October 12, 2005

Seduce them with style

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/elearning/aboutus/steve/flash/questionwriter/

Have a look at this elegant example of an "interactive self-assessment quiz" written in the Flash-based software QWriter (click the URL above). I'd take this test again and again just for the pleasure of experiencing its cool and stylish interface. It offers a wide range of question types, presents mathematics well and shows its scientific paces from GCSE to University level in this Chemistry test.

What is not clear is how much effort went into authoring this example; I suspect you need to be an academic chemist and a graphics wiz who can write Actionscipt to produce something like this. I want to find out more. Watch this blog.

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  1. John Dale

    You might also be interested to take a look at this quiz which I can confidently assert as its author, took absolutely no technical or graphical expertise to write, and indeed was a positive pleasure to put together. The state of the art in easy CAA authoring is definitely moving on.

    12 Oct 2005, 11:26

  2. John Dale

    As an aside, can I suggest that you tag your entries with "CAA", to make them easier to view in aggregate with other entries on the same subject?

    12 Oct 2005, 11:26

  3. John Dale's example is pretty good if a non-techy could do it mind you, it all depends what you mean by "non-techy". I have a colleague who still cannot handle a drop-down menu!

    A couple of small observations:

    *I initially had trouble working out how to match the actors with their roles (my first reaction was to drag the dotted containers to slot them into the unbroken ones; also it was impossible to get exactly four out of five right!).

    *I preferred the instant feedback (not provided in the QPlayer example mentioned in myblog) but would have welcomed more info on the ones I got wrong (I can never remember the order of Star Wars films).

    12 Oct 2005, 12:26

  4. Alex McCabe

    I'll pass your enthusiatic comments onto the author!

    There's certainly a trade-off between how easy a tool is to pick up and use and the flexibility of what that tool can produce. Question Writer(Publisher Edition) is in the middle of that range, with a full development environment (Flash studio) on one end, and Quiz Maker on the other.

    For the example you see, yes, you would need to be an academic chemist (to come up with the questions), and a graphics wiz (apart from the themes provided, the images will equal your ability in that field) – but you won't need to be a programmer or know actionscript.

    23 Nov 2005, 14:15

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