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iSpring is a PowerPoint add-on that makes it easy to enhance your presentations with high quality audio narration and even built-in quizzes. The best part about iSpring is that you can publish your presentations as streaming HTML5 files that can be opened and played on any mobile connected device.

Creating Your Presentation

iSpring is a PowerPoint add-on which means that all design work of the presentation should be completed in PowerPoint prior to working on the iSpring components. When ready, you can use iSpring to record or import an audio narration.

iSpring 9 Now Available

iSpring 9 has been released, and faculty are being migrated to this new version by request through Information Services.  While the majority of functionalities have remained unchanged, there are a few steps that have been made a bit more intuitive.  If you've been updated to iSpring 9, these instructions will help guide you through the publishing/uploading process.  If you haven't been upgraded as of yet, we encourage you to reach out to the IS Help Desk and make a request for the newer version.

Record Audio

The following information is provided by iSpring

You can record audio narrations by reading aloud your text notices or any other verbal announcements and synchronizing them with your slideshow. Just click the Record Audio button to launch the Record Audio Narration wizard.

Screenshot of the iSpring 9 tab with a callout around the Record Audio button  

To record an audio narration:

  1. Choose the slide where you would like to record audio narration from the drop-down list of slides.
  2. Click Start Record to start recording your audio narration.
  3. Click OK to apply the changes or Cancel to quit Record Audio Narration without saving any changes.

 

 

 

Table 1. Audio Recording Options

Drop-down Slide list             Choose the slide where you want to record audio
Left arrow button             Click to go to the previous slide
Play/Pause button             Click to play/pause recorded audio
Process this slide only             Select this checkbox to process one chosen slide only
Prompt to overwrite existing audio             Select this checkbox if you want to be prompted to rerecord an existing audio
Right arrow button             Click to go to the next slide
Settings             Click to select an audio recording device
Show slide notes             Select this checkbox to show text notices for the slide
Start record / Next animation/ Next slide/ Stop             Click to start audio recording/ Click to advance to the next animation/ Click to advance to the next slide/ Click to stop
Stop button             Click to stop recorded audio
Option
Description

Part 1:  Preparing the Presentation

One of the more impactful changes to iSpring 9 is the ability to quickly adjust slide behavior for your presentations. Please note that there is no way to set a default slide behavior as there was in previous versions. If you plan on progressing slides automatically or enabling a minimum slide duration, please make sure to set these options in each presentation.

 

To set slides to progress automatically...
 
  1. Open the PowerPoint Presentation and navigate to the iSpring Suite 9 tab in the ribbon
  2. Click Slide Properties
    Screenshot of Slide Properties button
     
  3. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all slides, and then click Auto
    Screenshot of auto button
     
  4. Press Save & Close to save the changes
    screenshot of Save & Close button

 

 

To designate a minimum slide duration...
 
  1.  Open the PowerPoint Presentation and navigate to the iSpring Suite 9 tab in the ribbon
  2.  Click Slide Properties
    screenshot of Slide Properties button

     
  3.  Press and hold CTRL on your keyboard, and then click the slides that do not have any audio or interactions
  4.  Use the Slide Duration option to set a time of 10 seconds (00:10.00)
    Screenshot showing the slide duration button
     
  5. Press Save & Close to save the changes
    Screenshot of the Save & Close button

 

Publish a SCORM Presentation

iSpring 9 has implemented a more streamlined approach to the publishing process. In just a few clicks you’ll have your presentation published and ready to upload to Blackboard.  

  1. Click Publish and select the LMS tab on the left
  2. The PowerPoint’s file name appears as the Title, but you can change that here if desired
  3. Click Browse to select where to save the published presentation
    - This should be a location where you can find it easily
  4. Select the LMS Profile of SCORM 1.2, and then press Publish.
    screenshot of the iSpring publish screen with callouts pointing to the LMS tab, title field, browse button, and SCORM 1.2 LMS profile
     
  5. A new zipped folder is created with the title's name.
    screenshot showing a zipped folder with the same name as the presentation

Upload the Presentation

By default, all iSpring presentations are published as a zipped SCORM file.

SCORM packages allow grading/completion information to be passed back to the Blackboard Grade Center to track student engagement with learning materials.  

 

To upload a SCORM Presentation

  1. Navigate to your Blackboard course and enter the content area where students will access the lecture
    screenshot showing a Course Menu with a box around the Course Content content area
     
  2. Click Build Content > Content Package (SCORM)
    Screenshot showing the Build Content menu with Content Package SCORM highlighted
     
  3. Click Browse My Computer, select the zipped folder created by iSpring, and then click Open
    Screenshot showing step 3. There is a box around the Browse My Computer button with an arrow pointing to the highlighted presentation zip and another arrow pointing to the open button
     
  4. Click Submit to upload the lecture to your course.

SCORM Options

  1. (Optional) Use the Title field to change the name of the lecture’s link on Blackboard, and write a summary of the lecture in the description field.
  2. Select Yes to Make SCORM Available
  3. Specify the Number of Attempts
    - Allow single attempt if students only have one try to take a built-in test or if you only want them to access the lecture content once
    - Allow unlimited attempts if students are free to access the lecture contents whenever they want, and however many times they want. Allowing unlimited attempts is the recommended option if you’re using SCORM to upload weekly lecture content.
    - Use the Number of attempts option to specify how many times students can access the lecture content. Some instructors may use this to limit students to taking a built-in test 2 or 3 times.
  4. (Optional) Use the Limit Availability options to determine when students can access the content
    Screenshot showing callouts for the make SCORM available, number of attempts, and limit availability
     
  5. Use the Grading options to select whether or not you want to count the SCORM grade in the Grade Center.
    - If the SCORM doesn’t count towards grades and you don’t care about the results, select No Grading.
     
