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In Captivate 5 Essential Training, author James Lockman demonstrates the core features of Captivate 5, the popular tool for authoring e-learning content such as interactive presentations, click-through simulations, and customized assessments. He shows how to import and sync PowerPoint presentations, add interactivity, and incorporate audio, video, and voiceovers. The course also includes tutorials on assessment reporting and integrating with SCORM-compliant learning management systems. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this lesson we are going to look at a specific type of question called a custom short-answer question. We are going to be using the Chapter 10_b file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and switch to the Quizzing workspace. In the Filmstrip go down the slide number 8. The question on this slide is a Fill-In-The-Blank question. In a Fill-In-The-Blank question the student has to enter the exact phrase that you've marked as a blank. In many cases though you want some flexibility as to what is correct when a person fills in the blank.
For that reason we are going to replace this with a custom short-answer question. Under Quiz choose Question Slide. Now choose Short Answer and OK. Our Short Answer question has been indicated here. We want that question to be similar to what was in slide number 8. Select the question, double-click, and select all. The question now should be please indicate the type of shears we used in this training.
Hit Escape and extend to the box to the right. Select the question area and move it down. You'll notice that we can now enter some correct entries. Slide the view to the side and you can see that we have a plus and minus to add correct entries. One correct answer would be "kitchen." Let's add another correct answer.
That would be "sharp." You could add additional correct answers. This provides you with greater flexibility than the Fill-In-The-Blank type of question. Let's remove the Fill-In-The-Blank question now. Select it and type the Delete key to delete it. Let's return to slide number 5 and we'll preview our work. Preview from this slide.
We'll click to continue to take the quiz, and amaryllis is indeed a bulb. I'll type Y to continue. Removing green foliage will harm the amaryllis? In this case, no. I'll click to continue. Lastly I'll indicate the type of shears we used in the training. I'll type "kitchen" and Submit.
That's correct, because it's one of the two correct choices that we had created. I'll answer this last question now. Having answered to all of the three graded questions correctly, my score is 100% and I passed the test. We can close our preview now and then save as Chapter 10_c.
The custom short-answer question provides you with much greater flexibility when seeking direct feedback from your learner. Use it in those cases when there could be more than one response to a question.
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