When you use video to teach, how do you know the viewer actually understood the content? How do you know if your learning video was effective? If you make your learning videos using Camtasia, you can find out.

Techsmith’s Camtasia is a popular screen-capture and video-editing application. In addition to its video-production features, the software gives you the ability to test your viewer’s knowledge of the content, by allowing you to embed quizzes in your video.

But there’s more to Camtasia’s quiz feature than meets the eye. With the right thinking, and a few tweaks, you can turn a standard Camtasia quiz into an engaging, interactive learning experience.

Using Quizzes In Camtasia

To embed a quiz in your video in Camtasia, you:

  1. Select a piece of media or move the playhead to the location on the timeline where you want to place your quiz
  2. Click the Interactivity tab
  3. Choose between adding your quiz to the timeline, or a piece of media
  4. Add your quiz questions, answers, and set other options in the Properties panel

Instructional Interactivity

But the true power of Camtasia’s quiz feature lies in what you can do after your viewer answers a question.

You can send them to another spot in the video, or a completely different website, depending on their answer.

Think about that for a moment.

With that functionality you can build branching video scenarios, where the viewer is taken to different scenes, depending on the choices they make.

You could develop a full-blown “Choose Your Own Adventure” video experience. That kind of “instructional” interactivity is far more effective than a simple quiz.

Camtasia’s interactive features make it one of my top tools for creating outstanding video learning.

Michael Kinney

Michael is an award-winning media creator with 30 years of professional video production experience. He's written, produced, directed, hosted, recorded, and edited a variety of media projects - from TV documentaries to interactive learning.

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