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Pooling and randomizing questions


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Many times you want to create assessments that include questions that come from a pool of questions. In that case the user will see some questions from a larger group of questions when they take the quiz. We use pools to increase the fairness of a quiz. Each learner is going to receive a different set of questions, but they'll all be from the same pool of questions. It also allows a single learner to take the same quiz more than one time because they will seeing different questions every time they take the quiz.
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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Pooling and randomizing questions

Many times you want to create assessments that include questions that come from a pool of questions. In that case the user will see some questions from a larger group of questions when they take the quiz. We use pools to increase the fairness of a quiz. Each learner is going to receive a different set of questions, but they'll all be from the same pool of questions. It also allows a single learner to take the same quiz more than one time because they will seeing different questions every time they take the quiz.

We will be using the Chapter 10_c file that we developed earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then switch to the Quizzing workspace. In the Filmstrip navigate to slide 8. I would like to insert a pool of questions after slide 8. Under Quiz go to the Question Pool Manager. If I had an existing pool of questions in another quiz, I could import them now using Import Question Pools.

I am going to create a new question pool, however, now. Pool1 will be created automatically. I create some new questions in the pool by clicking the plus sign. You can add any number of questions to the pool. We will add a Multiple Choice, a True/False, and a Matching question. Each of these is going to be graded. Having made those choices, click OK. We see all three of the questions are now listed in the pool. Having added them to the pool I'll choose Close.

Now I can adjust the questions that are inside of the pool. You already know how to set up a Multiple Choice and a True/False question. These are questions 1 and 2. Let's take a look at how we set up a Matching question, which is question number 3. Over under to the Quiz properties in the General section you can see that you can change the number of items in the first and second columns. The objective in a matching question is to connect an item in the first column with one or more items in the second column.

In order to get the questions correct, you have to properly match up everything from the left with everything on the right. In many cases you may have more options on the right than there are on the left. This is okay. Let's type in some values here. We will edit the items in Column 1. Select the first item and select all. Now type Cutting Implement and Escape. Make that wider. Now it fits.

Click anywhere outside. Now let's enter our second item. I didn't want to move that so I'll undo, then I will put it back, and I need to shorten it by grabbing this drag handle here. There we go. I want the second item, double- click to select it, select all. This one, we'll call it amaryllis plant type. Again, we will have to make it wider. Hit Escape, make it wider, and then reduce its height.

We'll remove the last item by changing the number in Column 1 from 3 to 2. Over in Column 2 we will put in some possible answers. For answer A we will double-click, select all, type in bulb, and Escape. For the second question double-click, select all, type in kitchen shears. And for the third one double-click, selects all, type in airplane.

This is a completely wrong answer. No one could possibly pick airplane. We are putting it in there for illustration. Now let's match up Column A with Column B. The first question matches up with B. Select the answer and choose B. Do the same here. It should be A. Now we are done with this Matching question. In reality you will most likely have many more questions in Column 1 and in Column 2. Now we have three questions in our question pool.

We can add questions from the pool to our quiz now. Switch back to the Filmstrip. You'll notice that no questions have been added between Short Answer and Rating Scale. We add pool questions by selecting the slide after which we want the pool questions to be added. Then from the Quiz menu we choose Random Question Slide. This is going to be a random question that's coming out of pool number 1.

It will pull any one of those three questions to be inserted here. To add another random question, I would add an additional random question slide from this pool. In that case every time I took the quiz, I would end up with two out of three questions. Right now I'm going to get one of the three questions at this point in my quiz. Let's preview the result. In the Filmstrip, choose slide 5 and then preview from here.

We click to continue and quickly answer the questions. This is a bulb. This will not harm the planet. We used sharp shears. Now here's our random question. This time we got the multiple choice question. We didn't fill in any of the values for the multiple choice question.

I do know that the default correct answer, however, is A. Now we are looking back at the Rating Scale question. At the end of the day we answered all four graded questions correctly. The next time I took this quiz I am likely to get a different question out of that pool. We can close the preview now and save as Chapter 10_d. Of course, this quiz is incomplete.

It's going to require that you go back and make some adjustments. You need to actually come up with some questions for the question pool and adjust the background so that it matches the other slides. Question pools are a great way for you to make your assessments fairer and to allow users to be able to take that assessment more than one time without seeing the same quiz.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
 
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