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Classroom Performance System

Authoring and Delivering Questions

There are a number of ways in which you can author and deliver your questions.

  1. One way is to use the authoring feature inside of CPS. This is particularly applicable to instructors who don’t use PowerPoint or any other presentation software.
    1. Open up the CPS software and select the Lessons tab.
    2. In the left-hand frame, right click on your database file.
    3. Select New and then Lesson. Notice that your only option is to create a lesson at this point. Consider the lesson to be the questions that you intend to ask during one class period. I would avoid creating multiple lessons for one class period because that would involve going in and out of different lessons during the class resulting in loss of time. All you really need to do here is name it—you can offer a brief description but it is not necessary
    4. Once a lesson has been created, you can right click on the Lesson and select New and then Question.
    5. Near the upper right corner of the inner window is a template drop-down menu—this is where you can select the type of question (e.g. multiple choice with 4 answers—or 5 answers, True / False, Yes / No, etc.)
    6. Once your questions are developed, save your CPS database to a flashdrive and take it to class. To launch the questions, highlight the lesson for the day and select Engage.
  2. Another method for authoring and delivering questions is with PowerPoint. There are at least three ways of using PowerPoint.
    1. You can take an existing PowerPoint slideshow and insert new question slides into the slideshow using PowerPoint. Once your questions have been embedded save and close PowerPoint. Next, Save the powerpoint presentation to your flashdrive along you’re your CPS database. When you get to class, open CPS and go to the Lessons tab and right click on the PowerPoint folder in the left-hand frame. Then select Add File…then browse for you powperpoint file on your flashdrive and select that file. When you are ready to start class, highlight the PowerPoint presentation file and select Engage.

      Note: Always save your PowerPoint file to the flashdrive that contains your CPS database and always import it into the PowerPoint folder in CPS while you are in the classroom. If you add the PowerPoint  file in your office, the link to the PowerPoint file may not work in the classroom.
    2. A second way to use PowerPoint is to author your questions inside of PowerPoint as indicated in the previous section and save it to you flashdrive. When you get to the room, instead of importing the PowerPoint file into CPS, you can run both programs—CPS and Powerpoint simultaneously. This is particularly useful if you have a lot of multimedia (sound files, video files, or hotlinks) in your PowerPoint slideshow. When you are ready to begin, open PowerPoint and launch the slideshow. Next launch CPS and go to the Lessons tab and select Verbal Questions. The CPS toolbar will hover over your slideshow. Proceed through your slideshow until you get to a question slide. Once there, select Verbal and then identify the answer set on the question. Once the question is engaged, you should see a PPT icon on a button on the lower right of the toolbar, if you select that button, you can attach the answer grid to the right-hand side of the PowerPoint slide so that it does not overlay the question itself.
    3. A third way of using PowerPoint is to download a new version of PowerPoint from the eInstruction website called PowerPoint for CPS. This program operates just like PowerPoint but it has an additional toolbar for CPS. When you want to insert a question slide into a PowerPoint presentation, plase your cursor where you want to insert the question and select Insert Question form the CPS toolbar inside the program. Type you question and answers over the existing text. You can identify the correct answer if you want, or youy can wait and identify the correct answer immediately after you ask the question or later when you get back to your office. When you are finished authoring your questions, save the file to your flashdrive and take it to the classroom. Open up the program PowerPoint for CPS on the classroom computer and launch the slideshow as you would with any other PowerPoint presentation. The CPS toolbar will be located at the bottom of the slide. When you come to a question slide, an Engage button will appear—select it to launch the answer grid. You can use the ppt. button to attach the answer grid to the right of the slide as you did in B above.
  3. The third way to author and deliver questions is similar to B above. By launching CPS and selecting Verbal Questions from the Lessons tab, you can overlay the CPS toolbar over any application—PowerPoint, a word or PDF document, an excel spreadsheet, a website, etc. The questions can be embedded in the application itself, or they can be a true verbal question. The main caveat here is that you will need to be able to associate the student response data with the appropriate questions.



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