Question banks are one of the really useful, but seldom utilized, quizzing features in Articulate Storyline. The main reason to use a question bank is to randomize the order of questions in a quiz. Instructional designers do this so learners are less likely to encounter the same quiz twice, which can help avoid cheating. However, another reason to use question banks is so you can manage and organize related questions in one easy place.

With that in mind, here are five things you should know about working with Storyline’s question bank feature.

Question Banks Are Created in Story View

To create and manage existing question banks, you need to be in Story View. To get there, click the Story View tab, below the ribbon in the top left side of the application. Once in Story View, find the Questions Banks button on the ribbon. This dropdown lists all the question banks that exist in your project, in the order created. From here, you can create a new question bank or make changes to an existing question bank.

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Question Slides Can Be Created from Inside a Question Bank

When you create a new question bank, Storyline opens a new tab for that group. Then, you have the option to create new question slides from within the bank, or import existing question slides from somewhere else.

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Be aware that if you create a new question slide from inside the question bank, the question slide won’t exist as an individual slide in your .STORY file. The question slide will only exist within the question bank. So, if you want to make edits to the slide, you’ll first need to navigate to the question bank and open it in order to access the question slide you want to edit.

Copying vs. Moving Questions into a Bank

If you created your question slides outside of the bank, use the Import feature to bring existing slides into the question bank. When the Import Questions window opens, a drop-down menu at the top provides the option to either copy or move selected slides into the bank.

If you choose to copy, the slides will remain in their original location in the .STORY file, and Storyline will add a duplicate copy to the question bank. This means you have two copies of the same slide. If you need to update your slide, you’ll need to do so in both places. If you don’t want duplicate slides, use the Move option to move the slide from its original location into the question bank.

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Slide Draws Are Used to Display the Bank Questions

Once you’ve got a great question bank, the next step is to give learners access. This is done using a slide draw to extract question slides from a bank. To create a slide draw, simply click New Slide, and under Quizzing choose the Draw From Bank tab (pictured below). This is where you select your question bank, as well as the specific number of questions you want in this quiz, and the order in which you want them displayed.

Slide Draws Can Be Fixed or Random

Question banks make it really easy to randomize questions. Simply select the Draw questions randomly option in the slide draw window. You can even choose whether each individual question is “Always,” “Never,” or “Randomly” included in your slide draw.

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If you want the questions to appear in a fixed order, rather than randomly, simply deselect the Draw questions randomly option. Questions will appear in the order they are listed in the bank if this option is unchecked—even if “Randomly” is listed in the “Include in Shuffle” column.

These five important points will help you set up and manage your next randomized quiz in a jiffy. Do you have any experience using banks of questions in your own projects? If you do, we’d love to hear your experiences, so please leave a comment.

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