Quizmaker ‘09 makes it easy to add audio to your quiz slides. The sound you add to your quiz can really enhance your learner’s experience—you can use it to help boost your audience’s understanding of your quiz questions, increase learners’ focus and engagement, or provide tailored feedback on their responses.
Here’s how easy it is to add audio to your quiz or survey:
First: Decide Where You'll Add Audio
Determine which parts of your quiz or survey need audio. All questions? Just some? Could users benefit from audio on your results slides too? How about the feedback pop-ups that users see when they submit an answer? To add audio to these places, here’s how to get there:
- If you want to add audio to a question slide, blank slide, or results slide, go to the slide where you'd like to add audio. Click the Sound icon and choose Record Mic or Import Audio.
- If you want to add audio to a feedback pop-up, open a question and click one of the More buttons in the feedback area of the question editor.
If You're Recording Your Own Narration
If you're recording your own narration, here’s what do do:
- A little prep goes a long way—and can save you a ton of re-takes! Invest some time to write out a script. You can type, paste, or edit your script right in Quizmaker. Just click the script icon to pop up the script window. You can read from it while you record. If you click Close on the script window, Quizmaker automatically saves any text you've put there.
- Get a good microphone and connect it to your PC.
- Choose a quiet, enclosed environment where background noise won't botch your audio quality. Though you might not have the luxury of using a sound studio, know that a carpeted conference room with a door that closes beats the pants off a noisy cubicle.
- When you're ready, just click the red button and start talking. Click the stop button when you're finished.
That's it! Your recording is now part of your quiz question! From here, you can do any of the following:
- Re-record: You can do a re-take if you like. Anything you record will replace whatever you recorded previously.
- Play: Click the play button to hear what you've recorded. If you like it, great! Save your changes and you're done. To do a re-take, click the red button again.
- Delete: Click the red X if you've changed your mind and want to delete the audio from your quiz question.
- Edit: Click the editor icon to open Quizmaker's sound editor, where you can edit the audio waveform.
- Import: If you've decided you'd rather import audio than record it here, click the Import icon and see "If you're importing audio," below.
If You’re Importing Audio
Importing an existing audio file is just as easy as recording:
- Choose Import or click the import icon (the little yellow speaker).
- A window opens where you can choose the file you want. Some important things to know:
- You'll get best results with WAV files. Specifically, Articulate recommends 16-bit 44Khz PCM WAV files.
- Although many MP3s will work, they can result in less-than-stellar audio quality because of the way they're compressed during publishing. You should also be aware that some MP3s aren't Flash-supported and won't work properly when Presenter converts your presentation to Flash. If all you have are MP3s, consider converting them to WAVs for best results. You can do that with sound-editing software, like this free tool.
- Keep your audio files in a local folder on your PC (not on a network, since working from a network drive can sometimes be problematic). Also, avoid using folder names or paths with spaces or non-Western characters. These can bungle the import process.
- Find your file and click Open.
That's all there is to it! Your audio file is now part of your quiz. If you like, you can use the sound tools to play the audio, open the audio editor, or remove the audio:
- If your audio is part of a feedback pop-up, you can get to these tools by clicking any of the options on the Record Microphone window, shown above.
- If your audio’s part of a question slide, blank slide, or result slide, you can alternatively get to the audio tools via the Sound button on the question editor’s toolbar: