Question Banks (Quiz Randomization)

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CREATING A QUESTION BANK

ToolBook has built in support for utilizing a bank of questions. In ToolBook this feature is called a Randomized Quiz.


PROPERLY CONFIGURING YOUR BOOK

For the Randomized Quiz feature to function properly, several basic rules must be followed.

Question Pages must be Contiguous

Ensure that your bank of questions are in one contiguous block of pages. For example if your book is 45 pages long, you might have your bank of 30 questions located on pages 11-40.

One Question Per Page

Ensure you only have 1 question object per page.

Same Score Value

Ensure that your questions have the same maximum score value.


TELLING TOOLBOOK WHERE THE BANK IS LOCATED

There is no need to tell ToolBook where the bank is located. ToolBook will find the bank all by itself.


It does so by:


ENABLING THE RANDOMIZED QUIZ FEATURE

To enable the Randomized Quiz feature within a particular book, use the Behavior tab of the Properties for Lesson dialog, which is found in the Object menu. You will be able to specify how many question pages to randomly show to the user.


TESTING THE RESULTS

In order to test the randomization functionality, note the following.

DHTML

After exporting the book to DHTML format, the randomization will occur as expected.

Reader Level

If you simply toggle to Reader level, you'll find that the randomization process will not function. This is intentional because as a designer you really don't want your pages randomly moving around in your book (which is exactly how the randomization process is accomplished). If you would like to test the randomization without having to export the book to DHTML, you can open the book in the Runtime engine of ToolBook.


To do this:

  1. Close your book
  2. Locate your file using Windows Explorer (or any folder view)
  3. Right-Click on the .TBK file
  4. Choose Open In ToolBook 11.5 Runtime
  5. While in the runtime engine your file will function (and randomize as needed) but you will be unable to edit the book


COMMON QUESTIONS

Various questions are commonly asked about this feature.

Multiple Banks

ToolBook permits the use of a single question bank. It is not possible at this time to have multiple question banks within a single quiz.

Mandatory Pages

ToolBook does not currently support the ability to specify that certain question pages within the bank always be shown. Instead it always pulls randomly from your bank.

Location of Bank

The bank must be contained within the ToolBook file. It cannot be contained in a separate book or in a raw form like XML.



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