Well Kept Secret since 1995
Opus Pro is a multi-faceted development tool which has been around for over 15 years and yet you’ve probably never heard of it as it has only recently focussed on the elearning market. It has a wide range of uses from interactive presentations to database applications but throughout its history it has been used regularly for training materials – especially simulations of everything from rig management software to artillery gunnery.
It seems that the developers of Digital Workshop have worked closely with customers to understand their actual requirements and base the new features on making those easier to achieve. The result is a set of unusual features to provide everyday requirements automatically and yet offer the flexibility to make even sophisticated functions easy.
The result is the Question Object – a flexible template which provides all the standard question types including:
- multiple choice,
- drag and drop, and
- text input.
However, it also includes special options such as the ability to check lengthy text answers for words and phrases, or to have more than one question on a page, features you’ll struggle to find in software twice the price.
Further details see: Create versatile elearning easily in Opus Pro
But going further Opus Pro uses the Question object to automatically maintain a wide range of key scoring metrics such as:
- score percentage,
- score value,
- number of questions answered,
- total number of questions in the course and more.
It even keeps track of whether the user can possibly meet the pass threshold if they get all the remaining questions correct. This allows trainers to save time for both the learner and themselves by stopping a test as soon as the learner fails to meet the required standard.
To ensure competency in your course without requiring a 100% pass mark, certain questions can be set as critical. This tells Opus Pro that the learner must get the question right or they will fail – irrespective of whether their total score is above the pass threshold.
Topics and Revision
Opus Pro also allows questions can be assigned to different topics allowing trainers to track specific areas or subjects and identify specific areas which might need revision. This can also be used to include and track questions designed to highlight out of date views or additional management information.
All of this power is provided without requiring any scripting or programming and lets serious users get serious material produced quickly.
I highly encourage you to try Opus Pro for Free and please let me know your thoughts!
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