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Creating Quizzes using Flash
DIY or buy a ready made solution?
TimmyMagic




msg:3726706
 12:21 am on Aug 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I'm developing a new site and on this site I want to have lots of quizzes embedded within the content. I've looked at several 3rd party flash based programs and downloaded trial versions only to be very dissapointed. So this got me thinking, maybe it's best to do it using flash rather than 3rd party programs which export to flash format.

The only problem is, I last used flash years ago when I had a copy of 'mastering flash 4' (not sure which version is the latest in 2008). I didn't finish the book so my flash skills are non existent. I have a fairly recent copy of flash on my PC, but I don't have the time to learn it again, so obviously I'd need to outsource this.

I'd like to know how difficult it would be for someone to produce a customized quiz, and how easy it would be to ammend for new questions and so forth. Is this a very big job or quite simple for an expert? If a basic template is designed would it be easy for me to create new quizzes?

I guess I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth going down this route or whether to find a suitable ready made program, which I haven't been able to find so far.

Tim

 

rocknbil




msg:3727364
 4:54 pm on Aug 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'd like to know how difficult it would be for someone to produce a customized quiz, and how easy it would be to ammend for new questions and so forth.

It really kind of depends on the interface (complexity of graphics, buttons, how you'd like the navigation to function, etc.) The way I'd approach this is to use the quiz the same way you use a video player or slide show. Import an XML file that contains the questions and responses. You'd then only have to edit the plain text XML file to modify the quiz.

Another thing that might complicate it is the format of appropriate answers: all yes or no? Textual responses? Select lists? Possibly all of the above?

Not *extremely* difficult, but could still take a bit of work, sorry to be vague but there's a lot to consider.

TimmyMagic




msg:3727481
 6:55 pm on Aug 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your reply and I get what you're saying. I have to work out exactly what type of questions and formatting I require. It'll mostly be multiple choice answers, but it would be nice to have some other types too.

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