Using Microsoft PowerPoint to create quizzes and scenarios

The humble PowerPoint presentation has the potential to be a dynamic tool for scenario-based learning.

You might consider using PowerPoint if…

  • You would like to build on your existing knowledge of using PowerPoint.
  • You would like to create a resource that can be used in a Lecture AND as a revision material that can be shared via the VLE (e.g. studentcentral).
  • You would like to ask students to create scenarios and you would like to provide an accessible tool without a steep learning curve.
  • You would like to ask groups of students to create scenarios collaboratively; with OneDrive collaboration tools students can collaboratively edit a PowerPoint presentation.
  • You would like to start with a familiar tool and then transfer what you (or your students) create to a more sophisticated tool such as H5P (PowerPoint is a good way to create images as the background for interactivity!).

The PowerPoint template was based on a BuzzFeed Quiz on British History ( All the specific content has been removed so that you can add your own questions and answers.

Download the PowerPoint file here: BuzzfeedQuizShow 2

The template is currently set as follows:

  1. On the first slide, answer A is correct.
  2. On the second slide, answer B is correct.
  3. On the third slide, answer C is correct.
  4. On the fourth slide, answer D is correct.

Screenshot of the carousel area of the Microsoft PowerPoint softwareSo the key thing would be for students to create their questions, duplicating the slides where needed and then to shuffle the slides by dragging and dropping the order in the left-hand carousel (part of the ‘Normal’ view in PowerPoint) prior to use for quizzing.

If you would like to learn more about how the interactions work then take a look at the Animations tab and look at the Animation Pane.

Each answer has three interactions:

  1. Clicking on an answer triggers a button-like animation.
  2. Followed by the change in colour from blue to either green or red-ish based on whether the answer is correct or incorrect.
  3. Followed by the reveal or either a tick or a cross based on whether the answer is correct or incorrect. It is essential to include a visual indicator like this for accessibility reasons as we cannot rely on colour alone to indicate the status of a question in cases of colour-blindness where it may be harder to differentiate between the two colours.

A screenshot showing the animation tab in MS PowerPoint software

Have a little play and see what you think. Thanks for reading!


ThingLink Examples


Main site for thinglink:

Freemium account option available for individual educators:

Example from School of Health Sciences of a hotspot image created using Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator and ThingLink:

Example from School of Applied Social Science for Collaborative Poetics. Created using a series of images:

Example 360 image with basic annotation applied from the paramedics in School of Health Sciences: