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The Burning E-Learning Question: Does Slide Count Matter?

1158070_876226201.jpgAs I sit down to write this post I’m thinking back on my long lost college days.  Specifically I’m thinking about sitting through Dr. Holland’s endless marketing theory class and his love for all things PowerPoint.  See, Dr. Holland (name changed to protect the not so innocent) only taught night classes.

This was both good and bad.  Good because you only had to go one night a week.  Bad cause you then had to make yourself sit there and pretend to pay attention for the entire 2+ hours that he droned on … and on … and on. (more…)

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5 Shortcuts to Effective E-Learning

253947_2193.jpgThe other day I sat down to work on some new course content and ran straight into a solid brick wall.  It didn’t matter what I tried, my mind was a complete blank and words were simply not making their way onto the page in any way shape form or fashion.

Normally this wouldn’t be much more than a simple irritation but on this particular day it was giving me cause to panic. (more…)

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3 Ways E-Learning Will Look Different in 2013

1276359_74191928.jpgRemember what it was like to be little?  To be just another kid hanging out in the neighborhood and dreaming about what the future would look like?  Yeah, those were the days.  I don’t know about you, but I was pretty sure that the Jetsons were on to a thing or two!

Well my friends, the future is now.  We have arrived, not just into the next century, but into the second decade of the next century and its time for us to take a closer look at what that means to the would of E-Learning as a whole.

We may not be cruising around in flying cars just yet, but we do have a few extremely impressive new resources ready and waiting for us to both explore and incorporate.  So, without further ado, I give you E-Learning….the 2013 version!

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The Apple Effect on E-Learning

1359351_76562943.jpgI remember my first Apple.  Well…it wasn’t mine per say, but it did grace the dusty back table of my fourth grade classroom and I lived for those scant 15 minutes a day spent creeping my way down the Oregon Trail.   I ruled that trail!

But that was it.  That is the single Apple related memory of my childhood.  And even beyond.  If we are being completely honest the idea of Apple as a brand didn’t even cross my mind again until the first iPod ads started working their way in front of my eyes.

Can I admit that they worked? 

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of those shiny white boxes of goodness! (more…)

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Tips for Adding the Right Images to Your E-Learning Content

1083507_59176087.jpgWho doesn’t like pictures?  I like pictures.  Pictures are fun.  They add interest, they add depth and they are able to say a whole heck of a lot more than I am at a fraction of the word count.

Sounds like a win/win situation, right?  Well, it is .. but only if we are talking about the right pictures!

After all, this is not a one kind fits all kind of thing.  Not in the least.  I mean,  if a picture is going to shout out a 1000 words then you want to make extra sure that you know exactly what those words are going to be!

In short, you want this images you choose to enhance the quality of your E-Learning environment rather than (more…)

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How to Insert a YouTube Video into Slidepoint

Here is a tutorial (created using Slidepoint) that shows you how to insert a YouTube video into a Slidepoint presentation:



What is SlidePoint? In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos). You can use Slidepoint in your Weblearning LMS system, or as a stand-alone service here.

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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SlidePoint App for Weblearning is Like PowerPoint Online

Our most ambitious Weblearning LMS plugin, over 2 years in development, the SlidePoint Online Presentation software for Weblearning is finally available.

Currently, it is available solely as a plug-in for our Weblearning LMS/E-Learning System, but work is already underway for a stand-alone cloud-based version (will be hosted on www.slidepoint.net).

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So What is SlidePoint?

In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash (in other words, works on mobile phones and tablets, including iPad)! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

Creating interactive e-learning presentations, slideshows, training tutorials, and marketing slideshows is easy with SlidePoint.

Will have some more examples soon, but for now, here are a few SlidePoints: Sample1, Sample2

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your SlidePoint Presentations). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Use PowerPoint Backgrounds in SlidePoint

Now that we have released the SlidePoint Online Presentation software for Weblearning, many of you want to use your PowerPoint backgrounds in your SlidePoint Presentations.

So, although I am not an expert at creating great e-learning presentations, I put one together using SlidePoint - which shows you how to get your PowerPoint backgrounds into SlidePoint so you can use them as a Presentation skin (while showing a bit of what can be done using SlidePoint).



What is SlidePoint? In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your SlidePoint Presentations). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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To Do or Not To Do … Should an Educator Blog?

960692_93021290.jpgTo blog…or not to blog?  As the title suggests it poses quite the perplexing question.  After all, as educators our blogs have the potential to both affect our students as well as offer them a type of behind the scenes glimpse into our minds.

But is that a good thing?

Do we really want to open ourselves up to that type of scrutiny and, in doing so, invite the dialogue that comes hand-in-hand with any type of public forum?

