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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.
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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