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Embedding Handouts into ANGEL Exams: PDF documents or Images


Faculty wishing to offer handouts in conjunction with exams in the Testing Center, have two options:

  • Provide on-site proctors to distribute and collect paper handouts
  • Embed the handout into the ANGEL exam

ANGEL Assessments can include images or pdf documents. The best source of information and assistance about how to use an image is ANGEL Support.Opens in new window However, we provide the following additional recommendations.

Embedding your PDF handout within an ANGEL Assessment

Here are some helpful tips for embedding a formula sheet into an exam. If you have not already done so, please be sure that you have converted your document into a pdf. This is the file type you will need to link to in order for the formula sheet to be successfully displayed at the Testing Center.

If you wish, you can add the link to a Question Set (to have it available to the whole set of questions) or you can add the link to each question individually (for any questions where students might need the use of the formula sheet). If you are adding the link to the Question Set, you will use the "Configure" link to add the link to the set or, if you are adding it to individual questions, you will click on the question link itself.

  1. Using a "True False" question as an example, Click on the "True or False" question link itself.
  2. In the "Question Text" text box, click on the "HTML Editor" link at the bottom of the text box.
  3. After you enter the question, enter the text for the link you wish to create (e.g., Formula Sheet). You may want to add extra lines between the question and the link to make it easier to read.
  4. Once the wording has been added, click and drag across the word/words to highlight it.
  5. Click on the "Insert Content Link" icon in the HTML tool bar (the icon that looks like a folder with a chain link).
  6. The "Content Links" pop up appears, click on the "Browse" button to browse your computer for the pdf you wish to upload.
  7. Double click the file and then press the "Upload File" button to upload it into ANGEL.
  8. The newly uploaded file will appear in the "Path: " text box, simply click on the link for the pdf to select it (not the check box, but the actual link itself).
  9. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the Question Editor (in this example, it would be the "True or False Question Editor" window).
  10. The ANGEL Assessment editor will now show that the link was created.
  11. Very important, now that the link has been created, you need to have it open in a pop-up window. Still within the HTML Editor window, highlight the link once more & click on the "Insert/Edit web link" icon.
  12. In the "Link" pop up window, select the "Target" tab.
  13. In the "Target" drop down menu, select and then add 800 in the "Width" text box (this seems to be a good width size for a pop up window).
  14. Click the "OK" button to close the "Link" pop up window.
  15. Click the "Save" button to save the question.
  16. Now, click the "Preview" button to preview the exam question & test the link to make sure that it works properly.

Creating an Image

Create your image in a supported file format such as .gif, .jpg, or .png. You may want to consider creating a scanned image of a paper handout or creating a screenshot of the handout and using a program to crop the image.

Image Format

Portions of a handout can be embedded as an image within an ANGEL Assessment question or a question set. Questions and question sets both have an HTML editor available to embed images. In some cases, the HTML Editor toolbar is not displayed by default. Click on the "HTML Editor" link at the bottom of the text box to make it appear. Please refer to the IT Knowledge Base article, HTML Editor: Insert an ImageOpens in new window or this screencast demonstration.Opens in new window

Image Size

The width of your image is particularly important for tests administered using the secure browser in the Testing Center. The browser windows cannot be resized or adjusted by users. To avoid problems with image displays:

  1. Avoid using large or wide images. ANGEL Support recommends restricting the width of your image to less than 800 pixels.
  2. Insert a line break (Enter/Return key) between the image and the question text to avoid placing text side-by-side with an image. While this format may appear to display correctly in the ANGEL Assessment question editor, it does not display properly when using the secure browser in the Testing Center.
  3. Use images located on a secure browser (https). The easiest way to accomplish this is to only use images stored in ANGEL. When your images are stored outside of ANGEL on an unsecure server, a pop-up window appears asking students whether to allow only secure content in the exam. Students are already under exam-related stress and being asked about secure images adds to their stress. If they select the wrong option for the pop-up question, the browser will prevent your unsecured images from coming through to the exam.

ANGEL course file space is limited to 1.5 GB, so you will want to monitor the size and number of images in your course file space. Exceeding the limit causes problems during the course archiving process.



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