Feedback master view in Articulate Quizmaker lets you design the default themes, colors, fonts, text, and objects for question feedback layers. Feedback masters save you time and give you a consistent look and feel across your feedback layers. Feedback masters function much like slide masters.

Switching to Feedback Master View

To switch to feedback master view, go to the View tab on the toolbar and click Feedback Master.

Any feedback masters you've previously designed for this quiz will appear in the left column. If you haven't created any yet, you'll see the default feedback master.

Adding Feedback Masters and Layouts

A feedback master in Quizmaker is actually a collection of layouts for various types of feedback, including Correct, Incorrect, Try Again, Review, and Thank You. The feedback master thumbnail in the left navigation pane will appear slightly larger than all of the thumbnails of the layouts below it.

Layouts inherit all the properties of their parent feedback master, but you can customize each layout to display content in a specific way. For example, you might design your Correct feedback layout with affirmative text and images, while your Incorrect feedback layout might have placeholders for corrective content.

If you want, you can create additional feedback masters in the same quiz. To create a new feedback master, click the Insert Slide Master button on the toolbar, or right-click anywhere in the left navigation pane and select Insert Slide Master. A new feedback master with several default layouts will be added at the bottom of the left navigation pane.

You can also add more layouts to each feedback master. Here’s how:

  1. In the left navigation pane, select the feedback master where you want to add a new layout.
  2. Then click the Insert Layout button on the toolbar. Or, right-click the slide master thumbnail, and select Insert Layout.

A new layout will appear at the end of the list of layouts for the selected slide master. It'll inherit the properties of the feedback master, and it'll have a Title text box (which can be deleted or turned off, if you prefer—see below).

Managing Feedback Masters and Layouts

You can delete, rename, preserve, and duplicate feedback masters and layouts. Here's how:

  • Delete: To delete a feedback master and all its layouts, select the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and click the Delete button on the toolbar. If you only want to delete a layout (but not its parent feedback master), select the layout in the left navigation pane, and then click Delete on the ribbon. You can also right-click a slide master or layout in the left navigation pane, and then select either Delete Master or Delete Layout from the shortcut menu that appears. Or, simply press the Delete key on your keyboard. Note: You won't be able to delete a feedback master or layout that is currently being used by slides in your quiz.
  • Rename: It's a good idea to give your feedback masters and layouts easily recognizable names, especially if you plan to use several in the same quiz. This makes it easier to apply them to feedback layers later. To rename a feedback master or layout, select it in the left navigation pane, and click Rename on the ribbon. Type the name you want it to have, and click the Rename button to complete the process. Another way to rename is to right-click a feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane, and select either Rename Master or Rename Layout from the shortcut menu that appears.
  • Preserve: If a feedback master isn't currently being used by any questions in your quiz, but you want it to remain with the quiz for later use, you can preserve it. To do so, select the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and click Preserve on the ribbon. You can also right-click the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and select Preserve Master from the shortcut menu that appears.
  • Duplicate: If you want to create new feedback masters or layouts similar to existing ones, you can duplicate them to streamline the process. Right-click the feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane that you want to duplicate, and then select either Duplicate Slide Master or Duplicate Layout from the shortcut menu that appears. Another way to duplicate is to use the Copy and Paste buttons on the Home tab or on the right-click shortcut menu.

Designing Feedback Masters and Layouts

To design your feedback masters and layouts, use the standard development tools on the Home, Insert, and Animations tabs as well as the following features found on the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon.

  1. The Insert Placeholder drop-down gives you several optional placeholders for layouts: content, text, picture, character, movie, flash, or web object. After adding a placeholder to a layout, you can resize it and position it where you want. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  2. The Title box will display a title placeholder on a layout when it's checked. Uncheck the Title box to remove the title placeholder. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  3. The Themes drop-down lets you apply a consistent design to your slide masters and layouts. A theme consists of colors, fonts, and objects. Note: Although you can apply themes while you're in Feedback Master view, it won't appear that the theme has changed until you close the master view. This is because feedback for quiz questions isn't actually displayed on separate slides—it gets displayed on transparent layers that overlay your question slides.
    • You can apply a theme to the selected slide master by simply left-clicking the desired theme in the list. Or, you can right-click the theme and select Apply to Selected Slide Master.
    • To learn more about managing and applying themes, see this tutorial.
  4. The Colors drop-down lets you apply a consistent color scheme to your feedback masters and layouts.
    • Preview how particular theme colors will look in your quiz by hovering over them.
    • Apply a theme to the selected feedback master by simply left-clicking it, or by right-clicking it and choosing Apply to Slide Master. If you have more than one feedback master in your quiz and you want to apply the same theme to all of them at the same time, right-click it and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme, click Create New Theme Colors at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme colors, see this tutorial.
  5. The Fonts drop-down lets you apply consistent theme fonts to your feedback masters and layouts.
    • Preview how particular theme fonts will look in your quiz by hovering over them.
    • Apply a theme to your feedback master by  left-clicking it, or by right-clicking it and choosing Apply to Slide Master. If you have more than one feedback master in your quiz and you want to apply the same theme to all of them at the same time, right-click it and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme, click Create New Theme Fonts at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme fonts, see this tutorial.
  6. The Background Styles drop-down lets you apply a consistent background to feedback masters and layouts. Note: By default, the background for quiz feedback is transparent. This is so learners can still see the question behind the feedback. But if you apply a background style to your feedback masters, it'll completely hide the question—unless you make the background partially transparent.
    • Preview how one of the ready-made background styles will look in your quiz by hovering over it.
    • Apply a ready-made background style to the selected feedback master and all its layouts by left-clicking it. If you only want to apply it to the selected layout, right-click the desired background style and choose Apply Only to This Question. (If you choose Apply Only to This Question while you have a feedback master selected, it'll get applied to the feedback master and all its layouts.)
    • To customize the background style, click Format Background at the bottom of the drop-down. Or, right-click the feedback master or layout that you want to modify, and select Format Background. Then use the Fill and Picture tabs to design your background style.
    • To learn more about background styles, see this tutorial.
  7. When the Hide Background Graphics box is marked, the objects that have been inherited from the parent feedback master will be hidden. When background graphics are hidden, they won't appear in your published quiz for any feedback that's based on that layout. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)

Closing the Feedback Master

To exit Feedback Master view, click the Close Master View button on the Feedback Master tab of the ribbon. The changes you made to your feedback masters and layouts will automatically be applied to any existing feedback layers in your quiz that are based on those masters or layouts.

Changing Layouts for Existing Feedback Layers

To change the layout for an existing feedback layer in your quiz, do the following:

  1. In Slide View, select the layer you want to change in the Feedback Layers panel (lower right corner of the screen).
  2. Right-click anywhere in the slide workspace, scroll to Layout, and click the feedback layout that you want to use. Or, right-click the slide thumbnail in the left navigation pane, scroll to Layout, and click the feedback layout you want to use.

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