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set assessment to end if certain % cannot be attained

May 20, 2012 10:44 PM

Greetings,

 

If I have an assessment simulation w/20 questions and a learner must attain 80%, is it possible to set up something that stops the assessment if the learner has no chance of passing?

Again there are 20 questions and say the learner misses the first 5, why continue if there's no chance of passing. Is there a way to set something up that says as much and re-directs them back to the training portion of the course?

 

Thanks!

 

k

 
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    May 20, 2012 10:59 PM   in reply to Rezu

    Yes this is certainly possible, but it's not a piece of cake to pull off.

     

    You'd need to set up user variables that track the questions the user has answered and then have Conditional Advanced Actions keep track of the user's current score so that, if at any time they crossed a threshold that eliminated the possibility of passing.  This Conditional Action would need to be triggered ON Slide Enter of each quiz slide. If the CAA detects the score cannot pass, it jumps the user directly to a feedback slide that informs them of the futility associated with their current attempt.  For simplicity sake, this slide would need to be immediately before the Quiz Results slide, because there are some other little wrinkles you'd need to allow for.

     

    For example, unless your quiz scope extended to include all content slides, jumping the user outside the quiz scope would mean they could not make another attempt at the quiz until they relaunched the entire lesson again.  Assuming you DID extend the quiz scope (by placing a scored object very early in the project), then your user would still need to click the Retake Quiz button on the Quiz Results slide in order to reattempt the quiz they just failed.  This is why I suggested that your feedback slide about their quiz failure should ideally be just before the Quiz Results slide.

     

    So the workflow would be:

    1. User enters quiz scope when they click a button or click box on one of the initial project slides to begin the content.
    2. They start answering quiz questions but fail too many in order to successfully pass on this attempt. 
    3. Your custom variables and conditional advanced actions doing the math On Slide Enter of each quiz question, detect the failed attempt and jump the user to the Failure Feedback slide you've set up.
    4. This slide tells them they can't pass the quiz on this attempt and instructs them to click Retake Quiz on the next slide (the Quiz Results slide).
    5. Clicking Retake Quiz jumps them back to the beginning of the Quiz Scope, which in your case is the button or click box at the beginning of the content.
    6. The user reviews the content again and gets another attempt when they get to the quiz slides.

     

    Does this help?  If so, you need to work out the math that your variables and CAA need to perform in order to evaluate the user's attempt status as he/she enters each question.

     
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    May 21, 2012 12:00 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Perfect workflow description, Rod!

     

    @Kave, If you want help with the actions, let me know. But please tell first which version of Captivate you are using? For this use case 5.5 will offer an easier work flow, because the quizzing system variables cpQuizInfoPointsscored/cpInfoPercentage are recalculated after each question slide. This means that you probably do not even need a user variable but could check the value of one of those in the Conditional Advanced Action.

     

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    May 21, 2012 12:46 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Kave,

    I provided the solution when I mentioned in my post about placing a scored interactive object such as a button or click box on one of the first slides in the project.  Which ever slide that interactive object is on will be counted as the beginning of the Quiz Scope. 

     

    The Retake Quiz button always takes the user back to the beginning of the Quiz Scope.  You can only control which slide that is by where you place the first scored interactive object in the movie. 

     

    I don't recommend you place interactive objects (or any object for that matter) on the very first slide of your Captivate project, because it's a good idea to make that slide load as quickly as possible. But if you want the user to start from slide 2 when clicking the Retake Quiz button , then place your first scored interactive object on slide 2.

     

    If you want them to only do part of the content and then jump to the quiz questions, you can set that up using navigation buttons or TOC as required.

     

    If you want to learn a lot about Advanced Actions and variables, Lilybiri's blog is probably the best resource on the net at the moment.

    http://lilybiri.posterous.com/

     
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    May 21, 2012 9:01 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Kave,

     

    Will try to help with the conditional action. There is not exactly the same work flow described in my blog at this moment. I posted an example this morning where I used extending the quiz scope to be able to navigate away from the question slides. It was not the goal of this blog post (about audio objects) but just wanted to mention it:

     

    Audio objects: Control them!

     

    The example file has an intro slide with a scored object (Next button), which score is not added to the Total score. After that intro slide, slides 2-7 are used to explain more about the answers on the first question slide, which is slide 8. Slide 9 is another question slide, followed by a Score slide. When using the Retake button (or Review after exhausting attempts) Captivate will return to the first intro slide because that is where the Quiz scope starts. I use an advanced action on entering that Intro slide that will jump immediately to the first question slide if this is not the first time that the slide was visited.

