August 20, 2010

Adobe Captivate Quiz Result Analyzer

My last post mentioned the way to set up an owned server, for getting the Captivate quiz results. This blog highlights the new Results analysis tool, which can be used to view the results stored on your servers.

Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer is a results analyzer tool which comes with Adobe Captivate 5. This tool enables CP users to analyze the CP course results in a better and an organized manner.

Earlier, in the days of CP4, there were very few options available for storing and analyzing the quiz results from CP courses. The authors had to use some LMS (SumTotal, NetDimensions, Moodle, etc) OR the Email reporting feature of Adobe Captivate.

LMS is though, always a better option, but along with its so many advantages, it comes with a heavy cost also. Some LMS are difficult to setup and require a lot of training.

Email Reporting feature is used by most of the authors, who want the results to be stored and readily available with them anywhere, anytime. This feature allows the authors to get the results of every student in a well-formatted email. But it proved to be very clumsy, when the no. of students went higher. Few disadvantages of Email reporting are as follows:

  • Results are stored in a poorly formatted way.
  • Fills the author’s mailbox by lot of emails (= no. of students taking the course).
  • Extraction and storing of results from so many emails, is a very tedious task.
  • Author has to store these results from emails to some other data-store to further analyze the data, which again is a difficult and time-consuming job.

Adobe Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer is a free tool, which provides a solution to the difficulties which authors faced in using LMS or Email reporting. Listed below are the top features of this tool. I’ll take you through these features, in detail, in my further blog posts.

Features :

  • Integration with Acrobat.com account :
    • View the results even when the course is live.
    • View and analyze the results without downloading them.
    • Download the results from Acrobat.com to local drives.
    • Delete the unused course results from Acrobat.com account.
  • Integration with any server location, to directly view and analyze the results.
    • View the results even when the course is live.
    • View and analyze the results without downloading them.
    • View and analyze the results.
    • Add any no. of server locations to view the results.
  • Viewing the results in the form of tables and charts both.
  • Exporting the results to commonly used CSV format.
  • Printing reports directly while analyzing the results.

Note: This tool is just a results analyzer tool and does not provide any reporting (storing the results when student takes a course) functionality. For getting the results stored, Adobe Captivate 5 comes with a new feature – Alternate Reporting, which allows authors to get the course results directly stored on their Acrobat.com accounts or their own server locations. To learn more about reporting, check this link – Reporting the Quiz Results to a Local Server.

Snapshots:

Posted by Chinmay Baid5:39 PM
  • http://oregonstate.edu Mark

    Hello Chinmay,
    I like the way this analyzer works. Is it’s source available, or perhaps I should ask, is it available ain a web-deploy able format?
    Mark

    • stephen

      Good question, I too would like to tknow if there is a way to have the AIR application servable as a SWF file or something rather than a Desktop application?

  • Melissa

    What happened to the screenshots here? I see the graphic banner at the top and the share buttons. But just [ ? ] and a box for each screen shot. I’m using Mac with both Safari and Firefox. Same issue with http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2010/08/reporting-the-quiz-results-to-a-local-server.html Any clues? Must be my computer. I got here from a Google Search “publish ftp site:http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/” with a link to this page.

  • Rspoiala

    Do my users have to have Adobe.com accounts in order to send the results to Adobe.com and in order for me to analyze them in Quiz Results Analyzer?

    Thank you,
    Rodica

    • http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate Shameer Ayyappan

      If you are using Acrobat.com for alternate reporting, then your users will need to have acrobat.com accounts (free) in order to submit results. Alternately, you can replace acrobat.com with your own internal web-server. In this scenario, your students do not need any acrobat.com accounts. Instruction for this are available here: http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2010/08/reporting-the-quiz-results-to-a-local-server.html

      • Rspoiala

        Thank you for your answer Shameer. Connected question: what are the requirements for the internal server? in other words, if I have an internal server should it have any particular applications installed (php, I don’t know what else)? Thank you,

        P.S. When I generate the reports in Analyzer, I don’t get any data in the filds as in the scrennshot #2. Any thoughts? Should I configure the quiz in a special way?

        • Jim

          And be careful if your web server is load balanced… my IT department said it would create havoc because multiple servers would be writing to the same PHP file… thus, ending in corruption.

  • kselement

    Im looking for a reporting program that will let us see exactly which questions students are getting wrong, and not just the total number of correct/incorrect. Does this analyzer have that ability?

    Thanks

    • http://www.adobe.com Chinmay Baid

      Yes, the Quiz Results Analyzer has the capability of displaying the report at question level. But currently you have to view this data separately for each student.

  • Cynthiac

    I want to make 2 different quizzes with 2 different results slides in the same presentation. Is this possible?

  • Brian S

    How do I display a report showing one student and all of the quizes that one student took?

  • Rav

    If storing results from adobe quiz analyzer on local server what size of storage space required for local server to keep the results?

  • Anne Clark

    When configuring a quiz in captivate I have
    Company
    Department
    Course
    — but I do not have an option for lesson. How do I add this category to my quizzes?

  • Sunil

    How to store a quiz results in a local database pls help me, step by step.

  • Sunil

    I am Using Adobe Captivate 5.5, how to report the quiz results to a local server pls give me a step by step procedure.

  • Ed M

    How do I get the analyzer to show the individual learner names. I’ve tried setting up an account for one of our employees and submitting the quiz on her behalf. The learner is still saying my name. Please advise.

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