Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating multiple-choice review questions, part of iBooks Author for Teachers: The Basics.
As you're developing a project, you may wish you had some kind of assessment tool to test whether students understand and remember the material that's been presented. iBooks Author allows you to add various kinds of interactive reviews at any point in your project, so students can test themselves and be sure of what they've learned. We'll start our look at reviews by seeing how to create one with multiple choice questions. So here I am at the end of my chapter, and to add a review quiz, I'll go to the Widgets menu in the toolbar and choose Review.
This creates a review widget on the page and it's composed of one multiple choice question right now in placeholder text. I'll start filling out this review by going to the Layout tab in the Widget inspector. And for the Title label, I'll keep None, but there is a Label called Review, which you could use if you wanted to, or you could choose Edit Label Styles and create you own label. For my title, I'll just use Chapter Quiz. I'll select it and use the Format bar to make it Bold.
I'll select my Widget, I'll turn on the Background, and use the Graphic inspector, I'll click in the color box, and choose a nice, relaxing blue color. Then I'll switch back to the Widget inspector and go the Interaction tab. Here's my first question, and if I click on the right side, I can see that the question can have anywhere between two and six potential answers. I'll leave it at four, and note also that I have the option to set this quiz to full-screen only.
This would be useful if you wanted to include material that's on the current page and not let students see that while they're taking the quiz. Next, we'll type or paste in the first question. In the Exercise Files, there's a text file called Chapter Quiz, which contains all the questions and answers if you don't want to type them. I'll select the first question, copy it, switch back to iBooks Author, select the question text, and Paste. Then I'll just type in the answer choices, and select Granite as the correct answer.
If I had a question where there was more than one right answer, I can mark each correct answer by Command+clicking on it, but in this case, there's just one. So that's it, this question is all set. Let's add another question by clicking on the pop-up menu in the inspector and choosing the second kind of multiple choice question. This one contains an image. I'll switch back to the Finder, and in the Exercise Files, I'm going to select pyrite.jpg, and drop it in.
I'll switch to my text file, grab the question, copy it, switch back to iBooks Author, and paste. And then I'll type in the answer choices and select the right answer. Let's add one more kind of multiple choice question. This one lets us add four images as answer choices, and the student will tap to select the right one. We'll go back to the text file, grab the question, copy it, paste it in, and then to add the photos. You could drag and drop them one at a time from the Finder into the question.
You can also just grab them all at once and drop them on the page, and then use the Metrics inspector to put them into the question, and then delete the other photos that you don't need. And select the right answer. Now back in the Widget inspector, if I wanted to reorder the questions in the quiz, I can simply drag them to a different position. And the navigation arrows in the widget also work right now. When students take the quiz, they tap their answer choice, and then tap to check their answer.
If they got it right, a green check appears next to their choice. If they got it wrong, a red X appears, and there's a button at the bottom of the widget they can tap to try the question again. At the end of the quiz, students get their score telling them how many questions they got right, and questions they skip are counted as incorrect. No matter what their score, students always have the option to start over and retake a quiz. In this movie, we saw how easy it is to create a review quiz with multiple choice questions. In the next movie, we'll continue to build our quiz by adding matching questions.
- Creating and editing layouts
- Setting text preferences
- Working with color and images
- Importing and moving content
- Adding an image gallery widget
- Creating scrolling sidebars and pop-overs
- Incorporating audio and video
- Creating reviews with multiple choice and matching questions
- Sharing iBooks Author projects via email and PDF