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Advanced Formatting

The Advanced Formatting screen is accessible via a sub-link in the Quizzes tab. This screen allows a MyGradeBook user to enhance the quizzes in their account with sections and subsections. They can add, edit, and delete them to specify the flow of a particular quiz. In addition, teachers can force page breaks prior to each question, section, and subsection of a quiz.

When a teacher first accesses the Advanced Formatting screen, they are presented with the questions for the particular quiz that they're working on. Beneath each question is a check box that allows the teacher to format a page break before that question. Forcing page breaks is a great way to improve the printed version of a quiz. It allows a teacher to set the number of questions that appear on a specific page when the quiz is printed. Note that the page breaks also format on the version of the quiz that the students take online.

Topics:
Adding a Section
Adding a Subsection
Setting the number of questions per page
Using HTML in the sections and subsections

Buttons:
Save
Cancel
Add Section
Add Subsection

Save
The Save button stores any changes that you make to a section. Be sure to click on the Save button after you have added any new sections or subsections, after you've made any changes to existing sections or subsections, or deleted sections or subsections within the quiz.

Cancel
The cancel button erases the most recent edit made to a section or subsection.

Add Section
The add section button creates a new section for a quiz. The add section button will appear by itself on the Advanced Formatting screen when a section has yet to be added to an existing quiz. This button only allows you to add one section to a quiz at a time. If there is insufficient space on a quiz to add another section, the add section button will not appear on the Advanced Formatting screen.

Add Subsection
The add subsection button creates a new subsection for a quiz. The Add Subsection button will appear on the Advanced Formatting screen once a section has been added to a quiz. This button only allows you to add one subsection to a quiz at a time. If there is no section or there is no space for another subsection, the Add Subsection button will not be displayed.

Adding a Section:
To add a section to a quiz, click on the add section button. You will be prompted to a screen that asks you to select where your section will begin and end. To mark where your new section will start, click on the checkbox for "Start the new section here" that appears in front of the proper question at the beginning of the section. To mark where the section will end, click on the checkbox for "End the new section here" that appears after the proper question that will end the section. After you mark the start and end of your section, click on the Save button to save your changes.

The next screen that you see allows you to format the new section that you've added to your quiz. In the spaces provided, enter the title for your new section as well as a description (if one is necessary). Below the title and description boxes, you will see three checkboxes: Random Question Order, Force new page before this section, Delete This Section. It is important to note that these checkboxes are for the formatting of the section only.

Random Question Order:
This checkbox indicates that the questions in your section will appear in random order. If you click on the Random Question Order feature, it will override the settings that you enabled on the Properties screen for that particular section. For example, if you did not click on the checkbox for Display Questions in Random Order on the Properties screen, but enabled the questions to appear in random order in the section that you created, the questions will appear in random order. But they will only appear in random order in that section. The questions that appear outside of the section you create will appear in the order that they were written in.

If the Properties screen indicates that the questions on a quiz should appear randomized, and the section you create on the Advanced Formatting screen has randomized questions, both features will be formatted. Questions outside a section are randomized but the randomization affects the group prior to the start of a section and the group within the section separately.

Force new page break before this section:
This checkbox indicates that a new page will be created for the start of a section.

Delete This Section:
This checkbox indicates that the section you're working on is to be removed from your quiz. Clicking on this checkbox will not delete the questions that appear within the section.

Adding a Subsection:
To add a subsection to a quiz, click on the add subsection button. You will be prompted to a screen that asks you to select where your subsection will begin and end within your section. To mark where your subsection will start, click on the checkbox for "Start the new subsection here" that appears in front of the proper question at the beginning of the section. To mark where the subsection will end, click on the checkbox for "End the new subsection here" that appears after the proper question in the section that will end your subsection. After you mark the start and end of your subsection, click on the Save button to save your changes. The next screen that you see allows you to format the new subsection that you've added to your quiz section. In the spaces provided, enter the title for your new subsection as well as a description (if one is necessary). Below the title and description boxes, you will see three checkboxes: Random Question Order, Force new page before this subsection, Delete This Subsection. It is important to note that these checkboxes are for the formatting of the subsection only.

Random Question Order:
This checkbox indicates that the questions in your subsection will appear in random order. If you click on the Random Question Order feature in a subsection, it will override the settings that you enabled on the Advanced Formatting screen for the section in which your subsection appears.

Force new page before this subsection:
This checkbox indicates that a new page will be created for the start of a subsection.

Delete this Subsection:
This checkbox indicates that the subsection you're working on is to be removed from your quiz. Clicking on this checkbox will not delete the questions that appear within the subsection.

Setting the number of questions per page:
While working with the Advanced Formatting screen to enhance your quizzes, make sure that you take into consideration the number of questions that you've set to appear on each page. If you create sections and subsections for a quiz, you'll want a greater number of questions to appear on one page. With more questions on a page, the flow of the quiz will be much smoother. In general, you should set the number of questions per page to 20 while using sections and subsections on a quiz.

Using HTML in the sections and subsections:
You can use the toolbar or your own HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) to improve readability. If you are creating your HTML in an editor and then "cut and pasting" the resulting HTML into the field, be sure you click the "Source" button before pasting. You should also make sure you do not include all of the HTML code from a stand alone page because it will not work correctly.

If you use hyperlinks in your HTML code, make sure you have quotes around the URL parameters so MyGradeBook can pop up new windows when they are clicked.

If you want to include graphics from other web servers, please make sure the graphics are coming from a server providing https:// (Secure Socket Layer) access. If you link to pages that are not using SSL, teachers, parents, and students in your group will be shown messages repeatedly telling them that some of the content is unsecured.

Please note that the following are some but not all of the types of activities that are not allowed your in your HTML.
· You cannot include advertisements or promotions for products.
· You cannot link to commercial sites unless it is for educational purposes.
· You cannot perform cross-site scripting.
· You cannot include disparaging remarks in a custom header.
· You cannot include obscene, illegal, or libelous material.

If you decide to use HTML, make sure that you add a space after any "<" symbols that you do not want interpreted as an HTML tag. Please note that <body>, <form>, <head>, <plaintext>, and <html> tags are automatically converted to their textual representations. If they are not converted, these tags can cause problems when you or your students try to view the pages on which they appear.

Special note about pictures and teachers that use the Internet Explorer
This issue does not affect students that are taking quizzes.. This issue only affects teachers that use the Internet Explorer when they are creating, modifying, and taking quizzes via the "Take Quiz" link in the Quiz tab menu. If you are going to include pictures in your quizzes and you use the Internet Explorer web browser, you should store your pictures on a web server that supports SSL and use https instead of http for paths to your images so you can avoid the security warnings that the Internet Explorer will show you when the main page is accessed via https but the images are not. If you must use the Internet Explorer and your school does not have a web server that supports https or will not allow you to store your images on it, you should remember to click "NO" when the Internet Explorer asks you if you if you only want to view secure images.





























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