A Freeform Pick One question behaves a lot like a multiple-choice question, only instead of using just text as your answer choices, you can use just about any kind of object—such as a picture, character, shape, caption, button, or screenshot. In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a Freeform Pick One question.

Step 1: Create the Question Slide

There are a few ways you can create a Freeform Pick One question slide. If you already have some objects on your slide that you want to use as a Pick One question, you can convert it by using the steps in this tutorial.

Or, you can create the slide from scratch by following these steps:

  1. Do any of the following:
    • Click the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon and select New Slide.
    • Or, in Story View, right-click anywhere in the workspace and choose New Slide.
    • Or, in Normal View, right-click the workspace in the slide thumbnails area and choose New Slide.
  2. The Insert Slides window appears. Select the Quizzing tab from the left edge.
  3. At the top of the window, select Freeform, and click the Pick One thumbnail.
  4. Click Insert.
  5. Next, you'll need to add objects to your slides so that you can use them as your answer choices. Storyline will let you know this by displaying a message in the Question panel that says "To edit the question, this slide needs at least two compatible shapes." You can use the Insert tab on the Storyline menu to add objects to your slide. Check out the tutorials here if you need help inserting content.
  6. Once you've added some objects to your slide, click Edit Pick One in the question panel. This opens the question editor, where you can customize your question.

Step 2: Identify the Answer Choices

When the Pick One question editor appears, identify the objects you want to use as answer choices, like this:

  1. Put your cursor in the Choice column and use the selector to identify the objects on your slide that you want to turn into answer choices. As you scroll over the items in the list, Storyline marks them with an outline on the slide, so that you can easily see what you're selecting.On any object that you designate as an answer choice, Storyline automatically creates a Selected state. This adds a slight colored glow to the object when learners click on it, so your learners can easily distinguish between selected and unselected items. You can customize the Selected state to look however you like. Find out more about editing states in this tutorial.
  2. In the Correct column, mark the item that represents the correct answer.
    • Note: If there isn't really a correct or incorrect answer, and you want this to be an unscored activity, don't worry about marking a correct answer for now. We'll see how to remove the Correct column and turn off scoring in a minute.
  3. Use the Shuffle selector on the toolbar to turn answer-shuffling on or off. Shuffling causes the answer choices to appear in a random order.

Step 3: Enter the Score

  1. Choose one of the following from the Score selector on the toolbar:
    • By Question: This is the default, and it allows you to assign points to the correct and incorrect answer.
    • By Choice: This allows you to set up a different score for each answer choice.
    • None: This omits any scoring info from the question. It also removes the need for correct/incorrect answer choices and correct/incorrect feedback.
  2. If you chose By Question or By Choice for the Scoring option, now enter values in the Points area of the question editor.

Step 4: Make the Question Required or Optional (Unscored Questions Only)

If you’re building an unscored question, use the Require selector on the toolbar to choose User may skip or User must answer. (For graded questions, the Require selector isn’t available, since graded questions require an answer.)

Step 5: Choose Your Options for Feedback and Branching

In Storyline, you can show your learners feedback after they answer a question—and you can also branch learners to different parts of your course, based on their answers. Here's how:

  1. Choose one of the following from the Feedback selector on the toolbar:
    • By Question: This allows you to set up question-based feedback and branching. For a graded question, you can show different feedback for a correct vs. incorrect answer. For an unscored question, there’s just one feedback message for the question overall.
    • By Choice: This allows you to set up different feedback for each individual answer choice.
    • None: Choose this if you don't want any feedback to display, and you don't need to branch the learner to a different place in the course based on how they answer.
  2. If you display feedback, you can edit the feedback text in the Feedback area of the question editor, which appears at the bottom of the question editor (if you chose Feedback By Question), or next to each answer choice (if you chose Feedback By Choice). Or, when you return to the Normal View of your slide, you can make the changes to the feedback layers that Storyline creates for you. To learn more about Layers, see this tutorial. To change the visual design of your feedback layers, check out the tutorial on Using Feedback Masters.
  3. For graded questions, you can also include Post-Quiz Review feedback. This feedback appears during the quiz review, if you provide your learners with a Result Slide that includes a "Review Quiz" option. In the Post-Quiz Review field at the bottom of the question editor, enter the review feedback you want learners to see.
  4. Now let's talk about branching. By default, Storyline will take the learner to the next slide in your course once they answer your question. But if you want to take them somewhere else in the course, you can do that. Click any More button that appears to the right of the Feedback field, and then use the Branch to the following selector to choose the destination.

Step 6: Choose the Number of Attempts (Graded Questions Only)

By default, Storyline gives learners one attempt at your question. But if they answer incorrectly, you can give them the opportunity to retry. Use the Attempts selector to choose the number of attempts, or set it to Unlimited if you want learners to keep trying the question till they get it right. (The Attempts selector doesn’t appear on unscored questions, since those don’t have a right or wrong answer.)

Some things to keep in mind:

    • If you allow multiple tries, Storyline adds a "Try Again" section to the Feedback area on the question editor. This is the feedback that’ll appear if a learner answers incorrectly. You can make changes to the feedback here on the question editor. Or, when you return to the Normal View of your slide, you can make the changes to the to the “Try Again” slide layer that Storyline creates for you. (Learn more about slide layers.)
  • If you want the "Try Again" messages throughout your course to look a certain way, you can make changes to the Try Again Feedback layout. For more details, check out this tutorial

Returning to the Normal View of Your Slide

When you're done setting your options on the question editor, click Save & Close. This closes the question editor and returns you to the Normal View of the slide.

If you chose to provide feedback on this question, or if you chose to include a post-quiz review message, you'll see separate layers for each of these in the Slide Layers panel, and you can edit those layers now if you like.

This is also where you can customize the default Selected state that Storyline has applied to your answer choices. More about editing States here.

What About a Quiz Result Slide?

You can display quiz results at any point in your course by using a results slide. When you create a results slide, you can tell Storyline which questions in your course you want it to use for calculating the results. Find out more about how to create a result slide in the Adding Result Slides tutorial.

If you've already added a result slide in your course, you can assign the current question to it like this:  in the Question panel at the upper-right of the slide workspace, use the Result slide selector to choose the result slide to which you want to connect this question.

How Do I Edit My Question Later?

If you need to make changes to your question later, you can go to your question slide and edit the content directly on the slide. If you need to change other things about the question that aren't visible on the slide (such as the scoring, number of attempts, or how feedback is handled), just click the Edit Pick One button in the Question panel that appears to the right of the slide workspace. This opens the question editor, where you can make whatever changes you need. Click Save & Close when you're done.

You Might Also Want to Explore:

Adding Result Slides
Adding Graded Questions and Survey Questions
Using Question Banks
Using Feedback Masters
Adding and Editing States