ClassQue supports five types of queries:
Queries are typically stored in a query file that contains one or more queries. These files have a special format and are created with the ClassQue Query Creator utility, which prived an intuitive GUI for query creation. Queries in a file can also be grouped into collections called surveys.
You must have Java installed on your machine to run the ClassQue Query Creator program.
To learn about installing Java on your machine, look here.
If you are using windows, you can run the program by clicking on
the classquequerycreator.jar file on your desktop or for an
On a Linux machine, make sure the classquequerycreator.jar file
is executable, right click on it and choose the appropiate version of Java
to run it. Alternatively,
from a terminal window, execute:
java -jar path-to-file/classquequerycreator.jar
Figure 1 shows the initial ClassQue Query Creator menu. There will also be a second window labeled Classroom Query Preview which we will discuss later.
Each query has a type, a name and a prompt.
The name is used to help you remember which query you are looking at.
The prompt is the actual question.
The Delete button on the left of each choice will delete that choice.
Be careful, there is no undelete option. The up and down arrows on the right
of ieach choice item allow you to move choices up and down.
Figure 4 shows the Classroom Query Preview window corresponding to Figure 3.
This window shows a preview of what the student will see when this query is sent.
You can load a file into the query creator by using the Load item from the File menu. This works in a similar way and brings up a load file dialog, allowing you to choose the name of the file previously created using the query creator. Note: Loading files appends queries to the currently loaded queries. This implies that if you load this file after saving it, you will have two copies of the queries in the query creator. Use the Actions -> Delete All menu items before loading a new file if you want to replace the queries currently in the query creator.
The Save as Text menu item from the File menu will save the queries in a file that can easily be read. This format, however, cannot be used by ClassQue and the ClassQue Query Creator cannot read files that were produced in this way. It is useful for printing out queries or for using a spell checker.
By default, the text you type in a prompt or choice field is treated as standard text. Entries of tabs or returns and multiple blanks are ignored and all text appears on one line. You should always look at the ClassQue Query Preview to see what the students will see.
There are two ways to use formatted text. Use the Actions -> Formatted Entry menu item. Now you can enter carriage returns and multiple blanks. This is useful for simple formatted text.
You can get more control of what the prompts and choices look like by entering HTML code directly. Change back to to the normal entry mode using Actions -> Entry as Source. How if one of the entry fields (for the prompt or a choice) starts with an HTML tag: <html> the following text will be displayed as HTML. You can easily add or remove the beginning HTML tag by using the HTML button that appears above the field. Other buttons make it easier to enter HTML. The tt, pre and Color buttons insert pairs of tags. If pushed when no text is selected, start and end tags are inserted at the current position and the cursor is moved between the two tags, so that text entered will have the selected format. If pushed when text is selected, the selected text will be surrounded with the appropriate tags. The Color button brings up a menu of standard colors. The easiest way to enter a non-standard color is to use a standard color and then directly edit the generated HTML.
You should not switch back and forth between the two text entry types: formatted
The formatted entry type is only for simple formatted entry and does not
support most of the HTML tags.
Switching form source to formatted might remove some of the tags.
You can select a group of queries by selecting one and then shift-clicking on another. The selected all of the queries between these two. Four buttons across the top of the window allow you perform actions on the selected queries. You can use the Down and Up buttons to move the selected queries. The Duplicate button duplicates the selected queries and the delete button deletes the selected queries. Be careful, there is no undelete operation. The Duplicate and Delete buttons show which queries will be acted upon. If only one query is selected, they show the query number (the order the query appears in the list). If more than one is selected, they show a range of query numbers.
A survey has a name and a collection of queries. You create a survey using the ClassQue Query Creator by making a query of type Survey Start. This type of query does not correspond to a question. It does not have a prompt, but does have a name. All queries after this one and until a Survey End query (or the end of the list) will be in the survey. A Survey End query is also created by selecting it in the Choice combo box. A Survey End query is just a place holder and has neither a prompt or a name.
You can easily move queries in and out of a survey by creating a Start Survey query and using the ClassQue All Queries window to move queries in or out of the survey. In the ClassQue All Queries window, queries that are in a survey are shown surrounded by a box with a border containing the name of the survey.
Annotations are not seen by the students during the class. Can be use used to insert notes or grading information for the reporting programs. Contens of the annotation area are simple text (not HTML). Use the Return key on your keyboard to start a new line. You are not allowed to use tabs or back quote characters in an annotation field.