PowerPoint

interactive components - the quiz and survey feature

Interactive Components – The Quiz and Survey Feature

Breeze Presentation includes the ability to add quizzes and surveys to a PowerPoint presentations. Presentations can be uploaded to Adobe Breeze for conversion into a complete online presentation and quiz. Quiz results can be tracked using Adobe Breeze or an AICC-compliant learning management system.

The key features of this component are:

  • Add quizzes and surveys directly to a PowerPoint presentation. Add multiple quizzes and/or surveys to a single presentation.
  • Include scored test questions and unscored survey questions.
  • Create three types of questions: multiple choice, true/false, and multiple answer.
  • Customize the look of a quiz using standard PowerPoint features. After you quiz questions are created, use PowerPoint to change fonts, add graphics, and change the look of buttons.
  • Add animations and audio as one would with any other presentation.

The quiz feature allows different options to be set for a quiz, from navigation through results handling. It is a flexible and easy-to-use solution for most assessment needs.

quiz question

If there is interest in the Quiz or Survey feature, contact an LTDE consultant at ltde@doit.wisc.edu.

Demonstration of Articulate Presenter 5

Articulate Presenter is another PowerPoint to Flash conversion utility that allows instructors to integrate narration, animations and interactivity into any PowerPoint presentation for on-demand delivery via the Web. Articulate's menu options enable instructors to add narration to individual slides by importing sound files or recording live narration with a microphone.

powerpoint menu

Other features include:

  • simple quizzing & gaming activities
  • customizable user interface students
  • add attachments
  • presenter information/biography
  • presenter photo
  • ability to add hyperlinks

Users find Articulate Presenter an intuitive application. It installs into PowerPoint's pull-down menu structure allowing you to create a presentation using the built-in tools by opening only one application - PowerPoint.

You can create highly interactive and media rich online lectures by combining PowerPoint animation effects, Flash objects and movies, audio narration and links to external web resources. No streaming server is needed to examples of different articulate customizable interfacesdeliver your presentations. Since the Flash plug-in (Macromedia Flash Player) required to view the presentation is usually installed on PCs, there is no need to download and install bulky media players such as QuickTime or RealMedia.

On high-speed connections, Articulate presentations start fast and seem to perform better than presentations that use true streaming. Publishing a presentation to the Web is largely a matter of copying your Articulate presentation folder to a web server and linking to the index file in the root directory of that folder.  The same can be done in Learn@UW by zipping the files up, uploading to your Learn@UW course, and using the content tool to point to the index file.

The user interface has customizable color schemes and navigational controls. Instructors can set up presentations that automatically advance from slide-to-slide or allows users to click a forward button to move on. Such navigational control is especially desirable when Flash animations, quiz questions and web objects are embedded into specific slides. There is little noticeable quality loss in PowerPoint slides following conversion to the Flash format. The use of progressive download (pre-loading of subsequent slides) minimizes long delays between slides with low-bandwidth connections.

Each slide of your PowerPoint presentation is converted into a separate Flash movie or .swf file. These files can not be edited. Correcting or updating a single slide requires republishing the entire presentation – not just one slide.  Publishing can be a time consuming task if your presentation contains a lot of slides.

Articulate Presenter 5 does have multi-lingual support. Articulate can output content as SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 or AICC compliant. To meet Section 508 compliance one can add a text transcript and a map of keyboard shortcuts.  By placing the narration script into the PowerPoint speaker notes, the text gets converted and displayed within a notes tab of the user interface.  This provides an easily accessible transcript of each slide's commentary.

Examples of Articulate Presentations

Example with audio
Example with video
Example of 508 compliance

accessible presentations

Accessible Online Presentations with Adobe Breeze Presentation

Adobe Breeze Training and Adobe Breeze Presentation include a powerful set of tools for authoring accessible online presentations to help instructors communicate content to students, regardless of disability. To build an accessible Adobe Breeze presentation, follow these easy steps.

