The Software

Student Builder
Free Download


Example scenarios
Scenario creation
Builder tutorial
Implementation and delivery
Latest happenings

Terry Stewart


Version Changes for the Builder/Player

Note: The CHALLENGE Suite (with the exception of CHALLENGE FRAP) has been discontinued.  This is an archive site which describes CHALLENGE as it was between 2002 and 2004 for historical purposes.  See this link for further information.  The PBL work now continues with this project (Terry Stewart - 23rd June, 2005)

From Challenge 1.0b to 1.0d

The license agreement now appears the first time the user runs Challenge, rather than in the installer as before.

From Challenge 1.0a to 1.0b

Improved Features

(i) Changed the installation routine so the various versions of the CHALLENGE Builder (Full, Student, Demo) will install into different subdirectories as the default.

(ii) Changed program so that hyperlinking to a web URL automatically adds the http:// even if it was left out during input.

Bug Fixes

(iii)  Fixed the hyperlink to local files function. New Windows XP, 2000 security patches had stopped this working when CHALLENGE was used on these operating systems.

From Challenge 1.0 to 1.0a

New Features

A Student version of the CHALLENGE Builder is now available.  This allows students to write their own scenarios.  However, they cannot use this to examine scenarios written with the full builder.  

Bug Fixes

The list design template interfaced was corrected.  If you have used the list design template in previous versions, this will need to be updated.  Find out how to here.

From Dev 15 to Challenge 1.0

Bug Fixes

(i) The program no longer tries to load the Office Installer on entering the Builder when Office is installed on an XP platform.

(ii) Player would crash on closing in Windows XP.  Now fixed

From Dev 14 to Dev 15

Improvements to existing features

(i) Improved the player interface replacing the back and help buttons with nicer graphics. As the interface is determined by the design template, scenarios constructed in earlier versions will need their templates re-applying.  Click here to find out how.

(ii) Added the CHALLENGE logo to the splash page.

Known Issues

There IS a problem with Office XP as there was with Office 2000.  We are working to find a work-around for this microsoft bug.  If the Office installer starts up when you enter the Builder mode, then just click cancel.

From Dev 13 to Dev 14

Bug Fixes

(i) Important Clues now appears in the on-screen debriefing, if "yes" is selected.

(ii) Office 2000 bug. If Office 2000 was installed in the default mode on the machine being installed to, Diagnosis would often boot up the Office installer when the builder was activated. This was because Office 2000 thought an html editor was needed and activated its "Install on Demand" feature. Its a recognised bug in Office 2000 with Windows NT, 2000, ME and 98. Diagnosis now checks for Office 2000 and stops it from doing this. 

(iii) Save session now saves attributes properly

(iv) Other minor bug fixes carried out to improve stability.


2. Improvements to existing features

(i) The multichoice output is much improved. Feedback is far more intuitive

(ii) Important Clues found/not found changed to important clues observed/not observed.

(iii) Tabbing is now available between the edit screens in any one template.

(iv) The $ is no longer hard coded. Currency is taken from the Windows setup.

(v) Sequencing can now be nested (although this is not recommended)

(vi) The log now saves the multichoice options, shows the items collected and the items tested.

(vii) The test and referral templates have been rolled into one (called test).

(viii) New nodes created from the root have the "show on the left" property set automatically. This property is not available as a user setting on deeper nodes.

(ix) Selecting a template is more intuitive. It's easier to see the templates in use and those not in use but available.

(x) The cheesy splash screen is gone.


3. New Features

(i) An Assessment template. This allows a report (or reports) to be submitted part way through the scenario

(ii) An End template. This ends the scenario and saves the student log and debriefing without insisting on a student report.

(iii) The README.TXT file is now available from the builder menu.

(iv) Added the “Open an existing session” to the PLAYER welcome screen.

(v) Added a number of keyboard shortcuts:

Alt+Right activates the next edit screen.
Alt+Left activates the previous edit screen.
Tab inserts 4 spaces (in the editor).
Control+Tab activates the next pane.
Control+Shift+Tab activates the previous pane.
Control+D to insert a new node.
Control+M to move a node up.
Control+Shift+M to move a node down.
Control+Space to toggle between builder and player modes.