etc.)?
What was the most challenging puzzle during today's game? Why do you think it was the most challenging?
What was the easiest puzzle during today's game? Why do you think it was the easiest?
Describe something new that you learned because of the game.
What was the greatest strength of your team? What was your team's weakness and how did you overcome it?