  1. Set up the Breeze account to be accessible  - See note below.
  2. Build an accessible PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Add an audio transcript to the presentation.
  4. Publish the presentation with pauses between slides.
  5. View the Breeze presentation.

Note: When an account is set up by the Breeze administrator, make sure the account is configured to be accessible. Breeze solutions enable a user choose between publishing content for either Macromedia Flash Player 4 or Macromedia Flash Player 7. While Macromedia Flash Player 4 ensures greater backward compatibility, Macromedia Flash Player 7 provides support for accessibility. Each account must use the same player. A user cannot publish some presentations to be backward compatible and others to be accessible.

Building an Accessible Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

Since Adobe Breeze presentations are authored in Microsoft PowerPoint, it is important that the PowerPoint presentation itself be accessible. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations often make use of graphics and animation. These elements must be described using text in order for their contents to be accessible to people who are blind using software called a screen reader to read the contents of the presentation to them.

Creating presentations that are accessible to everyone is an important consideration for content developers. PowerPoint presentations that are delivered to an end-users computer can reach a wider audience if accessibility is considered at the development stage. Here are a few steps to consider when creating a PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Add text equivalents to the images used in the presentation.
  2. Limit use of animations and transitions in the PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Ensure the accessibility of animations used.

Adding alt Text to Images in Microsoft PowerPoint

For images or objects (e.g., charts) used in the presentation, add text equivalents (alt text) using the steps below.

  1. Right-click on an image or object, or select an image or object and press Shift+F10.


  2. Select Format Picture or Format Object.
  3. Select the Web tab in the dialog box.

    format object menu
  4. Enter the alt text in the text area box provided. Be sure this text adequately represents the purpose of the image it describes. This text need not be a detailed description of the image but should convey the image’s function on the page.

Limiting Transitions

Accessible presentations should limit transitions to one per slide whenever possible. When a PowerPoint presentation is converted into a Adobe Breeze presentation, overuse of transitions can present difficulties for screen readers. Consider the example of a slide containing bullet points which fly in from the right: as each bullet transitions onto the screen, a screen reader will return to the top of the page and recommence reading the page’s contents from the beginning. This can create a very tedious experience for the screen reader user. While it is acceptable to use such transitions once in a while, it should not be done on every slide. Limiting the use of transitions and animation to one per slide will help to improve the readability of a presentation for screen reader users.

Ensuring the Accessibility of Animations

Animations used in a PowerPoint presentations should be accessible. Ensure that Macromedia Flash animations used in a presentations are accessible by following the recommendations for Macromedia Flash authoring at the Macromedia Accessibility Resource Center.

Carefully consider the use of decorative animations. Constant motion on the screen may cause a screen reader to refresh frequently, making the presentation more difficult to use. Keeping animations to a minimum or eliminating them altogether will increase the accessibility of the content.

Publishing Presentation with Pauses between Slides

When publishing a slide, the second screen of the presentation wizard will ask to select the presentation features. Be sure the option ‘Wait after each slide’ is selected. This will allow screen reader users to listen to the audio presentation and then go back and read through the contents of each slide using a screen reader.

Viewing a Breeze Presentation

Once a PowerPoint presentation has been published to the Adobe Breeze solutions server, a number of keystrokes can be used to help navigate the presentation. These keys allow all users the ability to control the presentation without relying on the use of the mouse.

  • Shift + Page Up – Next Slide
  • Shift + Page Down – Previous Slide
  • Play/Pause
  • Stop
  • Mute
  • Change View

If JAWS 4.5 is being used, turn off the Quick Keys mode by pressing Ins + N in order to use the Breeze solutions keyboard shortcuts.

Resources

Study of various tools used to convert PowerPoint to the Web

Adding Video

Video clips come in a variety of formats. The standard Windows format is the .AVI format. With the appropriate players, QuickTime (.MOV) and other video formats can also be played. Video files can be used in the following two ways.

Controlling Your Presentation

This session will provide an introduction to the basic tools used to format and manage PowerPoint presentations. Upon completion of this section, a designer would be able to create and manage a presentation of multiple slides using a pre-built design template or a self-created design template.
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