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Setting up a quiz


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Video: Setting up a quiz

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.
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  1. 2m 15s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
  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
    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 as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
    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

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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
  • Exporting and sharing a project
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James Lockman

Setting up a quiz

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.

We're not limited to simply proceeding to the next slide. You could also open a URL and send the user to a website. You could send some e-mail, you could execute a JavaScript. There are many things that you could do including nothing. In this case I want to Continue, because I'm going to include a final slide at the end of the presentation thanking them for taking the quiz. If the person fails, I can allow a number of retakes or give them the option to take the quiz forever.

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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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\
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\

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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