By Chris Dillon. Version 3, 11 September, 2013. Latest version at: www.quickanddirty.org.uk
At present this guide only covers the creation of JCloze gap-fill exercises. JMatch (where one has to match items in two columns) works in a similar way. JQuizz creates multiple choice quizzes. JCross is a crossword-creater. The Masher brings Hot Potatoe exercises together.
1. Opening JCloze
On WTS go to Start | Programs | Software E-L | Hot Potatoes | JCloze.
- Give your gap fill exercise a title.
- Type or copy in the exercise including the correct answers for the gaps.
- Click the Save icon to save your exercise. (It saves with a.jcl extension.) Do not use uppercase letters, special characters or spaces in your file name.
- Make a note of where you have saved the file.
2. Creating gaps
- Highlight the character(s) you want to want to be the gap and click Gap.
- You can suggest a clue, if you like and upto three alternatives for the gap.
- Repeat for all the gaps in your text.
3. Creating a file to upload
Once you have finished all your gaps, go to File | Create Web page | Web page for v6 browsers or press F6. That creates a version of the exercise with an .htm file extension. The What do you want to do? dialogue box appears. You can either preview the exercise or choose Nothing.
4. Uploading a file
This file can be uploaded to a website, the UCL Wiki or Moodle.
First you need to attach the .htm file to the page in the wiki:
- Login to the wiki.
- Navigate to the page where you want the exercise.
- Click + Add top right.
- Click Attachment.
- Click Choose file, navigate to the directory where you saved the .htm file and select it.
Then you need to put a link to the attached .htm file:
- Click Edit to edit the page.
- Click the Wiki Markup tab.
- If the .htm is called simple-past.htm, your link will be:
- [Simple Past|^simple-past.htm]
- Click Save.
- In Moodle, go to your course and click Turn editing on.
- Go to the section of your course where you want to upload your exercise.
- Click Add an activity and then Hot Potatoes Quiz.
- Click Choose or upload a file, click a folder if necessary and then Upload a file in the window that appears.
- Click Browse and select the .htm version of your exercise which you created in 3.
- Click Open and then Upload this file.
- You should now see a list of your Moodle files.
- Click Choose to the right of your exercise.
Fill out any other settings for your exercise, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save and return to course.