Ask the Articulate Trainer [Part three: Articulate Storyline]

Helen Tyson | 02/01/2018

If you missed parts one and two of our ‘Ask the Articulate Trainer’ series, you can find them here. Today’s blog answers more questions on Articulate Storyline.

Q: I have created a home screen in Articulate Storyline which contains buttons to launch each scene of my module. I want to mark the buttons as visited once a user completes a scene or reaches a specific slide. How can I achieve this? 

A:  You can use variables to mark learners progress and use them to control your menu slide. To do this follow the below steps:

  1. Create a True/False variable for each section of your course, with a default value of False
  2. At the end of each section use a trigger to adjust the relevant variable assigning it a value of True
  3. On the menu slide create a new state for each button named “Completed”
  4. Use triggers to change each button to “Completed” when the timeline starts IF the relevant variable is true.

Q: In Storyline, we’d like to make use of the function keys. For example, a learner enters something into a text entry, and if it's correct, they can press F4, for example, and move to the next slide.

function.pngA: To set a “Submit key” on a fill-in-the-blank or text entry question, place your cursor in the Submit Key field in Form View and press the required key.

You should be aware that some keys have shortcut functions either in Storyline, or in browser windows, so may not be accepted in this field. In this case try editing the Submit Interaction trigger by changing “When user clicks” to “When user presses a key.”
 

Q: Can I import other slides with triggers etc. from 360 into Storyline, or is it just quiz interactions? 

A: You can import content directly into Storyline from:

  • PowerPoint
  • Engage
  • Quizmaker
  • Question from excel or text files
  • Other Storyline files or templates (including the Content Library in 360)

Slides from Storyline files, templates or Content Library will include all the elements on the slide including slide masters, on slide objects, states, layers, triggers, animations & variables.

In addition, content created in Peek or Replay can be published, downloaded and inserted into Storyline as a video object on a slide.
 

Q: What are some good ways to gain more experience of using Javascript in Articulate Storyline for those who have a basic understanding of it?

A: Articulate don’t provide coding support for JavaScript, but they do publish best practice guidelines for using JavaScript in Storyline.

In addition, there have been E-Learning Heroes Weekly Challenges around the use of JavaScript that contains all sorts of useful and creative examples, which may help.

Q: Is it better to create the quiz in Articulate 'by hand' in Storyline or use Articulate Quizmaker? Why? What are some pearls here?

Quizmaker does not seem to have all the possible bells and whistles one might want (for example, feedback on error 1 different from error feedback 2).

A: Quizmaker is part of the Studio suite that is designed to plug into your PowerPoint created courses. Quizmaker has all the same question types as Storyline, and the same scoring and feedback options for individual questions. The areas where Quizmaker varies are in the creation of question banks and collating results from multiple individual quizzes in the same course:

  • Quizmaker allows randomisation within groups inside individual quizzes but any mandatory questions will always be in fixed positions within the quiz. Storyline question banks allow a mandatory question to still be included in a random order.
  • When it comes to reporting results, Storyline can have multiple result slides, so you are able to combine multiple quizzes into one overall score. With Quizmaker you can only choose one quiz to report.

However, both Quizmaker and Storyline allow for the import of questions from excel or text files, which can greatly speed up question development in both tools.

Q: We launch yearly compliance training using Quizmaker in Storyline, however, we often have users who attempt the test several times, but it does not track them as 'complete'.

They press 'Finish' and 'Exit' and close the module properly. Is this something I can improve my end when loading the SCORM file to our LMS? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

A: Firstly, your quiz will only report a “Complete” mark if the user actually passes the quiz, not just finishes it.

Then, if you are sure the users are definitely passing the quiz and it is still not reporting correctly you should check your LMS reporting status in the publish settings:Mark as complete.png

There are four options available:

  1. Passed/Incomplete
  2. Passed/Failed
  3. Complete/Incomplete
  4. Complete/Failed

Some learning management systems will accept several of these, so for a quiz you could use “Passed/Failed”. However, some require a specific setting in here no matter how the course it tracked. Check with your LMS provider to find out which category yours falls into.


I hope you found this blog useful, but if you do have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Helen Tyson

Helen Tyson is a Lead Trainer and Consultant at Omniplex.

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