Giving Learners a Way to Write & Print Their Key Takeaways from Your E-Learning Course Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 at 7:24 AM

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One of the things I love about the Articulate tools is that they’re flexible enough to do some out-of-the-box things. For example, most people think of Quizmaker '09 as just a quizzing & assessment tool. But in a recent forum discussion, Quizmaker popped up as a solution for giving learners a chance to reflect on & print their key takeaways from an e-learning course.

 

If you’re looking for a way to do this, check out the following quick example of an end-of-course reflection question:

View demo of an end-of course reflection question

 

Basically, the Quizmaker portion of the sample is just a simple one-slide “quiz” that contains an Essay question. The result slide at the end of the quiz is used as a thank-you message and as a place to provide a Print button, so learners can print out what they wrote.

 

 

How to build it

It’s pretty easy to build something like this. If you’d like to use the sample above as a starting point, you can download the Articulate package right here. Or, if you’d like to build something similar from scratch, here’s how you can do it:

 

  1. Launch Quizmaker, click Create a new quiz, and choose Survey. This creates a new file that contains just one result slide (rather than a separate result slide for passing and failing) and no scoring info on the result slide or the quiz player.
  2. Add a Survey Question and choose the Essay question type.
  3. For the Survey Result, make sure to mark Allow user to review quiz and Allow user to print results.
  4. Now customize the question and the result slide to look however you want. It’s a great idea to switch to Slide View for this step, because that gives you a lot of control over the visual design of your slide.
  5. You can also customize your quiz player to suit your fancy. In the published sample I posted above, I changed some of the text labels because I wanted the Submit button to say “Save my answer” instead. I also changed the text of the Review, Print, and Finish button, and I removed the question navigation panel because it really wasn’t necessary. As a final step, I made my quiz player transparent because I wanted my PowerPoint slide master to show through behind it when I added it to my course. 
  6. Now add your quiz to your course, and you’re all set!

When learners get to the quiz you designed, they'll be able to type their reflections in the Essay question. On the result slide, they can click the Print button to open an HTML page containing the text they wrote. From there, they can use their browser's Print option to print the output.

 

Modifying the look of the report

An optional step is to customize the way the printable report looks. By default, Quizmaker's Print Results feature (which relies on a file in your published output called report.html) includes a lot of details, some of them related to scoring and whether the learner's answers are “correct” or “incorrect.” In my demo above, though, I didn’t need or want all that — I really only wanted to show the text of the question and the answer that the learner entered. So, I followed Dave Moxon’s instructions for modifying the report.html file. I only made a few simple modifications, and you can download my customized report.html here if you'd like to use it. If you know some HTML, you could certainly customize the look of the file even further.

 

Note:  If you modify your report.html, keep in mind that you’ll need to copy it into your published output each time you publish, since previous files get overwritten whenever you republish your course. You’ll want to save a copy of your modified report.html somewhere along with your other source files, so that you can easily copy it over to your published output if you publish your course again.

 

 

51 comments so far

Heidi Payne

80 posts

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Yay, Jeanette (and Shweta)! Thanks for adding this as a blog post. Shweta had a great idea and the community was such a big help. I'm definitely doing this!

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 at 1:46 PM

This is a great idea!  I love to close an instructor led class this way, and now I can do it electronically too!

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I was just wondering how I could use "Exit slips" with our courses.  Thanks for solving that problem!!!  This will work perfectly!  

Laura Hodgson

17 posts

Posted Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 1:35 PM

This is great - I like to wrap a course up this way on face to face training - and it's a great way to incorporate it into our e-learning product! Thanks so much for sharing the file.

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 7:01 AM

I have run into a problem.  I followed all of your directions and it won't print!  I published it in QuizMaker and added it to a course, but it won't print!    Any help would be appreciated!

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 7:22 AM

Hey Lynda - when you say it won't print, what's happening? The report should open in a new tab or window on your browser, and then you should be able to print from the browser's File menu. Are you testing the output in the location for which it was published (i.e., if you published for web, are you testing it from a web location?)

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Yes, I'm testing from a web location.  I published it and added it to a course.  I'm not getting a report to open. When I click  It goes to the page (display results page) where the print button shows, but then when clicked nothing happens.  

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 8:01 AM

It's possible that a pop-up blocker on your browser is preventing the new window from opening. Can you disable pop-up blockers and see if that helps?

