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Getting started with QuizSlides
Creating an online QuizSlides multiple-choice quiz or exam is easy...
- Create your slides in PowerPoint or equivalent. Here is a PowerPoint (.ppt) example - editable in PowerPoint, LibreOffice and Keynote - to get you started:
- Upload your slides by going to your 'New Slides' page (you must be logged in to your Slides Creator account for this).
- Identify the correct answers by taking the test yourself.
- Configure your test using the available options - see the What to do after you have uploaded your slides section on this page for further details - or you can just leave it with the default settings.
- Tell your intended users where your test is; you will know what the access code and the web address for your test is after you have identified the answers to the questions (step 3).
Relax, and leave it to QuizSlides to do the rest. View the test results and the analysis of responses at your leisure.
How to create a multiple-choice test slideshow
The way to create a multiple-choice test slideshow is simply by preparing a set of questions in the form of a PowerPoint or similar presentation. That doesn't mean you need to use Microsoft Office to create the slideshow; you can use any software that can export in either PowerPoint or PDF format, such as Keynote on an Apple Mac or iPad, or OpenOffice, or Google docs.
The first slide must be a title slide containing your opening message, then each subsequent slide must contain a single question, and finally the last slide must contain your closing message (it could just say "End of Test").
Once you have prepared your slideshow you will need to upload it to our platform. Assuming you have already signed up for a Slides Creator account and that you are logged in, click on 'New Slides' in the side panel. Alternatively, you can email your slideshow to us via one of the email addresses shown on the 'New Slides' page, and entering the name of the test in the "subject" field of the email.
You will subsequently receive an email containing a "Your test is now ready" hyperlink, inviting you to complete the slideshow creation process by identifying the answers and (for ExamSlides) setting a time limit and/or other options as appropriate. That's all there is to it!
We aim to give Slides Creators the freedom to create their slides using any application on any platform, so long as the document produced is in .pdf or .ppt format. However, we are aware of several issues that may arise when using certain application/platform combinations - for details see Known Issues...
What to do after you have uploaded your slides
A control panel will appear within your 'My Slides' page for each slideshow you create, as shown in this image:
Within this control panel you will see the slideshow URL (web address) which contains its unique 6-character access code. You should distribute either the access code or the complete URL to your intended users when you are ready for them to take your test. If you email the URL to your users they should be able simply to click on the link in order to access the slideshow. Alternatively, they can enter the slideshow access code on the home page of our website.
Note that your slideshow will remain live from the point of creation until you delete it (see 'Deleting a slideshow and its associated test results' below).
Viewing the test results and analysis
The 'View scores' link within the control panel (see image above) allows you to see who has taken the test and when, and what their scores were, as shown in this image:
You can also see the response to each question for individual users, as shown in this image:
The 'Get analysis of all responses to date' link within the control panel allows you to see an overview of how many users there were each day, how many questions were answered correctly or incorrectly, and also the relative difficulty of each question in terms of the number of users who passed it and the number who answered it incorrectly, as shown in this image:
Deleting a slideshow and its associated test results
Each slideshow remains live from the point of creation until you delete it via the 'Delete slideshow and associated data' link within the control panel (see above). Before deleting a slideshow you may want to download the test results if you think you may need them subsequently. Note that deleting a slideshow and its associated data is an irrevocable action; it can't be undone!
Editing your slideshow
To make changes within the slides, go back to your original PowerPoint file on your computer and edit it as you wish. Then go to QuizSlides.com, navigate to the control panel of the test you want to edit, click on 'Replace' link and follow the instructions.
Exams ("summative assessment")
The aim of summative assessment is to assess the knowledge and/or understanding and/or aptitude of a group of examinees. To do this properly it is usually necessary to invigilate the examinees to make sure that they are not doing anything which they are not supposed to be doing!
One thing that the invigilator(s) should check is that the examinees have entered their true names (or student numbers etc.) correctly; this is easy to do, since the name (or student number etc.) of each examinee is displayed at the top of the screen for the duration of the exam.
Only the intended examinees should know the slides access code, and since the submission time is recorded for each examinee this provides an easy way to identify any late submissions. You should change the access code (via the control panel) whenever there is a possibility of one examinee revealing it to other future examinees. Don't worry about changing the access code while someone is in the process of taking the test; their answers will still be recorded correctly.
You can choose whether or not your users get to see their scores immediately after submission.
Quizzes ("formative assessment", "self-tests")
The aim of formative assessment is primarily to enable users to assess their own level of knowledge/understanding/aptitude, and also perhaps to give the Slides Creator an indication of this as well. The more feedback the users receive the better from the point of view of the multiple-choice test acting as an aid to learning. We recommend the "answer until correct" test format for this because it provides immediate feedback.
If you are happy for your users to remain anonymous then we recommend that you use QuizSlides (rather than ExamSlides) for formative assessment. Alternatively, if you want to be able to monitor the performance of each user then you should use ExamSlides so that your users will need to identify themselves at the start.
ExamSlides also gives you the option of using the traditional test format - with or without negative marking - and enabling your users to see what the right answers are after submission (this is optional). If your aim is to prepare your users for a multiple-choice exam then it is a good idea to use the same test format for the practice test as you will use for the exam.
General guidelines about multiple-choice testing
If you want to read up about multiple-choice testing in general, this might be a good place to start: Assessing by multiple choice question (MCQ) tests. Or try a Google search (google.com/search?q=multiple-choice+testing+guidelines).
You must take care not to use any copyright protected material within your slideshows. You might find this useful when searching for copyright-free images etc:
You should also consider letting others know what copyright restrictions, if any, you want to impose in relation to any original material that is contained within your slideshows. You can do that simply by including the appropriate copyright license symbol on your slides: