How to Use Embedded Multimedia in Exams

December 3, 2014 Kristen Hicks

Different students learn differently. For subjects where students must demonstrate learning outcomes involving skills and knowledge that transcend words on a page, traditional tests can often be a daunting challenge. Fortunately, when you use ExamSoft, adding images, video files, and audio files to a test or assignment is not only possible; it’s pretty simple.

How to Add an Image to a Test Question

With ExamSoft, adding a multimedia file to an exam is no more difficult than adding an attachment to an email. There’s a box in the editing screen labeled “Attachment” that includes an upload button. In order to add multimedia to your exam, you just click the button and select the appropriate file. If you have any difficulty at all finding where to add an attachment or how you want it to look once it’s loaded, just set up a demo with us, and we’ll be happy to help.

Tricks for Easy Exam Administration with Multimedia Files

When adding files to your exams, these tips should help:

  1. Combine multiple image files. If you have multiple images you want to include in the stem of a question, you can do it easily using PowerPoint. Our recent webinar on using multimedia elements within exams will take you step-by-step through the process.
  2. Keep audio and video files short. This helps with the next tip and makes it easier for your students to view or listen to the clip multiple times, if needed.
  3. Keep the media files small. If a file’s too large, your students will have to wait for it to show up on their screens. Images can easily be resized by changing the pixels-per-inch setting in PowerPoint or by using a free online resource like GIMP.

Depending on what you’re using to create a video or audio file, the methods for creating a smaller file may vary. Check the help resources for your program to see what file type is recommended for greater compression. This resource may be useful.

By taking advantage of our embedded multimedia tools, ExamSoft can help you create more valuable tests and improve student-learning outcomes. Check out our resources page for more information, or get in touch with us if you have any questions.


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