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I've tried that!  I just tried the demo (above) and it worked beautifully.  Reports page came up and printed.   So, it is something in my quuiz.  I've gone back through it and everything is checked, etc. as the directions showed.   I appreciate your help with this.  It is just what I need, so I really want to get it to work!

Wendy G

19 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Thank you so much for sharing, Jeanette!  Another way to get the learner to actively engage and think about what they learned!  :)  

Suzann Look

5 posts

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Great way to put the "cherry on top" of a course. It is a step that gets overlooked in many elearning courses. Thanks!

Miriam Happe

12 posts

Posted Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM

This is very cool. I'd like to be able to "feed" the questions into Quizmaker from an external XML file. Any way to do that?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Hey Miriam! Currently, there isn't a way to bring questions into Quizmaker from other sources, except importing from another Quizmaker file. Feature requests are welcome though! You can add your voice here: www.articulate.com/.../feature

Laura Hodgson

17 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Hi Jeanette, I've created one of these, using your powerpoint file download (thanks so much for posting it!) and I do want to edit the printed report.html - to just show the question, and the answers the user has submitted.  

So what I did was after I published in presenter I copied over your report.html file to replace the one that had automatically be produced on publishing but all I get is the header bar saying 'date/time'.  What have I done wrong?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Hey Laura! On your result slide options, make sure you mark "Allow user to review quiz." This enables Quizmaker to show them all the details from the stuff they entered for their answers.

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:19 AM

I'm having the same problem!  No report to print.

Laura Hodgson

17 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Hiya - yes I've checked and I've done that I've ticked both the same options that you had on your results slide screen shot.  And I have a button on the results slide that allows them to review their results.

Is there anything else I could have done wrong?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:33 AM

@Laura - Can you try publishing to a new location on your hard drive? You might be seeing a cached version. Also, unmark "prompt the user for their name" to see if that helps. You might also test your output with  the automatically generated report.html (rather than the edited one) and see if that makes a difference.

@Lynda - Sorry you're still not able to view the report - I've been following your discussion thread w/Peter and it sounds like you might want to submit a support case so we can take a closer look at why the new window isn't appearing with your report: www.articulate.com/.../method.php

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Thank you!  I just submitted my Quizmaker file.  Hopefully they can help!

I appreciate your help!

Laura Hodgson

17 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Would it be making any difference that I have been publishing for CD??

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:46 AM

It shouldn't, no. In fact that's the ideal approach if you're testing the content locally, because that prevents security issues from hampering your browser from opening stuff.

Laura Hodgson

17 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Hi Jeanette, I have just tried what you suggested - I republished to a different folder name and tried to print the default report and sure enough there was more of a report there, but then I pasted over the report.html with the one from this blog and again just get 'date/time' on the report?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Laura, so sorry to hear that - not sure what is going on there, as I just retested with the modified file, and its behavior was as expected. Let me PM you and we'll see if we can figure out what's going on.

Kate Hoelscher

155 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I'm working through the same issue as Laura with it showing only date/time on the top.  I'm going to keep working on this, but if you come up with an answer can you post it?  Thanks!

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 10:59 AM

The problem may be that I use the published .swf file instead of the html file.  We embed Articulate into our LMS and upload the entire published folder, but link to the swf file.    Articulate help loaded my file on their server and it worked...as an html.  We do the .swf files so they aren't popup files, but are embed in our course.  Everything else works great with doing it that way.

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Sorry...I misspelled embedded in the last message!

Kate Hoelscher

155 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Mine just worked!  I ran it through our LMS rather than publishing and viewing locally and it works great!  Thanks again!

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 11:28 AM

That's great!  I'm glad it worked for you.  I'm not giving up!!

Lynda Claspy

73 posts

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I got it to work!  I iused the html and linked to it.  I would prefer to embed it and avoid popups, but this will work for now.  I would still like to get the swf to work if possible.  Thanks for all of your help!

Jim Lombardo

8 posts

Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I'm importing a flash movie from Captivate with an embedded file that the user has to click to view the fWhen I publish the course the click boxes don't work.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much.

Jim

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Hey Jim it sounds like maybe your swf was created with Captivate 5, which unfortunately no longer supports ActionScript 2. But if you insert your swf as a web object instead, that should work. Here's more about that: www.articulate.com/.../kb

Jim Lombardo

8 posts

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Jeanette

Thanks much for pointing me in the right direction.

