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 (https://www.buzzfeed.com/sophiegadd/can-you-get-an-a-in-this-british-history-quiz). 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!

 

Google Cardboard – Create your own 360 simulations

What is Google Cardboard?

Google Cardboard is both an app and a flatpack cardboard viewfinder. The cardboard viewfinders, which range in price from about £1 upwards, are assembled into units which hold a smartphone in the front and simulate a 360-degree environment for the user. The free app (for iOS and Android) turns your mobile device into a 360 image recorder, so you can create your own immersive environments.

Constructing a Google Cardboard viewfinder

The following video demonstrates how to construct a standard flatpack viewfinder:

360 Video

Google Cardboard also supports video content and the University of Brighton’s eLearning team have a few Ricoh Theta cameras which can record environments in 360. This can be captured using the Ricoh Theta app on a smartphone.

Potential uses for Google Cardboard

  • Provide a virtual tour of a space.
  • Training simulation video.
  • Capturing an event or session in 360 for formative learning.
  • Make a learning object more immersive – requires more attention; less distraction etc.
  • There are many free apps for learning. One of these is ‘A Walk Through Dementia‘.

 

Microsoft Forms

What is Microsoft Forms?

Microsoft Forms is an online tool included as part of staff and students Office 365 offering. Microsoft Forms allows you to build simple online forms, surveys and quizzes. The quizzes/forms are mobile friendly, you can add images and youtube videos, and any results are stored online in a spreadsheet.

Why use this for simulations?

Unlike our other quiz offerings (e.g. studentcentral quizzes) Microsoft Forms has a key feature – branching. This allows you to create a quiz where questions will be different based your answers. For example, when creating a quiz about first aid, you may create a question that asks ‘is the patient breathing’. Your answers might include; Yes, No or Unsure. With branching you can direct users to a different question based on their answer, for example:

Yes —–> Go to Q2

No ——> Go to Q3

Unsure ——-> Go to Q4.

You can add multiple branches to make the simulation a rich experience, and this may encourage learners to repeat the simulation giving different answers, and measuring their outcomes. It has limitations of course, ultimately this is a really simple tool for creating basic online simulations. The ability to add images and youtube videos (either your own or pre-existing’ could be useful in enhancing the simulation experience.

 

How do I get started?

  • Go to https://forms.office.com/
  • Click Sign in (top right)
  • Sign in with your unversity email address (e.g. a.user@brighton.ac.uk) and your university password.

If you need any help whilst using Forms, try the online help (click the three dots in the top right corner of the screen) or talk to your LTA.

This article also discusses using branching in Microsoft Forms

 

Heres an example from the School of Health Sciences (beware – the topic is veruccas, and contains images!)