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To measure the effectiveness of your eLearning project, you'll want to assess whether your learners have understood and retained the knowledge you are trying to pass on. In Captivate, this is typically done through quizzing, and in Captivate 6, you'll find a number of new and improved features to ensure your quizzes are accomplishing their intended goals. In this chapter, we'll be creating a quiz that will help us to determine if our learners truly comprehend what they've learned, but before we tackle the creation phase, let's get some basic understanding about quizzes first.
Now, a quiz is basically a series of questions, and Captivate 6 offers a number of different question types to consider, like true or false, and multiple-choice. There's fill in the blank, and short answer, as well as matching, sequence, rating scale, and random questions. We'll be exploring these different question types in greater detail later in this chapter, but it's important to know, Captivate is very flexible in how you get your answers. Now, to help your learners with areas where they might be experiencing some difficulty, you may also want to incorporate remediation in your quizzes. This is optional, but it allows learners to revisit relevant content when they answer a quiz question incorrectly.
Now, we can do this in Captivate 6, and we'll cover this topic in more detail later in this chapter. Scoring is another important part of eLearning assessment, and Captivate 6 includes a number of scoring options, including some new features, like partial and negative scoring. If you have questions with more than one right answer, you might want to use partial scoring. And if you want to take points away from a learner who might be using guesswork, and chooses the wrong answer, you might want to incorporate negative scoring in your quiz. We'll explore these options as well later in the chapter.
Of course, the results of a quiz will let us know whether a learner has understood and retained what was presented. This is the reporting phase, and analyzing results is another important part of eLearning assessment. Captivate 6 allows us to connect to a variety of learning management systems to help with this phase, and we'll examine this important aspect at the end of this course when we get into publishing your eLearning projects. So now that you have a better understanding of the basics of eLearning assessment, it's time to set up our first quiz. We'll do that next.
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