Quizmaker ‘09 enables you to easily publish a quiz or survey as web-ready Flash content. In this tutorial we’ll walk through how to do it. Publishing for the web is a good option for you if all of the following are true:
- You want users to be able to access your quiz or survey via the Internet or an intranet.
- Your quiz or survey is going to be used standalone — meaning it won't be baked into an e-learning course you've created in Presenter. (If you are incorporating your quiz into Presenter, find out how to do that here.
- You don't need to track users' completion or progress. (If you do need tracking capability, you should instead publish to Articulate Online or publish to an LMS.)
It only takes a few clicks to publish a quiz for the web:
- From the Quizmaker menu, select Publish.
- Select Web from the publish options on the left edge of the window.
- Under Publish Location, use the Folder field to indicate the place on your computer where you want Quizmaker to generate your published output. You can click the ellipsis button (...) to browse to a specific location. Quizmaker will create a new folder in that spot, with all the files you need to play your quiz.
- Important! Always publish to a local drive on your computer. Publishing to a network can cause problems with your published output. After you publish your quiz or survey on your computer, you can move it to a web server and test it.
- Check the publishing Properties and adjust anything that needs changing:
- Quiz Title: You can change the quiz title, if you like, by clicking on it. Quizmaker uses this text for the title bar of your player and the title bar of the browser window that users see when they launch your published quiz or survey. The text here also becomes part of the folder name where Quizmaker generates your published output — the folder will be named Your Quiz Title - Quizmaker Output.
- Questions: This just indicates how many questions are in the quiz, and any randomizing or pooling you've enabled. You can't change the info here; to do that you'd need to click Cancel and modify your quiz.
- Passing Score: Click this value to change it if you want. If you're working with a survey, you won't be able to enter a passing score, since surveys aren't graded.
- Player Template: This indicates the player template used for your quiz or survey. The template determines the look and functionality of the player that users see when they launch your quiz. Click the link if you want to make any last-minute adjustments to the template, or if you want to switch to a different template.
- Quality: Since you're publishing for the web, you can leave this as Optimize for Web delivery.
- Click Publish.
That's all there is to it! Quizmaker creates your published output in the folder you specified. When publishing is complete, you'll see this pop-up, and you can choose whichever option suits you:
- View Quiz: This launches your quiz in your web browser so you can take a look at your output.
- Email: This opens up a new email message with a zipped file of your published output attached. This might be helpful if you need to share your interaction with an SME or other reviewer. If your audience is larger than just a few, though, it's usually better to move your files to a server instead, and send your audience the link. This way, you're less likely to logjam your email system with attachments, your recipients won't need to fuss with saving and unzipping your file, and you won't have to resend if you update.
- FTP: This pops up a window where you can enter your FTP credentials and transfer your output to your website.
- ZIP: This creates a zipped file of your output in the folder you specified on the Publish window.
- Open Folder: This opens a file viewer where you can see the files Quizmaker just created. The file called quiz.html is the one that launches your quiz or survey. When you move your files to a web server, you'll need to send your users a link to quiz.html so they can access your quiz.
One note about viewing your published content: Since your files have been prepared for deployment over the web, in some situations you might encounter funny behavior if you try to view the quiz from a local drive (such as your computer's hard drive or a local network drive). Be sure to upload your published output to its final destination and test it there.
What Do I Do with My Published Files?
Now that you've published, it's time to move your web-ready quiz to your website or server, give it a test run, and then send your users a link so they can access it.