Jim

Steven Cruiser

7 posts

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:44 AM

Nice Way to teach the lesson.It would encourage students to learn.

Maire Smith

2 posts

Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

This is excellent, thanks. I've found it frustrating that I didn't have a way to do this in Articulate, and now I do. (It seems so obvious, too, now it's been pointed out.)

It's really important, though, to make sure the user realises that their writing may not be permanently stored.

ricky hassey

1,756 posts

Posted Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 3:54 AM

I was dealing with the same problem some time back but now I have solved it..

Roger Corpas

21 posts

Posted Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Hello,

I think this is a great idea. However, I cannot get it to work. Would someone please explain in simple terms what to do to make it work?

I get an empty sheet when I try to print. This is viewing the course locally using Internet Explorer 8.

When I upload Jeanette's package into the LMS, I get a launch button in the middle of the player and a window pops up even before I click on the button. This window is empty.

Thank you for helping.

Roger

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hey Roger, it sounds like the first issue to clear up would be the problem with the blank window appearing where your course should play. With the sample course I provided above, the player template is set up to launch in a new window (which is why you're seeing the orange launch button and then a new window where the course should appear). And yeah, the window shouldn't be empty :)  if you've published for LMS and then uploaded to a SCORM- or AICC compliant learning management system. You might try changing the player template, so that the course does *not* launch in a new window, and see if that helps; you can do this via Player Templates > Other and unmark "Launch presentation in new window."

Roger Corpas

21 posts

Posted Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Thank you for your help Jeanette. I still have not had the time to look into it but wanted to acknowledge your reply...:-D

Mary Landrum

1 posts

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Is there a way to do this in Storyline? I have multiple sections where the learner journals. We'd love for them to be able to submit or print their journals.

Thanks!

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Hey Mary! Yes, you could do something similar in Storyline. If you just wanted them tol be able to view & print their reflections (but not submit for tracking), it would probably be easier to do that with a simple text variable, like David describes here: community.articulate.com/.../adding-text-variables.aspx

If you decide that you DO need tracking, you would need to set that up as a regular question slide and modify the report.html (just like you would in Quizmaker). The only thing with that is, if you had multiple result slides in your course (which Storyline does allow) and you needed learners to be able to print results from each of them, that would get sticky because I believe they all draw from the same report.html... so in that case you probably wouldn't want to modify it in any way, else the modifications would affect all printed results in your course.

Mark Bonkoski

6 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hi,

Hey, I am trying this in Storyline and I am getting hung up at the Survey Results section.  Any advice?

Thanks,

Mark

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Hi Mark! Want to post a little more detail in the Storyline forum about what you're wanting to accomplish? community.articulate.com/.../65.aspx

Beth Worthy

70 posts

Posted Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Its a great idea to work on. I really appreciate the way the idea has been presented over here in this post to us. This can  really be helpful for the readers group of this post.

Keep up the posting!!!!

Vijay Singh

10 posts

Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM

I was wondering if you can help me get rid of this problem. Whenever I hide a slide in the slide properties and set the consecutive slide to level 2, the consecutive slide automatically gets hidden. When I checked the code in presentation.xml I saw that the level of the consecutive slide is 2 but in the published course its hidden. This means that the code is correct as per the given settings.

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hi Vijay - by design, when you hide a slide in slide properties, if there's a slide immediately after it which is set at a deeper level, it will also be hidden in your published output. If I understand your situation correctly, though, you could do this: unhide the slide that is currently hidden. Set it to Level 2. Then hide it again. This way, the Level 2 slide below it will no longer be hidden. Here's an example: cl.ly/.../0F312d2q2E3E

Dianne Gibson

36 posts

Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Storyline - made quiz with survey and print option)

I was able to get this to work on a computer. However, when I tested it on the ipad the html page showing the results wouldn't show. Any thoughts?

Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Hello Dianne, I'm sorry, but currently the Print Results feature in Storyline is only supported in the Flash output (it's not supported in HTML5 content or on an iPad with the Articulate Mobile Player). You can see a full list of all the Storyline features and find out what is and isn't supported in each output type on this page: www.articulate.com/.../kb_article.php

Kristin Augusta

23 posts

Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

This is great.  We were just talking about doing something similar for our VILT classes.  This is a perfect way to accomplish the same thing whether VILT or eLearning.  Thank you!!

Una McGarvie

8 posts

Posted Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

You just answered my burning question for my current project. Awesome thank you!