  6. If you do want to see the student’s scores select Grade, specify the Points Possible, and optionally set a Due Date
    Screenshot of the SCORM grading options with callouts pointing to No Grading and Grade: Points Possible

     
  7. Press Submit
    - Do NOT change the options for Grade SCOS or Grade Timing. Changing these options can result in problems in the Grade Center
  8. (Optional) If graded and allowing for multiple attempts, navigate to the Full Grade Center (Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center), click the drop-down menu that appears in the lecture’s column, select Edit Column Information and change the Score Attempts Using option to Highest Grade.
    screenshot showing the column information display settings with Highest Grade selected
     

QuizMaker Quick Start

Information provided by iSpring

After you start iSpring QuizMaker, you will see the Quick Start screen which gives you access to basic operations with the product. From this window you can create a new quiz, open a quiz from the list of recent quizzes, or choose to browse media resources related to iSpring QuizMaker.

iSpring QuizMaker Quickstart    

 

Create Graded Quiz

A new graded quiz will be created.

Create Survey

A new survey will be created.

Recent Quizzes

The Quick Start window shows a list of quizzes that you have recently opened. Click the Browse button to open a quiz which is not listed in the recent documents.

Resources

This panel lists links to online resources related to iSpring QuizMaker: video tutorials, community, knowledge base and support. These links will open in your default web browser.

Managing Quizzes

Information provided by iSpring

Manage Quizzes

  1. Toolbar

  2. Question List with Slide View/Form View tabs

  3. Question Pane

  4. Media Resources Pane

  5. Answer Details Pane

  6. Options/Feedback and Branching Pane

  7. Status bar

Managing Questions

You can add an unlimited number of questions to a quiz using 11 different categories of graded questions and 12 non-graded question categories.

Adding Questions

To add a question to your quiz:

  1. Select one of the question types in the Graded Questions or Survey Questions drop-down menus.

     Quizmaker Add Question

  2. Type your question in the Question field.

    Quizmaker Add Questions 2

  3. Customize question text style (Bold/Italic/Underline) and add media resources to it.

  4. Add one or several choices to your question in the Answer/Details area.

    In addition, you can maximize the Answers area to have more space while working with long descriptions or large images. Once panel is maximized, you can simply restore its original size to see question details by clicking the Restore button in the upper left corner of the panel.

    Quizmaker Add Questions 3
     

  5. In the Options area, uncheck the Use default options checkbox and change defaults if necessary. (Use this guide for available options)

    Quizmaker Add Questions 4

  6. If necessary, change feedback settings for the question.

  7. Enable branching if you want to control the order of questions in quizzes depending on the students' answers.

Option

Description

Use default option

Uncheck the Use default options checkbox to override the Question Defaults settings. Select this checkbox to apply default settings (1 attempt; 10 points awarded for each correct answer; shuffled answers; partial answer - not allowed).

Score

Choose whether the score and penalties will be awarded by question or by answer.

Points

Specify the number of points given for a correct answer. If the score is given by answer, you can set custom score per each answer choice for two question categories: Multiple Choice and Multiple Response.

Penalties

Specify the number of penalty points given for an incorrect answer. If the penalty is applied by answer, you can set custom penalty points per each answer choice for two question categories: Multiple Choice and Multiple Response.

Note: Penalty point for each answer should start with the minus sign.

Attempts

Specify the number of question attempts available.

Shuffle answers

Select this checkbox to show answers in the shuffled order. Shuffling answers is disabled for True/False and Yes/No question types.

Allow partial answer

Select this checkbox to treat partial answers as correct ones.

Note: You cannot set penalties if partial answer is allowed. The Penalty field is disabled if you select Allow partial answer.

May skip

This option is available for survey questions only. If you select this option, survey participants will be able to skip the question without answering it.

Limit time to answer the questions

Set the allowed time to answer a question. After the time runs out, the question will be automatically submitted with the selected answer.

Answers are case sensitive

Enabling this option makes the input text case sensitive.

Limit number of answers

This option is available for Multiple Response and Pick Many questions only. Specify the maximum number of answers, which user can give to this question.

Deleting Questions

  1. Select a question in the list on the left side of the QuizMaker window.
  2. Right-click the selected question and choose Delete in the context menu
    or press Delete on your keyboard.
  3. Click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
 Note: You can select several questions by holding down the CTRL or SHIFT keyboard key while you click questions with the mouse.

Backup iSpring Working Files

After publishing and uploading an iSpring presentation, you should consider creating a backup of the working files. Creating a backup will make it easier to update the presentation in the future and better ensures that you never lose your audio files.

Remember to backup the files to your Z:/ drive, departmental G:/ drive, and/or your university OneDrive account. Saving directly to your local computer may still put your files at risk if you ever get a virus or hardware failure!
 

To backup your iSpring Working Files

  1. Open the PowerPoint File
  2. Click File > Share > Share iSpring Suite Project > Export Project
    screenshot showing the Share window in PowerPoint with callout arrows pointed at Share iSpring Suite Project and then the Export Project button
     
  3. Click Browse to select the save location
  4. Click Export to create a backup of the working files
    screenshot showing the Export iSpring Suite Project popup menu with the location set to the Z:/ drive. There are boxes around the Browse and Export buttons and a button leading from Browse that points to Export
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