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Did you know that you can easily create self-grading, D2L quizzes using MS Word, Apple Pages, or any text editor, without the need to create them using the question form in D2L (which can be cumbersome and time-consuming if you are adding many questions and quizzes).
If you have a substantial quiz-creation project, please contact SoN academic technology – we will work with your TA or SoN faculty support staff to assist with the import of questions, and creation of quizzes for your course.
If you prefer to give it a try on your own, here are the basic steps you can use to create D2L quizzes using the Importer Tool (you can also follow instructions on the DoIT knowledge Base page):
- Watch this this 4.5 minute step-by-step overview video from UW-Oshkosh.
- To follow the instructions in the video, you will need to download and install Adobe Air (download and install at: http://get.adobe.com/air/), and then the Quiz Importer Tool from DoIT website.
- To create your quiz in MS Word for Windows you will need to format the questions appropriately (otherwise the import will not work) – see D2L question tool documentation v1-3.
- Once you have Adobe Air and the Quiz Importer Tool installed, and a completed, correctly formatted quiz in MS Word file, follow the instructions in the video in #1, above, to create your quiz.
- NOTE for Mac users: MS Word for Mac does not work correctly with Quiz Importer Tool, but there is a simple work-around: first, create your quiz in MS Word for Mac; then, save the file as a text file using the settings in the Save As dialog box shown in the image below [Mac OS default + LF only]; next, open the saved text file in TextEdit, select all (Cmd+A), copy (Cmd+C), and paste into the Quiz import Tool.
Image credit (top of page): shutterstock.com / Willyam Bradberry
This page last updated on April 15, 2016 (GJ).
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Although there are many tools that let you create narrated presentations, such as Camtasia or Screenflow, we decided on Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) as our tool of choice in the SoN. There are several reasons that motivated this choice: first, SOM is very easy to download, install, and use; second, it works well on both Windows and OS X computers, and can record anything that is visible on the computer screen, so regardless of whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote, or just want to show students an interesting website, recording is easy; third, it offers simple but effective editing tools that let you trim and cut sections of the recording (for example, a mistake), without having to start over every time; and fourth, while it offers the features we need, it is quite affordable – we have sufficient SOM licenses to make it available to all SoN instructors.
If you are interested in using SOM, please schedule an appointment with Tim Piatt for a brief demo session, and to get access information. We also have brand new microphone headsets available to SoN faculty and instructional staff, that make recording presentations on your computer easier, and offer good sound quality – if you plan or recording your course materials, please stop by to pick your headset from Tim Piatt or George Jura.
Please note that the access information for the Pro version SOM (which we will email to SoN faculty by request) is intended only for instructors’ use (it is not available to students – please do not share username/password information with students).
If you’d like to make recording a screencast an assignment for your students, they can use a free-access version of SOM, which has slightly limited editing features, and produces watermarked (but fully functional) videos. Please schedule a brief meeting with us, and we can help you plan a multimedia assignment for students in your class, including a list of resources (equipment, software, and how-to training) available to students on campus.
While we hope that SOM will offer more flexibility and convenience to SoN instructors, if you prefer to record narrated presentations at the media lab using Camtasia, this option is also available at Cooper Hall, and you can schedule an appointment with Tim Piatt or George Jura to do so.
Coming soon: In mid-April 2016 we plan to open a new mini-recording-studio that will let faculty go beyond narrated PowerPoints, and will offer an easy way to quickly create videos that combine live, professionally-lit video of the instructor, and a presentation of on-screen materials.
Image credit: Microphone by Marko Poplasen / Shutterstock. This page was last updated on February 11. 2016.