Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Pretesting, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
As you're creating e-Learnings there may be times that you want to have a learner skip sections inside of your presentation. For example, maybe your e-Learning covers two different topic areas and they've already taken one of those topic areas. Or, in this example, maybe our student attended a face to face Summer training. And we'd like to learn that up front so they could skip a bulk of this information. Sometimes we can do a pretest to determine what part of the training the learner actually needs to take. In this video, we're going to create a pre-test to determine whether or not the learner could have gained this information in a different way. And then we're going to jump that learner to appropriate sections of our training. To get started, I'm going to go ahead and insert a pre-test directly after our opening slide. To do this, I'll go to Quiz and I'll select Pre-Test Question Slide.
Once again I get the insert question window that opens up, but you'll notice that all of the right hand boxes are pre-filled pre-tests. And that means I can't select a rating scale or random question. I'm going to go ahead and select a multiple choice question with just one question and thin click ok. Here at the top where it says multiple choice I'm just going to go ahead and change this to. Before we begin, in the question box I'm going to go and type out the question, have you attended any of the following? For the answer types, I'm going to go ahead and just select the box that has all of the answers in it. In the properties panel, under the quiz tab, I'm now going to change the number of answers to three.
And I want to assign points that's divisible by the number of options there are. So because there's going to be three different options I'm going to assign nine points meaning each option is worth three points. I'm going to allow for multiple answers and I'm also going to allow for partial scoring. When I check partial scoring you'll notice that my points have gone away. I'll go ahead and make sure all three of these questions are possible, and then let's go and type in the answers. The first one could be in on campus training, maybe there was a summer session training. And maybe this information was also discussed at a parent night.
So our pretest is going to ask the learner to select if they've attended any of these other sessions. And maybe what we've found is if they've attended two of the sessions their knowledge is complete and they don't need to go through this training. But if they've only attended one session then they still need to complete the training. So the next step is to write some actions to determine how they navigate through our e-learning based on these answers. But before we do that, we need to make sure that each of these answers has the correct number of points assigned to it. Now before we said there was nine total points and three answers. So hypothetically each one of these answers should be worth three points. In order to test that, we want to select just one answer.
We're going to go to the properties tab, and under options I can see points. Now what actually happened is Captivate assigned all nine points to the first question. So I'm going to change that to three points. I'll click to the next one which was zero points and I'll change it to three points as well. And then the third question, we'll go ahead and make three points as well. Now keep in mind that I'm using three because I originally typed nine. But I can overwrite that nine by changing these numbers. For example, maybe this summer training session was really good. And if anyone attended the summer training session, they don't have to go through the training.
So I'll go ahead and make it worth six points. If I select all of the questions again. And go back to my Quiz tab. I can see that my total points possible are 12. Six for the middle question. Three for the top question. Three for the bottom question. And now that these questions are weighted. We can use some advanced actions to determine the number of points you need to skip to the end. Versus the number of points you need to just continue. Let's do that now by scrolling to the bottom of the Quiz section. And selecting edit, pretest, action. This is going to be a little bit of a introduction to advanced actions. This course does not cover advanced actions, but there's several courses at lynda.com that'll dive into advanced actions more in depth.
This advanced action is associated only with these pretest, and we're going to end up writing two different conditions that go with it. This first condition I'm going to call basic knowledge. So what we'd like to have happen is if someone took this pretest and they scored, let's say, less than five. So that means they checked either box a or box c, but no other boxes. And if they have basic knowledge, I want them to continue through the presentation. So the way that we'll do this is we're going to come down to this if statement. So if this action's performed, then they're going to go to the next slide.
Now, right now it's cpquizinfopretestscorepercent. Because we're using numbers with partial scoring, I'd like to change this variable to be cp or captivate. Quiz info pre-test and it be the actual score that they get. So let's go ahead and double click. We're going to select Use Another Variable, and we're going to scroll down the variable list until we see our pre-test variables. Okay, so right here, we have a variable that's CP Quiz Info Pre-test Points Scored. Or it's the actual score they have. We'll now use some kind of comparison.
Such as, let's say it is less than, and we'll put an actual number in here or a literal. And we're going to type the number five. So if their score is less than five, which can only happen if they select just a or just c. Selecting b automatically puts them at six, and if they select a and c, they're automatically at six. And if they select all three, they're at 12. So essentially if they select nothing or only select a or select c, then their score is going to be less than five and they're going to go to the next slide. Well, let's write a second condition. I'm going to come over here to the second tab over and I'm going to call this advance knowledge.
And if they have advance knowledge, we want them to go right to the end of the presentation. So we'll add a variable that is. The exact same that we did before. CP quiz info pre-test point scored. If they are greater than or equal to. And we're going to choose a literal and we'll put six in here. Then what we'd like them to do is to jump to a slide. And the slide they're going to jump to is literally the last slide of the presentation where all they have to do is print their certificate. So now that we've got these actions written, we need to click the button that says Update Action. What Canvas is actually doing in the Advanced Actions is it's creating a script that's going to run in the background. This script, once it's updated, we can now close this. And we can go ahead and test our pretest. I'm going to build the entire presentation to do this. So I'll go to Preview and select Project. So I'll put my name into the welcome slide, click start training. And here at our pretest the first thing I'm going to do is test what happens if I just choose option a. So I'll select A and I'll click submit. So right away it just went onto the next slide, and that's perfect. That's exactly what we want it to do. I'm going to go ahead and close out of this and let's build the project again. Once again I'm going to make sure I put my name into it. And I'm doing this to make sure that it shows up properly on the certificate for when we get there. This time I'm going to select a and b, and let's click submit. So the pretest has determined that we already know the information. It's jumped us to the last slide, which is the certificate. It's filled my name into it, so all I have to do is print this and I'm ready to go. You can use Pretest for a lot of things in a lot of different ways inside of Captivate. You can also use Pretest to jump straight to a quiz. Let's say they've already taken a training but still need to be assessed on it.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project