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Break the Form in Articulate Quizmaker

In my last post, I talked about how to ‘think outside the box’ when creating Articulate Engage interactions. Although you can be creative in Articulate Engage, ultimately there are limits to what you can do. This is because Articulate Engage is a form based tool.

In this post, I’d like to look at Articulate Quizmaker — where you can either follow the form, or break the form. Articulate Quizmaker provides a Form View for those in a hurry, but also a Slide View where the design possibilities are endless. Artiulate Quizmaker is where the real action is for creative eLearning instructional design!

Imagine this scenario: Your client wants a 10-question quiz at the end of the course you have designed. And they want the Quiz yesterday. The fastest way to

create a 10-question quiz in Articulate Quizmaker is using the Form View. But did you know that it hardly takes much more time to create a well-designed quiz using Slide View?

Let’s look at how easy it is to break the form and take your Quizzes to the next level.

Compare these two ways of presenting the same question.

Screen A

quiz

Screen B

quiz

While it only took 2 minutes to create A, you may be surprised to know that it only took an extra minute or two to create B.

I built A in Form View. It was simply a matter of typing text into the Form.

For B, I decided to ‘break the form’ by going into Slide View (on the toolbar next to Form View). This gave me all the design features of a Powerpoint slide. In other words I had the freedom to change the font, the background, insert a shape and so on.

Note: What I usually do is quickly add my content in form view and then do my edits in slide view. You can easily switch between the two views as many times as you like.

Here’s how I created B:

  1. I selected a background for the slide in Slide View. Then I applied this to all 10 Quiz Questions by simply clicking on ‘Apply to All’. This was a design decision because I wanted to create a consistent look throughout the Quiz.
  2. I inserted a grey shape with a border, and sent the shape to the back. This allowed me to bring the quiz questions to the front of the box (you can easily resize the question text boxes).
  3. Under ‘View’, I clicked on ‘Gridlines’ to ensure good alignment on the screen.

Some other ways you can enhance the design of a Quiz in Slide View are:

  • Add animation to objects
  • Set the timing of objects appearing by using the timeline
  • Add multimedia including images, Flash, audio
  • Add a slide transition between questions
  • Move the answer options to different parts of the screen
  • Create picture effects
  • Use slide master to make design changes that instantly appear on all slides

Here’s another way to present the same question, this time using the character from my course.

Screen C

quiz

Here’s how I created C:

  1. I opened Slide View.
  2. I downloaded an image of a laptop from Articulate’s E-Learning Heroes website. There are plenty of images under the Downloads>Graphics part of the website.
  3. I moved the quiz question and answers to fit inside the screen (sending the laptop image to the Back).
  4. I inserted the image of the main character and cropped it to fit the other elements on the screen.

This process took around 5 minutes.

Some other ways you can enhance the design of a Quiz in Slide View are:

  • Add animation to objects
  • Set the timing of objects appearing by using the timeline
  • Add multimedia including images, Flash, audio
  • Add a slide transition between questions
  • Move the answer options to different parts of the screen
  • Create picture effects
  • Use slide master to make design changes that instantly appear on all slides

Here are two more tips for enhancing the look of your Quizzes:

Tip 1: Add an introductory screen at the start of the Quiz

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Tip 2: Redesign the Feedback screens in Slide View

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Learn more about these techniques and take your quizzes to the next level, join us at the Exclusive Certified Articulate Training Provider in Australia, B Online Learning offer private classes at your site, open-enrolment classes at many Australian capital cities, or custom live webinars.

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