(Last Updated: June 29, 2020)

In eLearning course design, question pools (also called question banks) are really practical. They come in handy when you wish to reuse questions or create several different versions of the same quiz.

In this tutorial, we show you how to create and manage question pools. Also, you’ll know the technique to import pools from other projects. In terms of drawing slides from pools to create random questions, we save it for another tutorial.  

Overview of Question Pools

Basically, a question pool contains a list of question slides which don’t appear directly in the output. It’s used to randomize the order of questions in a quiz. That is, you put questions into a pool, and then draw them out when you need to create randomized questions. So, you can keep quizzes from being predictable. Besides, using question pools is a good way to organize and manage related questions in one place.

Overview of question pools

In ActivePresenter, you can add not only question slides but any other slides to pools. For this reason, question pools are also called slide pools. All slide pools are kept and managed in the Slide Pools pane. 

All slide pools are kept and managed in the Slide Pools pane.

To use slide pools, you can move slides in the Slides pane to a pool or create a new slide from this pane. Then, to show these slides in the output, you need to use random slides. This helps make slides appear randomly in the output. Additionally, the app allows you to move any slide in a pool to other pools or back to the Slides pane.

Create and Manage Question Pools

Create New Question Pools

By default, the app gives you “Pool 1” without slides. To add a new pool, do the following:

Step 1: In the View tab > Slide Pools . Then, the Slide Pools pane appears.

Step 2: Click Add to open the Add Pool dialog. Name your pool and click OK.

Create and manage new question pool.

Rename Question Pools

To rename a question pool, do as follows:

Step 1: Select a pool from the Pool drop-down list.

Step 2: Click Rename. Then, enter a name you want. 

Delete Question Pools

To delete a question pool, do as follows:

Step 1: Select a pool from the Pool drop-down list.

Step 2: Click Delete. Then, the selected pool and all slides inside it are removed.

Manage Slides in Slide Pools

Add Slides to Slide Pools

There are two ways to add slides to a slide pool. First, add existing slides in the Slides pane to the pool. Second, create new slides right inside the pool.

1. Add Slides in Slides pane to a Slide Pool

To add slides to a pool, in the Slides pane, right-click one or more slides > Move Slide To > select a pool. As these slides are moved to the Slide Pools pane, they no longer appear in the Slides pane.

To add slides to a pool, in the Slides pane, right-click one or more slides > Move Slide To > select a pool.

Tip: You can also cut and paste slides from the Slides pane to the Slide Pools pane. 

2. Create New Slides Inside a Slide Pool

To do this, in a pool, right-click anywhere in the Slide Pools pane > New Slide. In case you right-click a slide early on, the new slide will have the same theme and layout properties as the selected slide. Otherwise, the new slide inherits theme properties from the first theme of the current project. In the latter case, the new slide will appear with the layout like this:

Layout of new slide in slide pools

You can also create question slides right inside the pool. ActivePresenter 8 currently supports you to create 11 types of interactive questions with a few clicks. 

(1) True/False
(2) Multiple Choice
(3) Multiple Response
(4) Fill in Text Entry
(5) Fill in Text Entries
(6) Fill in Blanks
(7) Essay
(8) Sequence
(9) Drag-n-Drop
(10) Hotspot
(11) Rating Scale (Likert)

Edit Slides

After having slides in a pool, you can freely edit them as normal. For example, cut/copy/delete slides, change slides’ layout, add objects to them, etc.

Move Slides from a Pool to Another

The app allows you to move any slide in a pool to another pool or to the current project as well. To do this, perform these steps:

Step 1: Select a pool from the Pool drop-down list.

Step 2: Right-click one or more slides in that pool > Move Slide To > select another pool or the Slides pane in the current project to which you want to move that slide. 

Right-click one or more slides in that pool > Move Slide To > select another pool or the Slides pane in the current project to which you want to move that slide.

Note: Apart from this, you can also copy slides in a pool and paste them into another pool or into the Slides pane.

Import Slide Pools from Other Projects

You can reuse slide pools across projects. Do as follow:

Step 1: In the Slide Pools pane > Import Pool .

Step 2: Browse your file system and select a project file (*.approj) which contains slide pools you want to reuse. Then, the Import Slide Pools window appears like this.

Browse your file system and select a project file (*.approj) which contains slide pools you want to reuse.

This window has two boxes:

  • The Pools box is where to show pools in the selected project.
  • The Slides box displays all slides in each pool. To change the view mode, click the Small or Large button.

Step 3: Select a pool to import. By default, all pools are selected. But if you don’t want to import any pool, just deselect the corresponding check box.

Step 4: Select import options.

  • Append Pools: Import a pool as a new pool and keep all previously created pools in the current project.
  • Replace All Existing Pools: Import a pool as a new pool and replace all previously created pools in the current project.

Step 5: Click OK to apply changes.

That’s how to create question pools in ActivePresenter 8. The next tutorial will guide you how to draw slides from question pools to create random questions. So don’t miss it out!