I think so.

In fact, I think that being an educator makes the reasons to blog more important, more interesting and even more compelling.  It allows us to express ideas and open conversations that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.  It allows us to share our voice.  Now, let’s talk about why we should…..

Reasons Educators Should Blog:

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SlidePoint for Weblearning LMS To Be Released

We are just about ready to release our newest plug-in for the Weblearning LMS – called SlidePoint.

The best way to describe it is this – it’s like an online version of PowerPoint geared specifically towards e-learning.

In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

Another cool benefit is – your presentations will also run on mobile devices.

Here is a screen shot of the SlidePoint Editor:

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We expect SlidePoint to be available in the next several weeks. In the meantime, here is a sample presentation I created with the (internal) beta version of SlidePoint – not the greatest presentation ever created, but a light sampling of some stuff you can do (and as it’s being delivered outside of a course, the save/exit button doesn’t function):



Here is another sample presentation
..that demonstrates a custom button bar, as well as the ability to resize and scale the presentation like you can with videos (even though it is not a video): http://bit.ly/rrCVXq



..and this sample presentation talks about some advanced animations like rotate, skew and scale – and does so while advancing automatically from slide to slide (like a video): http://bit.ly/nsocRu

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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How To Convert PowerPoint E-Learning Presentations into Movies

movie-1.gifOne of the greatest things about PowerPoint is that they are always working to make it better.  A new version means new changes.  New features and options that give the user more freedom than ever before.  With PowerPoint 2010 those of us in the E-Learning community have even more to be excited about.  Because with this new version we finally have the ability to covert our E-Learning presentations into movies with one simple step.

The reality is that it has always been possible to create a movie from a PowerPoint presentation.  The problem is that up until now the process was long, laborious and complicated.  It also required the use of additional software as well as some level of technical know-how.

Today?  This is no longer the case and I am thrilled!  Now with one simple step you can save your presentation into a movie format that you can use again and again.

What to know how its done?  No problem! (more…)

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How to Edit a Photo Using PowerPoint

I came across this short video which show a fairly easy yet useful way to edit and re-purpose images inside PowerPoint (instead of, for example, having to fire up PhotoShop or some other high-powered image editor).

While certainly not a full replacement for your favorite image editor, once you watch it, I think you may be as surprised as I was to find out this was even possible in PowerPoint:

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The Weblearning Learning Management System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your PowerPoint Presentations). To try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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10 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint for E-Learning

helpful_tips_image.jpgWe all know that PowerPoint is an amazing tool in the world of E-Learning software.  It allows us to connect directly with users, as well as share our message in a wholly unique and fully customizable way.  But, as with any tool, there are good ways (and therefore not-so-good ways) to use it.

So today, in hopes of helping you to solve the PowerPoint puzzle, I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me along the way.  Nothing too fancy, just a great place to start when it comes to building presentations of your own!

1. Keep it Simple

Let’s face it…PowerPoint is fun!  It’s packed with all of these happy little features that let you make your slides move, bounce and shimmy to the beat of your favorite music.

The problem with this is that all those extras can detract from your message.  Users will spend their time focused on the fun instead of the lesson you are trying to teach.  Simple slides may seem boring, but they are the best way to deliver a targeted and tailored E-Learning experience.

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Great Ways to Prevent Cheating on Online Quizzes

imgres.jpgDelivering Online Quizzes is becoming more and more common, so here are 5 great ways to help prevent cheating and ensure the user answers are their own.

Shuffle the Question Order

This is a no-brain-er. By doing this, you make sure that passing the quiz is not a simple list of letters (like 1-a, 2-c, 3-b, 4-b, etc). Most quiz authoring software (including our Weblearning E-Learning System as well as our Online Quiz Maker System) enable you to do this.

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Creating a Custom Design Template for PowerPoint Quiz Maker

The newest version of Atrixware PowerPoint Quiz Maker uses design templates for the resultant presentation. For the most part, the included templates are usable, but with just a bit of work, you can create your own, and add in your own logo, graphics, font sizes, and transition FX (as a small example).

To start, browse to the templates folder:

In Windows XP, its usually here:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\atrixware\PowerPoint Quiz Maker 9\shared\ppt templates\

In Windows Vista, it’s usually here:
C:\ProgramData\Atrixware\PowerPoint Quiz Maker 9\shared\ppt templates\

You should see the following folders (or something similar):

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Now, COPY a folder (I will use PLAIN in this example), and then PASTE it so there is a new folder ..

