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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're going to set up the properties of the quiz. We'll be using the Chapter 10 file that's in your Project folder in the Chapter 10 folder in your Exercise Files folder. If you don't have it open, please open it now. Let's go to the Preferences panel. On a Macintosh it's located under the Adobe Captivate menu and on a Windows computer it will be in the Edit menu. Let's examine the Quiz category. Choose Reporting first. At the moment we're not going to turn on Reporting for this project.
We will look at this panel in another chapter. In the Settings panel we're going to name the quiz. While you can retain the name quiz, that's usually not very informative. When you have multiple quizzes in a presentation it can get quite confusing. Let's name this quiz Amaryllis Quiz. You can determine whether or not the quiz is required. There are four choices here. The user could skip the quiz, which is not the case in this program. It is required, which means that they must take it and that's going to be the case here.
We could also require that they pass the quiz in order to continue, or we could require that they answer all of the questions. That's a little different from passing. Required means they have to at least start the quiz and get to the end of it. They may leave some questions unanswered. Answer All means they have to actually answer all the questions and of course, Pass Required means that they have to actually pass the quiz. We'll figure out what pass and fail are shortly. We want this to be a required quiz.
We can set an Objective ID here. This is important for your learning management system to be able to identify this quiz when it's being aggregated with many other quizzes in the learning management system. You might get this objective ID from your administrator. In other cases, you can name it yourself. Let's call it AmaryllisQuiz, with no spaces. You can also include an Interaction ID Prefix. This note tells us that if we're publishing our quiz as part of a pool of questions, then we may want to add a prefix so that the pool questions don't get confused when they're being aggregated.
Let's call our prefix AmaryllisQuiz. That way if we aggregate this quiz with another quiz that happens to have the same named questions there won't be any confusion. There are some other settings that are important as well. Depending on the type of quiz you may want the answers to be shuffled. You can enable that function by clicking this box here. The Shuffle Answers option can lead to a quiz that is more fair.
Remember back in school when there were multiple-choice quizzes and someone always had the list of answers and they knew question 1 was A, and question 2 was Q, and question 3 was X and whatever the numbers were going to be. If we shuffle our answers it makes it very, very hard for people to cheat using that strategy. You've got to think about your own objective to determine whether or not you want to shuffle the answers. You can determine whether you want to show the progress as the person's taking the quiz. If you choose to Allow Backward Movement, then the person who is taking the quiz will be able to go back to previous questions and change their answers.
In many cases we want to show the score at the end of the quiz. I'm going to turn that on now. I can also allow the user to review the quiz after they've completed it. I'm going to turn off this option. Based on what we see here, my quiz is called Amaryllis Quiz. Its Objective ID is AmaryllisQuiz. Interaction ID of course, is AmaryllisQuiz. I'm going to show my progress, I'm going to allow backward movement and I'm going to show the score at the end of the quiz.
Let's take a look at what is a passing score. If 80% or more of the total points are earned, then that is considered a passing grade for this quiz. I can adjust this number at will. If I'm not scoring on a percentage basis, then I could look for a total number of points required to pass. You'll have to determine for yourself based on the quiz how you want to record that scoring result. If the person passes, what do we want to happen next? The actions that we have available here are similar to those that we have when we use buttons in Captivate.
Your decision to limit the number of attempts will be based on how you're going to use the results of that quiz. If the person fails, what do we want to have happen? You could send them back to the beginning of the quiz to take it again. In that case you'd use a Jump to slide and perhaps go back to the training portion. In this case if they failed, I might want to send them back to slide number 3 to have them review the video. I'll choose Jump to slide and choose slide number 3.
The last thing in this list are the Default Labels. I'm not going to make any adjustments to the labels now, but I want to expose them to you here. You can adjust the style for each of the labels and the text that appears on them when they get created by the quiz manager. Having set up my quiz I'm going to click OK. You can see that my Quiz Properties panel has opened on the right and that we have a Quiz Results slide that has been constructed. The Quiz Results slide is currently at position two.
I need to move it to the end of the slide deck. Click-and-drag on slide 2 and drag it to the bottom of the list. Now the slide is at the end of the project, which is where I need it to be. Having now completed the setup of our quiz, let's save this as Chapter 10_a.
Although it may seem tedious to have spent all of that time setting up the quiz, you're going to thank yourself later. You don't want to be in a position where you don't know where the information is coming from when your users are taking the quiz.
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