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Understanding question types


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Video: Understanding question types

In this lesson, we are going to add some questions to our quiz. Before we do that, I would like to create a quizzing master slide. From Window choose Master Slide. There's currently one master slide. Let's create another one. Right-click and choose Insert > Master Slide. Now we will insert an image on this page. Insert > Image. In your Exercise Files, in Chapter 10/Project/Images, you'll find HandPQuizBackground.png, choose that and then click Open.
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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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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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Understanding question types

In this lesson, we are going to add some questions to our quiz. Before we do that, I would like to create a quizzing master slide. From Window choose Master Slide. There's currently one master slide. Let's create another one. Right-click and choose Insert > Master Slide. Now we will insert an image on this page. Insert > Image. In your Exercise Files, in Chapter 10/Project/Images, you'll find HandPQuizBackground.png, choose that and then click Open.

This will now build a background that doesn't have the hansel & petal logo on it. The hansel & petal logo does interfere with some of the content that the quiz manager will automatically build. Let's scroll down to the end of the project now. Select slider number 6, which is our Summary. In the General Properties, change the Master Slide from 1 to 2. Now we will be able to see all of the information that Captivate will provide for our quizzes. We are going to insert a few questions after the quiz intro.

We are not going to explore every type of question there is in this lesson. We will look at some of the question types that get used most frequently. In the Quiz menu choose Question Slide. From here, I can insert one or more question slides. I would like to include a Multiple Choice question, a True/False question, a Fill-In-The-Blank question and a Rating Scale question. The three questions at the top, the Multiple Choice, the True/False and the Fill-In-The-Blank, are all Graded questions.

You could change them to Survey question if you like. A Survey question is a question that gathers information but doesn't count against the user because there's no right or wrong answer. We are going to leave these three as Graded questions. You'll see that our Rating Scale question is always a Survey question. Click OK to insert these four questions. Scroll down to see the four questions.

Select slider number 6 and in the Properties panel let's change its Master Slide to Slide 2. We can repeat this with the other slides as well. Return to Slide 6. Captivate automatically names each quiz question with the type of question that's in use. This is a multiple-choice question. There are some details that we can see and they are better seen in the quizzing workspace.

Let's switch to the Quizzing workspace now. Under Classic choose Quizzing. Our Filmstrip is now along the bottom as well as our Timeline. Our Properties are on the right and our Quiz Properties are on the left. The Quiz Properties reflect the options for the specific questions that we are viewing at this time. This is our Multiple Choice question. Currently, it has two possible answers. Let's increase the number of answers to three. Type a 3 and hit Return.

You can see that automatically Captivate has added an additional answer. Let's see how we can now configure the Multiple Choice question. Select the "Type the question here" question box, select all, and type "An Amaryllis is what kind of plant?" Hit Escape to end editing and spread that out.

I would like to include three possible answers. The correct answer is bulb. Select answer A, select all and type "bulb." Go down the Choice B, click in there, double click, select all and type evergreen. We will do the same with C. Select it, double-click, select all, and type fruit. Hit Escape to end editing.

We determine the correct answer by selecting the radio button next to the correct answer. If evergreen be the right answer, I would click the radio button here and now evergreen is chosen as the correct answer. We all know based on what I said in the video that an amaryllis is indeed a bulb. Let's go on to the next question. Scroll down in the Filmstrip and choose Slide 7. We have a True/False question and the question will be as follows. Select the question, select all, and type "Removing green foliage will harm the amaryllis." Hit Escape to get out of editing.

What I would like to do now is to move the True and False answers down. I can select them both, click and drag down. It turns out that removing the green foliage will not harm the amaryllis. So let's set that to False. The last question is our Fill-In-The-Blank question. I'll leave this description as it is. Double-click and type the following phrase. "It is best to use sharp shears when removing the foliage." Select the word sharp and we will mark that as the blank that we want people to fill in.

When the question is asked, there will be a blank that the user will have to type in the answer. The correct answer is Sharp. The last question is our Rating Scale. In a Rating Scale you can have multiple Survey questions. I only want one Survey question at this time but I could add additional questions here. I could also decrease the number of slots that they will have to indicate a preference. The default is 5.

Select the item and type "I will use this information in my job." Now we've made all the adjustments to our quiz. Let's save our project as Chapter 10_b. From the Filmstrip choose slide number 5 and we will preview from here.

We need to click to Continue to the quiz. An amaryllis is indeed a bulb. I'll choose the correct answer. I was correct. Click to continue. Removing green foliage will harm the amaryllis. I'll say true because I know that's the wrong answer. I want to see what the result is. Oh! I was wrong. I'll continue.

I will complete the sentence below by filling in the blank. It's best to use kitchen shears when removing the foliage. I'll Submit. Oh! That was wrong too. Oh. It supposed to be sharp. Ugh. Better luck next time. My last question is "I'll use this information in my job." Well, I somewhat agree that I'll use that information in my job. Now I'll Submit.

It turns out that I didn't do very well on this quiz. I only got a third of it right, so I failed. And that's the end of our quiz. You can close this preview now. While we have a quiz, there is only a few questions in it. We will add another specific type of question, which is the custom short answer question in the next lesson.

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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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