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Rename the new folder to CUSTOM1 (or whatever you would like):

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Now, double-click on the folder to open it, and you will see the following files:

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The preview.gif file is what you see in PowerPoint Quiz Maker when you choose the design template. If you have a graphic editor, you can change this to whatever you desire. For this example, we will use the default preview.

The other 5 files are used by PowerPoint Quiz Maker when it creates the PowerPoint quizzes. You can modify one, or all of these files inside of PowerPoint. The important thing is to NOT remove any elements already there, or the quiz may not work properly (but you can certainly ADD elements and MOVE elements around).

For this article, I will modify the q_slide1.ppt, which represents the slide that contains the question text, and choices for questions that do not have an image (for questions with an image, the q_slide1_image.ppt is the template). So, double-click on the q_slide1.ppt file, and it will open in PowerPoint.

Once open, you can do whatever you normally do in PowerPoint (change locations of text objects, change font sizes, colors, and styles, add some graphics and perhaps a background, assign transition FX, etc). Shown below is a before and after of the q_slide1.ppt file I did:

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I also added an entrance effect to the question text and choices by selecting each one (6 total fields) and then right-clicking and choosing CUSTOM ANIMATION ..

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.. and then choosing ADD EFFECT > ENTRANCE > FLY IN ..

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Once you have the slide the way you like it, SAVE it, and if necessary, perform edits on the other files as well. Once complete, you will see your template as an available option from the PowerPoint Publish Dialog from inside of PowerPoint Quiz Maker:

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Inserting slides using the PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial

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If you’ve downloaded the free trials of any of our Quiz Publishing Software, you’re probably used to the idea of creating a quiz, creating five or so questions, publishing that quiz, and actually being able to use or distribute it.  A common question that comes up regarding our PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial is if you can insert the question slides you have created into Microsoft PowerPoint.

For example, if you download the trial our Easy Quiz Maker software you have the ability to create quizzes, add up to five questions to those quizzes, publish the quizzes, and even customize and link the results into the free trial of our Quiz Management Service.  The same goes for Online Quiz Maker, Flash Quiz Maker, and Test Pro Developer.

A common question regarding the PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial is how to actually insert the question slides you’ve created into your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.  The PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial works a bit differently from what you might be used to.  The PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial will allow you to get a feel of how to create a question slide, an incorrect answer slide, and a correct answer slide.  It will also allow you to configure the visual settings, including font style, font size, font color, and the use of the special effects used in Microsoft PowerPoint.

However, unlike some of our software, the PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 free trial does not allow you to add any questions to the Question Bank, nor does it allow you to publish any of your question slides into Microsoft PowerPoint.

To see what a PowerPoint presentation would like using question slides created in PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, you can browse to the product page at  http://www.atrixware.com/site/subsites/product/pages/powerpoint_quiz_maker.php to see a demo of what slides created with PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 look like in action.

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Creating your first question slide with PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009

PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009 is a light-weight, easy to use application for inserting quiz slides directly into your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.  In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to get started using PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, specifically how to create your first question slides and insert them into your presentation.

When you first run PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, I’m presented with a Start Page that allows me to jump right into creating slides.  However, before I create my slides I need to make sure I have Microsoft PowerPoint running, the presentation I would like insert quiz questions to opened, and the slide where I would like to insert my questions selected.

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Every time you create a question slide using PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, you are actually creating three slides at once – the question slide, the slide displayed if the student answers incorrectly, and the slide displayed if the student answers correctly.  So if I have my PowerPoint presentation opened up and have the tenth slide selected, when I insert the quiz question I’m going to create into my presentation, the question will be inserted into the eleventh, twelth, and thirteenth slides, moving the rest of my slides down three spaces.

From the Start Page, I can begin creating my question by clicking either the Create a NEW Question link in the Welcome area, or by selecting the Question Slide tab from the sidebar.

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The Question Slide screen is where you create the quiz the question you want to insert into your presentation. The first thing I need to enter when creating my question is the Header.  This will be displayed across the top of my question slide – it could be the quiz name, the category the question falls into, the title of my presentation, etc.  If I wanted to insert an image into my question slide, I can check the Allocate Space for an Image box.  This will leave spacing in the layout of my slide for me to insert an image once I get back into PowerPoint – I cannot insert the image through PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, only reserve the space for it.

In the Question field I want to enter the question itself, and in the Choices fields I want to enter the multiple choice answers I would like to present my student with.  Depending on whether or not I check the Prefix Choices with a Letter box, my answers can appear as Answer or A. Answer. 

