StudyMate™ by Respondus® is a Windows authoring tool that makes it easy to create Flash-based learning activities and games. When creating a StudyMate file, the focus is on the substance of a topic, not the requirements of a particular activity or game. This is a more natural approach for instructors and makes it easier to use content that might already exist in other formats.
Four types of items can be created or imported by StudyMate: No Answer items, One Answer items, Multiple Choice and Calculated items. All four item types can reside in the same StudyMate file.
No Answer: A "No Answer" item consists of a fact, a statement, or a body of text. The following fact would be an example of a No Answer item: Albert Michelson determined the speed of light in 1879. The StudyMate activities that can be generated with No Answer items include: Fact Cards, Fact Cards +
One Answer: A "One Answer" item has a word/phrase that is associated with another word/phrase. A common example is a glossary "term" that has a related "definition." Another example is a fill-in-the-blank "question" in which the "answer" is a specific word or phrase. The StudyMate activities that can be generated using One Answer items include: Flash Cards, Pick a Letter, Matching, Crosswords, Glossary
Multiple Choice: "Multiple Choice" items are questions that have multiple distracters but only one correct answer. The StudyMate activities that can be created with Multiple Choice items include: Quiz, Challenge
Calculated: "Calculated" items, sometimes known as algorithmic items, require students to apply a mathematical formula to answer the question presented. Calculated items are designed for using variables with random values, based on a specified range, that are automatically generated for each variable in the question. The StudyMate activities that can be created with Calculated itemsinclude: Quiz, Challenge
StudyMate exports the activities and games in Macromedia Flash (.swf) format and can publish activities directly to eLearning systems such as Blackboard, WebCT CE, and WebCT Vista (CourseDen).