This guest blog entry was written by Articulate VP of Community Tom Kuhlmann.
In an earlier post, I discussed the difference between form and freeform authoring. I showed how Quizmaker ’09 gives you the best of both worlds by letting you quickly switch between form view and slide view.
In a similar sense, Quizmaker ’09 gives you the option of form or freeform question feedback. Following is a quick demo where I show you the two options in action. One question in the demo presents the default feedback box and the other uses a freeform approach.
You can download the .quiz file (10 MB) to see how I built the demo.
When creating a quiz question, by default you get a feedback box. In the default mode, you can add audio narration, modify your text, and choose where you want your learner to go by using the branching feature.
As you can see below, the output is professional and looks great. With the audio narration and branching features, you get a really solid default feedback option.
However, sometimes there’s a need for more flexibility, especially if you want your feedback to include video, Flash, or animation. This is also true if you want control over how your screen looks. That’s where the freeform option comes in.
The way you get freeform feedback in Quizmaker ’09 is by using the blank slide and branching features. There are three things you need to do:
- Create a blank slide for your feedback and add your question content.
- Set your question answer choice to branch to the blank slide.
- Delete the text in the feedback box. If you leave the feedback box blank, then you will get no prompt (the default feedback box) and the quiz will advance to the appropriate blank slide.
As you can see, Quizmaker ’09 is a very powerful tool. Its flexibility empowers you to make the courses you want to make. With just a few mouse clicks you can quickly choose between standard feedback (form) or branch to a blank slide (freeform) for more customizable feedback.
This gives you the best of both worlds.