Mar 30, 2011

Articulate Quizmaker and Saba

I really like Articulate Quizmaker '09 software. I'm bummed to say I have not been using it much because the focus of the content I've been creating is more on software simulations and not a lot of traditional quiz functionality. However, I'm using it with my latest project and I am reminded again how easy it is to create slick looking quizzes using Quizmaker.

I'm working with the Saba LMS for this project. As most developers know, each LMS has a different "attitude" and behavior. Out of the box, Quizmaker was not exiting well when the user clicks the "Finish" button at the end of the quiz. Quizmaker is not alone, I've had this issue with other content I've used in Saba.

To fix this problem, I had to edit how Quizmaker closes. This was a simple edit that took about two seconds. To find out where to place my scalpel, that took a little bit longer. I'm using SCORM 1.2 as my output format. When Quizmaker creates the SCORM 1.2 package, it copies into the package the contents of the folder located at:
C:\Program Files\Articulate\Articulate Quizmaker\Content\lms
In this folder there is a javascript file that contains variable definitions called Configuration.js. Open up the file in your favorite editor and look for the following line:
var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "SCORM_RECOMMENDED";
To make the Quizmaker window close correctly and completely in Saba, I had to change it to:
var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "ALWAYS_CLOSE_TOP";
Once you make this change in the Articulate folder, the next time you publish to SCORM 1.2, the new configuration.js file will be included in the package.

3 comments:

PM said...

Hi

I am facing an issue with an Articulate quiz developed and uploaded as SCORM 1.2 on UpsideLMS. Even though learners are completing and submitting the quiz correctly the LMS is not tracking the course status as complete nor is tracking the time. The LMS guys believe this is because the Quiz is not sending the SCO data as such and that this is not an LMS problem. Will what you suggest help sort this issue? Any thoughts welcome. I can't see any issues with how the content was developed and rules set.

Jonathan Shoaf said...

Verify that the course status is being set according to the guidelines of the UpsideLMS. It could be expecting "complete", "completed", "passed", etc. If you don't give it what it's looking for, it may not report the course as completed. You may need to ask the LMS guys for this information. ;) I hope that helps!

John Donohue said...

My issue with both Storyline and Quizmaker is: you cannot import multiple choice quiz questions. Regardless of how interesting you can make you questions look, it does not help if you have a massive pool, as I do, of 1000 questions that have to go in.

There is a promise of import in STUDIO '13, but that will not touch Storyline, as there is no version update on the horizon for it. Meanwhile, Quizmaker '13 might still be nearly a year away, as they have no release date set.