If I would like to show navigation buttons on my slide (Next or Back), I can check either the Show Back Button box or Show Next Button box, or both.  When using the next and back buttons, it is important to denote whether or not this question is preceded by another question.  If there is a question before this one and I do not check the Another Question comes before this one box, I will be taken to the slide directly behind this one, which would be the correct answer slide.  By checking this option, the back button will skip back the correct amount of slides to display the question that precedes this one.

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After I’ve finished setting up the Question slide tab, I’m going to move on to the Wrong Slide tab.   This is the slide that is displayed to the student if they answer the question incorrectly.  Again I’m asked to enter a Header, which in this case could be a message telling them they got the answer incorrect.  I can also use the Message field to display an explanation to the student or inform them what material to reference for more information about my question.

Enabling the Show Back Button in this case would present the student with a button to try and answer the question again, while enabling the Show Next Button displays a continue button that will take them to either the next question or next slide.

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The Correct Slide tab works almost identically to the Wrong Slide tab.  From here I can enter a Header, congratulating the student for answering correctly.  I can also display a Message that might explain the question in more detail.

Enabling the Show Back Button box will display a back button to my student that will take them back to the question and enabling the Show Next Button box will show a continue button that takes the student to either the next question or slide, depending on whether or not I decide to insert more questions after this one.

Once I’ve finished setting up the Question Slide, Wrong Slide, and Correct Slide, all I need to is click the Insert Quiz Question button at the bottom of the software to have it automatically insert all three slides I have set up directly into my PowerPoint presentation.

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Configuring the Visual Settings in PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009

When creating Quizzes using PowerPoint Quiz Maker 2009, there are of a number of Visual Settings that can be utilized to make your Quiz slide integrate seamlessly with the rest of your PowerPoint presentation.  In this tutorial I’ll be going over what these Visual Settings are and how to use them effectively.

To begin, I need to make sure I have Microsoft PowerPoint running along with PowerPoint Quiz Maker.  In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ishould have a presentation open with the slide currently selected where I want to insert my Question slides.  In PowerPoint Quiz Maker, I should have a Question (complete with the Wrong/Correct Slides) ready to be inserted into my presentation (or I could always pull Questions from my Question Bank).

Before I insert the Question slides, I’m going to click on the Visual Settings tab on the left hand side:

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This will bring up the Visual Settings screen.  The first options that are presented to me is the font styling for the Headers, Messages, Question, and Choices.  The Headers are the text I chose to be displayed along the top of the Question, Correct, and Wrong slides.  The Messages are the text I chose to be displayed as a message to the user on the the Correct and Wrong slide.  Finally, the Question and Choices are the Question and Answers themselves that appear on the Question slide.

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The first button in each Font Style, allows me to select the font face I would like to use for each style.  Clicking on the button (which by default is set to use the Arial font) will bring up a window with a drop-down box where I can select from a number of popular fonts.

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The second button corresponds to the size of the font that I want to use for each style.  Again, clicking the button (which by default is set to size 24 for the Headers and size 14 for the remaining styles) will present me with a window where I can select a font size.10-1-2008-12-38-07-pm.jpg

The next button allows me to set which color settings from my PowerPoint presentation that I want the style to inherit.  By clicking this button I am presented with a window and a drop-down where I can select ppBackground, ppForeground, ppShadow, ppTitle, ppFill, ppAccent1, ppAccent2, ppAccent3.

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Each of the options correspond with the names of the colors in my PowerPoint presentation’s color scheme.  The color scheme itself is set by either the Design Template I have chosen in PowerPoint or I can edit it myself.  To view/edit the color scheme in PowerPoint, I want to go into Powerpoint and, with Color Schemes selected in the the Slide Design pane, click the link at the very bottom of the pane that reads “Edit Color Schemes…”

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This brings up the Edit Color Scheme window, where I can edit the presentation’s color scheme, as well as see how they match up with the options presented in the Visual Settings tab of PowerPoint Quiz Maker.

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Heading back into PowerPoint Quiz Maker, the last option presented to me for styling the fonts is whether or not I want the text to be bolded.  By checking the box to left of the word Bold, I can decide whether or not I want that font to be styled bold or not.

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On the bottom half of the Visual Settings screen, I am given the option to select which kind of Entry Effects, if any, I would like to use for my four different types of text (again the same text we can style the fonts for: Headers, Messages, Question, and Choices).  If I was to click any of these buttons, a window would popup and I would be presented with a drop-down box where I could select the type of Entry Effect I would like to use.

There are far too many Entry Effects to go into, suffice to say each effect available to in PowerPoint Quiz Maker is the same effect you would see in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Once I’ve completed selecting all my Visual Settings, I can simply add Questions to my PowerPoint slide by clicking the Insert Quiz Question button or loading them in via the Question Bank.

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