How many quizzes are too many quizzes?

My subject matter expert wants me to insert a bunch of single question quizzes through-out an hour long Articulate module. Do you think this is OK from a learning/usability standpoint? More to the point, is it OK from a technical standpoint? Is there a tipping point in terms of how many quizzes, learning games or Enage interactions I insert into a single module? (In other words, where the source or published files become too large or buggy as a result.)

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Jeanette Brooks

There's really no known limit on the number of Engage interactions or Quizmaker quizzes in a file. How many are you talking about? I've seen projects that have literally 2 dozen or more, and all works fine. As far as usability, I personally think one-question quizzes or brief interactions can be really helpful as sort of a check-in point for the learner. For example, this Guru-Award-winning course has a couple 1-question quizzes that work really well (see the section called "Deciding What to Cut" and "Can You Help Jane?"). Part of what makes them fit nicely is that the designers used a transparent player on the quizzes to make things look more seamless with the rest of the course.

However... I could certainly see instances when too many quizzes or interactions could get kind of annoying to the learner, especially if the learner is expected to navigate through the course in a linear way and doesn't have much freedom to jump around (or past) stuff they don't need. Maybe you could post a sample outline or flowchart of the content you have in mind, so that folks here could give their opinion on how many quizzes/interactions are too many?

Gerry Wasiluk

Sometimes like to end sections in a course with a checking quiz with question or three--then use the results slide as a recap of the section:  the important things the learner needs to remember going on.  Like to keep each section to 10 minutes or less, ideally five minutes or less.

Also, with this, we like to show the learner how long each section is so they can check out if need to and then come back.

We are trying this widget from James in a course due out next week:

That way, even though the learner has to visit each page before taking the final quiz, they can view the content in any order they'd like, checking questions included.  They just can't try the final quiz until they do view everything. 

Guess that makes us only "half annoying."