Checkpoints in Courses


Checkpoints are an interactive feature encountered by attendees of your online events. By adding checkpoints to your on-demand offerings, you have the ability to gauge a participant’s attention to the program. This feature is particularly useful during programs that provide continuing education credit. Checkpoints are displayed as popups in the attendee interface at designated times.

The checkpoint controls featured in this documentation highlight two different types of checkpoints: timed and quizzing. Timed checkpoints require attendees to click a button when the popup appears on their screen. Quizzing checkpoints require attendees to interact with the popup, and provide an answer to a multiple choice or true/false question. You may also provide feedback to the attendee depending on the answer given.

Please note: Checkpoints are a plugin, and may not be available on your Freestone™ Client Administration portal. Please discuss adding checkpoints to your user account with your Peach New Media Account Director.

Adding Checkpoints

To access the checkpoint feature in your Freestone Client Administration portal:

  1. Open the Courses page from the top navigation of your portal.

  1. Select the seminar for which checkpoints will be utilized. You may:
    1. Find the seminar using the My Seminars pane.

  1. Create a new seminar by clicking the Create New Seminar link in the Quick Links pane.

  1. To access the checkpoints feature, select Content from the Menu pane.

  1. In the Seminar Editor pane, you’ll notice Chapter 1 is ready for editing. You can upload content, enter speaker information, and then place checkpoints within the program.

  1. Click the gray add button under Checkpoints to open the Edit Checkpoints window.

  1. Randomize Questions may be selected if you’d like the questions that appear at scheduled checkpoints to be random, as assigned by Freestone™.
  2. Add new checkpoint… allows you to begin scheduling specific checkpoints. Click the gray add button to begin creating the checkpoint. Both timed and quizzing checkpoints use this editor.

  1. Enter a time, in seconds in the Checkpoint at field. If you were to input 120, a checkpoint would appear 2 minutes into the program. Ensure all checkpoints times are at least 10 seconds apart. Please note: times are marked in seconds from the beginning of the program. You may delete checkpoints by clicking the gray x next to seconds. 
  2. If you elect to use quizzing checkpoints, click the gray add button next to Add checkpoint question… Any checkpoints without a question will be treated as a standard, timed checkpoint.

  1. Enter the question that will appear for attendees into the Question field.
  2. Begin adding answers to the question by clicking the gray add button next to Add answer… You may choose any number of responses, but consider the attendee perspective when using multiple responses.
  3. Enter the answers to the question in the Answer column. For multiple choice questions, these will appear in a selectable list for attendees in the checkpoint popup.
  4. Enter feedback, if desired, into the Feedback column. This will be displayed when the attendee responds to the checkpoint by selecting an answer.
  5. Mark the correct answer from your Answer column by clicking the checkbox in the Correct column. You may have multiple answers selected in the Correct column.
  6. To delete an answer from your list, click the gray button on the far right.

  1. Continue to add checkpoints to the program by clicking the gray add button next to Add new checkpoint Follow the process outlined here.
  2. When you have finished entering checkpoints, click save at the bottom of the Edit Checkpoints window.


Attendee Interaction with Checkpoints

Checkpoints appear as popups on attendee screens through the program’s interface. As popups appear at their scheduled times, attendees will either check that they’re watching the program, or answer the question provided in the checkpoint. Every attendee must ensure their browser’s popup blocker is disabled in order to view the checkpoints throughout the program.

Upon correct response to the checkpoint, program interfaces with the option for attendees to view credit will show a “hit” checkpoint. During on-demand programs, any incorrectly answered checkpoints will hinder credit submission. This will show as a “missed” checkpoint in reports.

Quick Tips

  • Every checkpoint is timed in seconds
  • Checkpoints are a popup, so attendees must have their popup blocker disabled
  • Checkpoints must have a scheduling gap of 10 seconds or longer
  • Added checkpoints without questions will show as standard, timed checkpoints
  • When a learner views an on-demand program with checkpoints, each checkpoint must be correctly answered to allow credit submission
  • Multiple responses may be included in quizzing checkpoints
  • More than one response in quizzing checkpoints may be marked as correct