Using Question Banks in Storyline: activity to identify palm trees

This time, I learned how to use Question Banks in Storyline. Question banks are really useful to randomize and organize related questions within a course.

The idea

Since my visit to a Botanic Garden last month, I became more interested in the different types of palm trees, as I learned there are so many species in the world, that identification is sometimes difficult. I created an activity to learn how to easily classify a palm tree based on its key characteristics: leaves, trunk, and height.

The design

The Question Bank of this demo contains 9 questions, grouped in two quizzes of 5 questions each. Each question is formed by 4 slides, so I had to link them in the Draw.

The question layout is based on the example shared by Montse Anderson, where you get instant feedback from the correct answer. I must admit there are a few points to improve, the navigation, for example, I didn’t use the default player, so buttons might be sometimes confusing. The objective is to encourage the learner to practice, showing their progress in the Results slide.


What I learned

Quizzes are really easy to manage with Question Banks. You can even randomize question draws to keep quizzes from being predictable. Or you can group related slides to be presented together. Question banks can be reused or imported from another project.

Click on the image to view the demo.


Next time you see a palm tree, I’m sure you’ll identify some features you didn’t recognize before;)



Most common test questions used in eLearning

Test-questionsI wish to begin this section of the blog by making a presentation of the most common assessments used to measure learner’s progress in eLearning.

This summary is based on Chapter 5 “Tests” from the book “E-Learning by Design” by William Horton. This book gives a detailed description of every type of assessments, and also provides examples and tips to write effective tests and provide meaningful feedback.

Click on the image to view the presentation

If you haven’t read this excellent book, you can take a look at the recorded presentations available on Horton’s website.


Dynamic quizzes with Kubbu

Kubbu is an e-learning tool to create online activities and track student’s progress. Similar to Educaplay, this platform offers creating and sharing exercises like: Crosswords, Quizzes, and Matching elements. Every type of activity has it owns print-out module for offline homework.

An useful feature is the option of adding feedback to the quizzes answers, so if students choose the wrong choice, a prompt box reveals the correct answer and explanation (image below).


Quizzes (Slider and Composer) are the only activities where  pictures and sound files can be embedded.

In the shared activities section, you can find samples built by teachers and grouped in categories. Check them by clicking on the image.