Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding graded quiz questions, part of Captivate 9: Quizzes.
- If you've never added quiz questions to a Captivate project before, or you need a refresher, we'll do that right now. We'll also talk about the three different types of quiz questions that Captivate offers. Let's start by adding just a single graded question to our Wisdom Pets presentation. There's already a spot set up for this, and that is on Slide 17, so I'm just gonna scroll down. And you can see that this just bascially lets the user know that a quiz is coming and they can click Begin Quiz when they're ready to start. So you may notice here in the Filmstrip that we already have a number of graded questions already added, and that's okay.
We're gonna add another question that will be the first question in the quiz. So with Slide 17 selected, I'm gonna go to the quiz menu and then Question Slide. And we're presented here with a list of different types of questions that we can add to our project. So we've got Multiple Choice, True/False, Fill-In-The-Blank, Short Answer, Matching, Hot Spot, and Sequence. Rating Scale and Random Question are a little bit special, and we'll talk about those in just a minute. I'm gonna add a Multiple Choice question, so I'll just tick the box next to that.
And as soon as I do, you'll see that the two fields on the right become active. In the first field, I can specify how many Multiple Choice questions I want to add to the project. I'm just gonna keep it at one. If we open up this drop-down, you see the three different types of questions that are available to us. Graded, Survey, and Pretest questions. Graded questions are just like they sound. Your users will be graded on if they answer the question correctly or not. A Pretest question is used to gauge your user's knowledge, and then, based on the results, you can make decisions about what they should do next.
For example, should they view the rest of the project because they didn't do very well on the Pretest, or do they already understand the content well enough and they should move on to something else? Survey questions are ungraded, and that would be used in a case where you just wanna gather information from your users. For instance, maybe you wanna survey your user base to gather feedback about an existing training, or maybe you wanna gauge interest in a new proposed company-wide wellness program. So, the first seven types of questions all offer the option between Graded, Survey, and Pretest.
Now if I select Rating Scale or Likert Scale question you'll notice that Survey is grayed out, basically that's the only choice that we have. Likert Scale questions ask you to rate something based on a scale. For instance "Rate your satisfaction with today's training. "1 being bad, and 5 being excellent." Since there's no right or wrong answer with this type of question, it makes sense that it can only be an ungraded Survey question. We'll actually set up a Survey later on in this course.
A Random Question is when you want to present one of several questions to a user at random. We'll talk more about that in the section about Question Pools, later on in the course. So, we've seen kind of all the options that are available here. We're just gonna stick with one Multiple Choice question and make sure it's a graded question. And I'm gonna click OK. At this point, our new Multiple Choice question is added to the timeline right after Slide 17. To customize the content, basically you just double-click on what you want to change, and start typing.
So for instance I'll double-click where it says "Type the question here," and I'll put "Which of the following vaccinations should you give a cat at 12 weeks of age?" If you don't like how the text looks, or where it's placed, you can click on the box around it and you can resize it, and you could move it around to a different place on the screen if you wanted, and you could also use all of these different options over here on the right in the Properties under Style. And you can change what font it uses, what size it uses, if you want to have a stroke color around the edge of this box, all sorts of different choices.
Now for the answers, for the first possibility I'm going to type in "Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis," let's see if I can spell that. The second answer is gonna be "Calci Virus." Now this is a Multiple Choice question, I need to give the user more than just two choices. So to do that, I'm gonna click on the background of the slide, just in the white area, and now go over on the right to the Quiz panel. And I'm gonna scroll up in the Quiz panel, and I'm gonna change this area that says "Answers: 2" to 4.
And as soon as I do that, we get two more answers here on the left. Now, you'll notice that we also have the choice here under the Numbering drop-down to change it from being numbered A, B, C, and D we can change the numbering from being A, B, C, and D to 1, 2, 3, either using periods or using parenthesis. I'll just stick with A, B, C with parenthesis. So, now with my other two answers, I'm gonna type in our other choices. The correct answer to this question is D.
So to indicate that to Captivate, I'll select the radio button next to "All of the above." And that's all you have to do. The quiz slides don't have to be just text. You can add in things like sound and images, just like you can on other slides in Captivate. So for this slide, I'm gonna go to the Media menu, and choose Image, and in the start folder in the Exercise Files for this lesson, I have an image called question1, of a little cat, and I'll just grab that cat and move it over to the side.
And that adds a little more visual interest to our slide. So you can see that formatting the question slides is not necessarily difficult, it mostly just takes a little time to get everything typed in and positioned. For that reason, we have seven other questions already in this project, so we don't have to sit here and build them all out one by one. There's at least one of each of the different types of questions. So we'll start with our Multiple Choice, there's a True/False question, a Fill-In-The-Blank, next is a Sequence question where you drag the items into the correct sequence that it would happen in time, Short Answer, another second Multiple Choice, a Matching question, and then finally a Hot Spot question where you're supposed to click on the correct part of the image.
