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Writing Questions Using Word Templates

How Word Templates work

Word Authoring Templates provide a easy-to-use tool for subject matter experts.

  1. The lecturer uses a special Word toolbar to select the type of question to create.
  2. The page then displays a form that the author fills in with the question's stimulus, choices, score, and feedback. A single document can contain numerous questions.
  3. When finished, the author sends the Word file to who publish the questions directly to a local Perception repository for use in Perception assessments.

What Word Templates offer

  • Authoring for lecturers within Microsoft Word
  • Easy-to-use question forms
  • Quick importing into Perception
  • Option to shuffle choices
  • It allows the creation of :
    1. Multiple Choice
    2. True/False
    3. Yes/No
    4. Likert questions

Technical Requirements

To run Questionmark Word Authoring Templates on PCs:

  • Either Microsoft® Office 2000, XP or 2003 must be installed. Microsoft® Word must be installed as part of the Microsoft® Office installation.

To run Questionmark Word Authoring Templates on Macintosh computers:

  • Either Microsoft® Word 2004 or Word X must be installed.

Using Word Templates

To use Word Templates to create an assessment follow these steps:

→ Follow this link to download a Word Template onto your computer

(the word templates link is under the second Add-ons - click on "Questionmark Word Authoring Template for PC authors (for version 4)")

You need to be a member of the Community to do this. Simply register with your address

1. Start Microsoft® Word

2. Click Tools

3. Click Macro

4. Click Security

5. Click Security Level (if the Security Level tab is not already displayed)

6. Click Medium, so that it is set

7. Click Trusted Publishers (or Trusted Sources)

8. Click Trust all installed add-ins and Templates, so that it is checked

9. Click Trust access to Visual Basic Project, so that it is checked

10. Click OK

11. Click File

12. Click Open

13. Navigate to where on your computer system Question Template files are located (for example, C:\Perception4\WordTemplates)

14. Double-click on the Question Template file you want to use (for example, QuestionAuthoringTemplate.doc)

15. Click Enable Macros

16. There will be displayed:

17. A blank page with the Questionmark logo in the top right corner

18. The Authoring Templates Toolbar, as shown below:


19. You can now use this toolbar to create questions. You can create as many as like in one file.

20. Once you have completed the questions, name the Word file

department_ surname_course ID_ test name.doc

(Note: this naming convention is very important to ensure your files are not lost)

21. Email this file to the Administrator:

22. The Administrator will now publish this to Perception and then the server from which students will have access to it.