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Hot Potatoes is a cross-platform piece of software, which is free to download for educational use, and was recommended to me by a number of colleagues when I was looking for quizzing tips. It's an easy to use and quite powerful tool for creating a number of different types of quiz, including a series of questions, matching pairs, crosswords and missing words.
Once a quiz is created, an HTML file is generated. Completing the quiz is intuitive for the respondents, and they get an evaluation of their results.
It really is a great piece of software, creating professional quizzes quickly and easily.
See here for an example of a pair-matching quiz.
ZohoChallenge is one of several web-based quiz-making services out there, in which users can create account and make professional-looking quizzes. It beats some of its competition with its versatile WYSIWYG editor for question creation, and its good results evaluation.
It can be useful beyond Hot Potatoes when you want something that's more easily embeddable onto a webpage, or statistics on logged answers, although your choice of quiz-types is more limited. Another limitation the free version is restricted to 100 respondents per month per account.
As well as screencasting, I've used Camtasia for inserting short tests into presentations. If you want to test your users of their knowledge during a presentation, then questions can be inserted into the normal presentation, pausing while your users go through the questions. This means respondents can be slickly led through a screencast or video which tests their knowledge of, and gets them thinking about, what they've just been watching. There are downsides - some of the options are quite limited, and webspace will need to be found to place the Flash files created to run the quizzes - but it's a good way of creating interactivity to presentations.
So that's just what I've been playing with, but there's plenty more stuff out there. This includes Google Forms, and the grading plug-in Flubaroo, which I discovered just as I'd finished this blog post and I'll write a separate one about later... And of course there's plenty on the market that can do all the above and more, including such packages as Articulate Quiz Maker and Adobe Captivate. I'm also liking the look of Articulate's new package Storyline, and plan on downloading the 30 day free trial over the next few days to have a fiddle. So expect another blog post about my fumblings with that very soon.
(Edit - and, as has been pointed out in the comments, MOLE, the University's VLE, has some great quizzing functionality. I should have pointed out that these solutions were for people who for various reasons did not want to, or could not, use the VLE for their purposes).