Setting up each of these questions is a little bit different, but they're mostly pretty intuitive. For instance, for our Matching question I just had to type in the choices in column one and column two, and then indicate which ones went with which by using this drop-down here. And I can choose to change my answers just by changing the answers in the drop-down. You can also drag the answers here on the right column up and down, if I drag Coughing up, you'll see that Captivate has re-lettered it, and it's now Answer C instead of Answer D.
So I wanna drag that back down. So setting up each question is a little bit different in process depending on what type of question it is, but to add in all these question slides I did it the exact same way as what we just did, I went to the Quiz menu, I said Question Slide, I added in the questions, typed in the content, and added in the picture. That's all I've done, no modifications as to how the questions or the quiz itself behaves has been done at this point. So once you've got just even one quiz question added into your project, Captivate will create this Quiz Results slide for you and insert it after the last question in your quiz.
So for us, that's slide 26. You can see that it shows information like what the score was, what the maximum possible score was, how many questions did the user get correct, and so on. Down in this gray Review Area, it will tell the user whether they've passed or failed. And we'll look at modifying this slide in more detail in another lesson. So, let's check out our project. I'm going to go up to slide 17, the Test Your Knowledge slide, and I'm gonna go to the Preview menu and Preview the project From this Slide.
So here's our first question, let's see how it works. I'll click "All of the above," which is the right answer, and I'll click Submit. And I get a little caption that says good job. Click to continue. Now we go on to our True or False question, and I'll answer this one correctly, I'll say Submit, "Correct - Click anywhere, press y to continue." And the answer to this is 6 months. So I'll Submit. So our questions seem to be working well.
However, note that after I answer a question there's kind of a pause before the quiz goes on to the next question, so let's just say I'll click Submit here. Oh, hey, that happened to be the right answer. Now, I'll click anywhere to continue. And see that little wait that happened? I don't like that, I wanna get rid of that. So I'm gonna close my Preview. I'm gonna go to the first question in the project, which is slide 18, and now I'm gonna double-click on Timeline, on the bottom of my screen to open up the Timeline.
And I'm actually going to use this little Change Zoom slider here at the bottom to kind of expand my view, so I can see better what's going on. So looking at this Timeline, we can see two layers. The bottom layer represents the question slide and all the stuff that's on it, the only thing that's not included in this Slide 18 layer is the little picture of the cat that we added in, and that's this image right here. So you can see this little Pause sign that appears in the slide layer, it appears at about one and a half seconds.
So I'm gonna click Play below the Timeline to simulate what happens when a user enters this slide. And you can see that this red Play head goes on down the slide, now I'll click pause, kinda missed it. The red Play head will pause right there waiting for the user to answer the question. Once they have, it just goes on down the rest of the Timeline, and then jumps to the next question. So there's one and a half seconds between the pause and the end, and that is what is causing our pauses.
Now I'm gonna click on the gray background here next to my quiz question to make sure I don't have anything selected, and I'm gonna go into the Quiz panel over here on the right, I'm gonna scroll down, and you can see that the On Success action is set to Continue. To get rid of that one and a half second pause, I'm just gonna hover my mouse over the Pause icon in the Timeline, and I'm gonna wait for it to turn into a double-headed arrow. If you can't quite get it, you might wanna try clicking a few times and see if you can get it to select, and then I'm just gonna drag over to the right and I'm gonna watch that little number to the left here, where it says Active 1.2, 1.6, 1.9.
I'm gonna watch that and drag this over to 2.8 seconds. So now, when the user enters the question, the play head will take almost three seconds to pause. That's fine, because I think it'll take at least that long to actually read the question, but once the user has answered the question it only takes two tenths of a second for the next question to appear. So let's check that out. I'm gonna go to the Preview menu, and then Preview From This Slide. So that Play head has gone down to the Pause in the Timeline, which we don't see, we don't have any idea that's going on as the user.
It's just waiting for us to answer the question, I'll say "All of the above," click Submit, we get our feedback, now I'll click anywhere to continue and we go to the next question right away. I think that's much better. So before moving on to the next lesson, I will take the time to adjust all the quiz slides in the same way on the Timeline. I'm also gonna do the same thing for the Quiz Results slide, just so we don't have much lag going on in between these slides. So now you've seen the basics on how to add quiz questions to a Captivate project.
Now there's quite a few more choices available regarding how the questions behave individually and as a quiz as a whole. And that's what we're gonna work with next.
- Adding graded quiz questions
- Choosing behavior settings
- Negative scoring and partial scoring
- Adding and scoring knowledge checks
- Customizing quiz behavior
- Creating pretests and surveys
- Packaging results for an LMS
- Uploading to Moodle