Using PowerPoint, you can create interactive presentations that students can review as self-study materials in support of your instructional lectures. Include graded quizzes so that students can assess their own learning. Using Visual Basic for Applications, a PowerPoint feature, you can create multiple choice tests with some simple code.
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- PowerPoint 2007
Open a new blank presentation and enter a title and subtitle for your training. Click the "New Slide" button to insert slides and enter instructional text and graphics. Then, set up your quiz on that material.
Be sure that your security options allow you to run macros. Click the "Microsoft Office" button and click the "PowerPoint options" button. Click the "Trust Center" option then click the "Trust Center Settings" button.
Click the "Macro Settings" link and then click the "Disable all macros with notification" option. Click the "OK" button twice to close the dialogue boxes.
Press Alt+F11 key to start the VBA Editor.
From the "Insert" menu, select the "Module" option and insert code below to provide feedback for correct and wrong answers.
Sub Wrong() MsgBox ("That is wrong. Try again.") End Sub
Sub Correct() MsgBox ("That is correct.") SlideShowWindows(1).View.Next End Sub
Press Alt+F11 to return to your PowerPoint presentation.
Save the presentation, saving the macro too.
Click the "New Slide" button and choose the "Title Only" layout.
Type the text of the first question in the title placeholder text box.
From the "Insert" menu, click the "Shapes" button and then click one of the "Action Buttons" options such as an arrow. Drag and draw your shape. From the "Action Settings" dialogue box, click the "Run macro" option, select the "Correct" option. You will also see "Wrong" listed as an option. Click the "OK" button.
Right-mouse click on the button. Choose the "Edit Text" option and type the correct answer choice. Copy and paste that button as many times as you need to complete your question slide.
Right-mouse click each incorrect choice button and select the "Hyperlink" option. Next, click the "Mouse Click" tab and from the "Action on click" area, click the "Run macro" radio button and select the "Wrong" macro. Click the "OK" button. Choose the "Edit Text" option and type the incorrect answer choice.
Create additional question slides by repeating these steps.
Preview your presentation (by pressing the F5 key) to ensure it works properly and then save the file as a macro-enabled PowerPoint show that you can distribute to students by e-mail.
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- "PowerPoint for Teachers: Dynamic Presentations and Interactive Classroom Projects (Grades K-12)"; Ellen Finkelstein and Pavel Samsonov; 2007
- "Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging e-Learning with PowerPoint"; Jane Bozarth; 2008
- "Powerful PowerPoint for Educators: Using Visual Basic for Applications to Make PowerPoint Interactive"; David M. Marcovitz;2004