In-Depth Toolkit

Quiz Training

Before making a quiz, make sure you have been added to the IDT user list - to get on the list, send a request, with your name and email, to DigitalNewsIDTAdmin@bbc.co.uk

Step By Step Guide

  • Prerequisites:

    Before creating the quiz, make sure you have the following ready:

    1. The questions you would like to ask.
    2. The various answers to each question.
    3. How many points each answer is worth.
    4. The points band for each result. E.G 1-3 points is band one, 4-8 points band two.
    5. A summary and/or additional details to display to the user for each result.
  • Step 1: Log into iSite, and click on 'Create New->Quiz' (top-right): Create New Quiz
  • Step 2: Add a name and title for your Quiz: Add a quiz name and title
  • Step 3: Choose whether users can change their answers or not: Choose whether users can change their answers or not
  • Step 4: Choose feedback per question (same feedback for all answers under a given question), or feedback per answer (unique feedback for each available answer): Choose feedback settings
  • Step 5: Choose to show the current, running score to the user throughout the quiz, or not: Show running score or not
  • Step 6: Choose whether to hide the running and final score from the user. Hiding the final score is useful for 'Which Star Wars Character Are You?' style quizzes - where users only need to know the result band, not their actual numerical score: Hide final score or not
  • Step 7: Choose whether to hide or show social media sharing links at the end of the quiz: Hide or dhow social media links
  • Step 8: Optionally, you may add some intro text, a main header image (click the 'Launch' link - see Step 9b for how to upload images) and a social media share message: Add optional intro and image to quiz
  • Step 9a: For each question, give the text, and an optional image. To add more questions, just click on the 'Insert Below' link to add more text inputs below the other questions: Make your questions
  • Step 9b: To add an image, click on the 'browse' link in the 'Question Image' box (see above), then choose the file you would like and click 'Upload' - in the published quiz, these images will appear above the available answers for the given question.
  • Step 9c: Once you have added a question image, you can then optionally add a video.

    Note, the image used in Step 9b becomes the poster image used in the video player - this allows you to choose your own thumbnail (poster) image for the videos in your quiz.

    To add a video to the question you're editing, click on the 'browse iBroadcast' link in bottom-right of the 'Question Video' box:

    The video picker

    The iBroadcast Asset Wizard will then appear and you may be asked to register an iBroadcast account. Once registered, you can use the Asset Wizard to choose a video - simply click on the video you want, then click 'Add' in the bottom left:

    Choose a video

    If you need to add your own videos, you can go to the iBroadcast homepage and do it there - your videos will then be available in the Asset Wizard. Adding your own videos should be done before you create your quiz.

    For more information on using iBroadcast, see the BBC Academy Video Guides, or take the BBC Academy online training course.

  • Step 9d: For each question made above (Step 9a), create the available answers - with each answer consisting of text, points and feedback. You can choose how many points each answer is worth, and what feedback message is given:

    Note: Incorrect answers would usually get zero points in a score based quiz, but you may wish to award different points for each answer - with 'better' answers getting more points, worse answers getting less (or zero).

    Create your answers
  • Step 10: Create your points bands - add the maximum final score for each band under 'Enter the score'. Add a summary and detailed description to each band - this will appear on the final results page, at the end of the quiz.

    In the example below, as our quiz has only two questions, users who score 2 points will be in band one ('Well Done!'), users with 1 point will be in band two ('Not Bad..'), and so on.

    Create your points bands
  • Step 11: Optionally add an 'Onward Journeys' section, with links to related stories or content. Click the plus icon (or down arrow, then 'Insert Below') to add more links. Add some Onward Journeys
  • Step 12: It's highly recommended that you preview and test your quiz in iSite before publishing - check that no questions, answers, feedback or results were left blank!

    Preview your quiz

    Click 'Save', then click the 'Preview' button (the 'eye' icon at the top, next to 'Save'), then run through the quiz to check the points are calculated correctly, and also check the final results and feedback are displayed correctly for each points band.

    Test your quiz
  • Step 13: When happy that you're quiz is finished, save and publish, then copy the include path that you require - either News (including World Service), Sport or Newsbeat: Add your quiz to CPS
  • Step 14: Now open your article in CPS. To add IDT content, you'll need to add an 'include' to your article. To do this, click 'New Story Component->Include File' (top of the page): Add an include to your CPS page

    Now paste the include path from Step 13 into the 'Web' section of your include and choose a title. Note that CPS previews don't display IDT content correctly, but when you publish your article, the quiz will appear in your work:

    Add your include path to the Web section of your include.

Creating a quiz

Quizzes help add interactivity and increase user engagement. It's easy to build a quiz, including numerical score based quizzes, as well as non-scoring quizzes such as 'Which Pop Star Are You?'. IDT quizzes have a very high completion rate (over 85%) and are a popular way to challenge users - how much do they know about the story, etc.

Some example quizzes are shown below, with information on their use.

Quiz with scoring enabled

On our 'Quiz of the Year', users can see the score and 'correct' answer, with feedback:

Scorable Quiz

Quiz with numerical scoring disabled

When there is no 'correct' answer (as below), you can hide the feeback and running score:

Non-Scorable Quiz

Quiz with videos

Add videos when creating your quiz and they will appear in place of the question image:

Video Quiz