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Make Quizmaker slides Automatically Advance

With the power of branching inside of Articulate Quizmaker ’09 you can develop media-rich, interactions that guide users to specific outcomes based on their responses. In Tom Kuhlmann’s Tutorial he demonstrates how this can be done.

Although Tom’s method is great when branching to static or specific slides, this isn’t ideal when attempting to branch to a Group of Randomized questions. Because Quizmaker’s branching feature requires the author to select a specific destination slide, branching to a slide that is part of a randomized group may not work as expected. In fact, if the chosen destination slide is not included in the randomly drawn slides, the branching will fail and the quiz will not advance. The workaround to this dilemma is to branch to a Blank slide just before the Randomized Group of Questions, maybe asking the student to “Please select the Next button to Advance”. This method is fine, but does take away from content flow, by forcing students to select the Feedback window and then the next button just to move on.

What can we do to streamline the branching flow?

The QM-AutoAdvance_v1.0 script outlined in this Tip was developed to workaround the above noted issue or to allow slides within Quizmaker to automatically advance when a particular slide is reached. Please watch the Screenr below to implement this workaround. The patch or file used in the Screenr can be downloaded below.

Usage:

1. Download the QM-AutoAdvance_v1.0.zip file.
2. Extract the QM-AutoAdvance_v1.0.swf file.
3. For the QM slide you wish to have automatically advance, insert the QM-AutoAdvance_v1.0.swf file as a Flash Movie using the following Flash Movie Properties:

- Display in slide
- Movie starts playing automatically

Please note: Although this has been fully tested, this method is not supported by Articulate.

Download: QM-AutoAdvance_v1.0.zip

Articulate Help Document: Quizmaker ’09 Branching Video Tutorial
Tom Kuhlmanns Related Blog: Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps

8 comments for “Make Quizmaker slides Automatically Advance

  1. Li
    July 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

    This is really useful – thanks for sharing :-)

    • David
      July 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you for commenting!

  2. A@Work
    March 26, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Awesome site! Is there a similar trick that can be done in the regular slides in Presenter? For example, I use a slide to create a heading in my Outline, but I’d rather if they clicked on it, if it just advanced them to the first slide in that section.

    Thanks,
    ~A

    • David
      March 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

      A,

      I did develop an Auto Advance option for Articulate Presenter but haven’t documented this on my blog. There are so many options built into Presenter that would achieve the same thing.

      1. With Branching, you can create links, that would forward users to a slide you specify. More on branching is outlined in the following link.
      http://screenr.com/pMh

      2. With the Slide Properties, you can delegate where the next and previous button will navigate to and choose if a slide advances by a user or automatically. More on this setting is outlined in the following link.
      http://www.articulate.com/support/presenter09/?p=27

      3. You can create regular hyperlink buttons inside of PowerPoint set to link to a slide you specify. More on this is outlined in the following link.
      http://www.articulate.com/support/presenter09/kb/?p=907

      If the above options are not in line with what you are attempting, please elaborate a bit more and maybe I can help.

  3. Lorie
    December 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Hello, great site! I would love to be able to do this in Quizmaker ’13. I tried it and it didn’t seem to work. Does it work for ’13 or will you maybe be creating one that does… :) ? Thanks!

    • David
      December 9, 2014 at 3:47 am

      Lorie,

      Thank you for the kind words. I haven’t tested this inside of Quizmaker ’13 but would agree this might not work. If I can find some free time and there’s enough demand, I can certainly look into a QM13 solution. Thank you.

  4. Marta
    September 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hi David,
    I would like sometihing like this for quiz13 too. Can you get around to do it? ;)
    Thnaks

    • David
      September 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Marta,

      As noted in my comment to Lorie, if I can find some free time and there’s enough demand, I can certainly look into a QM13 solution. Thank you.

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