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Whiteboards: Multimedia and Web Site

Any of the basic question types, other than Notices, can include a whiteboard. A whiteboard is an image, video, or website that pops up on the screen when the participant clicks the reply button. Everything else on the board is grayed out, allowing the user to focus on the whiteboard while they answer the question.

There are two types of whiteboards: Multimedia and Website.

When a participant comes across the question in their discussion, it will look like the below image.. A participant can click either the red "You have not replied" button or the blue "Whiteboard Question" button to see the attached stimulus.

After clicking one of those two buttons, the video or image will appear on their screen, graying out the discussion behind it. Directly beneath the stimulus is a space for them to answer the question as they view it.

Programming a Multimedia Whiteboard

There are three main reasons to embed your stimuli as a whiteboard:

1. You only want the participant to focus on image or video at a time.

2. You want the participant to be able to reply while watching the video or viewing the image.

3. You do not have excessively small text. Whiteboard images are automatically re sized to a maximum of 600 (height) by 800 (width) to accommodate the lowest resolution monitors on the market.

If the above points don't describe your operation, scroll down to see the second method.

First, create your question in its entirety. You can use any question type except Notice.

After your question has been created, written, and you've clicked submit, click the "Add Whiteboard" button on the bottom right.

A portion of the question box will expand downward, revealing two buttons: "Add Multimedia Whiteboard" and "Add Website Whiteboard"

Click "Add Multimedia Whiteboard" to select your file.

A window will appear with two tabs at the top: "Project Files" and "Upload New File"

The "Project Files" tab lists all videos or images that have already been uploaded to the board by you or other moderators. To upload a new file, click the tab labeled "Upload New File."

Click the button labeled "Select File," and you will be prompted to navigate your computer towards the file.

Once you have selected the file and clicked "Open" in the dialog box, the file will begin uploading. Once it is done, you will be taken to the "Project Files" tab.

Click the thumbnail of the file you just uploaded in the list of "Project Files," and it will be added to the question.

After selecting the file, click "Save Whiteboard," and the question will be updated.

The file will now be listed on the left of the question and the "Add Whiteboard" button will have changed to a "Remove Whiteboard" button.

Programming a Website Whiteboard

You will want to use this method of sharing an external website for the following reasons:

1. You want the participants to navigate through a site and leave feedback while doing so.

2. You have a Google Doc or another externally hosted document that you want to share.

First, create your question in its entirety. You can use any question type except notice.

After your question has been created, written, and you've clicked submit, click the "Add Whiteboard" button on the bottom right.

Click the "Add Website Whiteboard" button.

Enter the URL that you would like your participants to view. When you click the "Add Web Site Whiteboard" button, a field will appear with "http://" already in it. Make sure to enter the complete url AND add an S to the http, so it instead reads "https." You will want to add that S, since it means that the website is secure. Most browsers don't have a problem, but Internet Explorer will recognize that you are on a secured website (QualBoard) and that it's trying to load data from a non-secured website (if you don't add the S to your whiteboard URL). It will give you a warning message. To avoid that warning message, just make sure to add the S.

This is what it will look like when your participant clicks "reply." Make sure to test these before the section goes live - you wouldn't want your participants to go to the wrong web page.

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