     

    About your issue: did you enable 'Allow Backward movement' in the Quiz Preferences, Settings?  And is the quiz scope starting on or before slide 2?

     

    For the conditional advanced action: can I suppose (as an example) that the total score of the Quiz is 100, that there are 10 Question slides each with a score of 10 points and that the minimum score for Pass is 80%? Or give me your details if you do not agree with this example.

     

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    May 21, 2012 11:03 AM   in reply to Rezu

    It is normally the Continue button on the score slide that triggers the actions specified on the Score slide. How did you check?  If it is in Preview, be sure to Preview the total project, either in Browser or with CTRL-Enter. How many attempts do you allow on Quiz Level? Because this Failure action will only be done when attempts are exhausted.

     

    I just checked and this works perfect for me.

     

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    May 21, 2012 1:16 PM   in reply to Rezu

    No, it should be possible with Allow Backward movement unchecked as well (did try it out). But if it works that way, you have to know that you do not need to have the Back button on the question slides, so the user will not even know in that case that he could go backward.

     

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    May 21, 2012 1:17 PM   in reply to Rezu

    The link is about the Quiz scope, not really about your advanced actions. I asked some questions about the settings in a previous answer, if you could answer those I will try to set up a work flow explanation tomorrow morning. Now it is getting late in the evening here in old Europe.


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    May 22, 2012 3:39 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Blogged about your usecase with an example Quiz and Frustration

     

    It is not totally what you want, but the advanced actions can be used. You want to get out of the quiz to review the course. If you want to continue with the attempts on Quiz Level, those course slides should be within the Quiz Scope to be able to branch to them.

     

    Have a look at the blog post, could create a template so that you'll be able to use the actions. And try to explain more in detail what has to happen? In my example if the user is navigated to the score slide and can Retake again, but you want something different.


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    May 22, 2012 2:05 PM   in reply to Rezu

    You have to confirm (click) the + sign in the dropdown list.


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    May 22, 2012 11:16 PM   in reply to Rezu

    That makes indeed a big difference: do you mean that you created an assessment simulation and accepted the score that is automatically attributed to interactive objects like buttons, click boxes, Text Entry Boxes? Or did you create (extra) question slides as well with standard objects. Why is it so difficult to understand a question? Mostly I ask about details but because you were speaking about 20 questions, I supposed you meant real questions. Perhaps due to me not being an English speaker.

    Would have to figure it out, but think it will be more complicated in that case. And where do you want the user to be navigated to if they are pushed out of the assessment simulation? Is it to a slide inside the same project (perhaps a demonstration or training simulation part)?

     

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    May 23, 2012 10:20 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Keith, I sent you a PM with an easy solution for your present use case. Do not turn the assessment slides into real quiz slides, because it looks very unnatural to the learner IMO. I tested it out and it works fine that way.

    The issue is indeed that one Quizzing variable is not populated for slides with scored objects, the variable cpQuizInfoPointsPerQuestionSlide. So you cannot use this one to calculate the variables v_MaxUntil and the other ones. In your case all scored objects have the same score, 1 point, so I have recommended to replace the mentioned variable by 1 and everything will work fine for your assessment. You forgot one ELSE portion (just Continue) for the decision CheckBranch as well.


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    May 25, 2012 12:27 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Sorry Keith, have been working 14hrs yesterday, but didn't find time to check your file. Will do now and be back, always try to keep my promises but sometimes I do promise too much to too many people,

     

    Just downloaded your SIM file again, but now the score for all interactive objects is set to 0 points? Why did you do that? Can I put them again to 1 point per click for buttons, click boxes and Text Entry Boxes? That would lead to the most simple solution, if you want more score for the TEB's, it will be a lot more work. Do not have time for that, will repair your file to have 1 pt per object.

     

    Editing again: the Advanced Interaction panel shows a total score of 0, but individual interactive objects have a score, will look for the reason. My bad.... was filtered only on Question slides.


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    May 25, 2012 12:49 AM   in reply to Lilybiri

    Figured it out: it is due to your Quiz Settings, the option 'User has to answer ....' is causing the condition 'CheckBranch?' not to function. I cannot explain why, only know that this is causing a lot of troubles mostly. If you change it to the default option 'Optional...' everything works fine as expected.

     

    OK, I understand that you want the user to answer everything, but then it is illogical to have him navigated to the score slide if he cannot succeed as you wanted.

     

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    May 25, 2012 11:48 AM   in reply to Rezu

    Yes, it should be. Just I do not like the user experience when you turn an assessment into a 'real ' quiz, feels not right to me.

     

    Still have to figure out how to adapt the scripts when the interactive objects have different scores.

     

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