Organizations today expect number of eLearning projects in a short span of time as against one or two courses, which were developed though out a single year previously. The shelf-life of each course is very less and the development time has got reduced to just weeks. Organizations additionally require that these courses be deployed on multiple devices like iPads, PCs and other similar gadgets.
Also, the need for translation of courses in English into multiple international languages is growing by the day and reaching its peak. All these needs to be done for a low cost and with minimum effort. This is a stringent requirement that has come up as far as eLearning stakeholders and users are concerned.
In this context, when instructional designers or developers are loaded with the development task of multiple courses, which authoring tool can come to their rescue? Going by our own experience, I can straightaway say that Articulate Storyline is the right tool to meet all these requirements. Now let’s see in detail how the above-mentioned requirements can be met with this tool.
What makes this tool faster?
Articulate Storyline provides options to quickly convert PowerPoint presentations into interactive eLearning courses. Developers do not need scripting, coding or programming knowledge to embed interactive learning components into the course. All they have to do is use the inbuilt templates, characters and elements to create interactivities, animations or simulations and develop an engaging eLearning course.
This empowers instructional designers and learning professionals to create complex interactivities, assessments, games and learning activities without being dependent on computer programmers. One is limited only by one’s imagination and creativity!
Multiple publishing options for mobile delivery
With Articulate Storyline, you can publish your course content to HTML5, Flash and iOS from a single source. iPad users can enjoy the benefit of off-line access to the course with Articulate mobile player app.
With these publishing options, learners can access their courses whenever and from wherever they are through their mobile devices.
Storyline allows you to translate a course easily into any language. Languages such as Arabic and Hebrew require right to left alignment and it is very difficult for a developer to translate a course into these languages using some of the older authoring tools.
With Storyline, you can export the course content in a MS Word or XML format for translation. All content, that is, on-screen text, audio, text (which is in the Notes Pane) get easily exported as a single file. Once translations are done and audio recording of the translations are received, they can be quickly imported into Articulate Storyline.
Apart from the features mentioned here, this tool has many other features which make eLearning development faster and quicker. To explore more about this tool, read the following posts and you will see how productively you can use the Articulate Storyline tool in developing effective courses balancing both timelines and budgets.
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Final quiz is the last part for an e-learning course and a good learning strategy. Learners should attempt the quiz in order to complete the training program successfully. And, feedback should be given for individual questions in the quiz to reinforce learning.
Consider a scenario in which the options for the question and feedback for the options have heavy content and learner cannot see the question and selected choices while viewing the feedback. As we cannot chunk the content of the options and feedback, we should make the pop-up ‘dragable’ so that learners can drag it aside and read it.
Articulate Storyline comes with a rich media player which can be used to run audio and videos, very effectively. However, player controls such as audio volume, play/pause, progress bar and replay ‘pertain’ to the entire slide. For instance, when you click replay, the whole slide will be played again.
Articulate Storyline can be used to perform a wide variety of calculations. In this blog, I will explain how to compute cumulative average (a weighted average based on the points obtained in all the units in a course) using this rapid authoring tool.
Adding videos to e-learning courses helps learners retain information better. Articulate Storyline provides 3 options to insert videos into e-learning courses, by default. In this post, I will explain how we met a client requirement pertaining to insertion of videos.
A client asked us for a requirement that their courses should have only online videos and the entire course should be developed using Articulate Storyline. We can meet this requirement using the Video from Website option of Storyline.
Articulate Storyline is a wonderful authoring tool to develop interactive and engaging e-learning courses. According to a survey conducted by the E-learning Guild in 2013, Storyline is the preferred choice of most e-learning developers. However, this powerful tool has some limitations.
Recently, we met an interesting requirement from one of our clients. The client wanted to develop a course having 3 modules. The learner needed to answer a quiz at the end of each module. The client wanted to display the score for each of the modules as well as the average of the 3 scores. We can meet this requirement easily using variables and triggers. But, the client wanted to display them in a separate window, ‘outside’ the Articulate Storyline environment (without the tool’s GUI) and print them.
Articulate Storyline is a rapid authoring tool which can be used to create courses on variety of topics – from food safety to financial accounting. Storyline is simple to use, and it easy to perform complex calculations using triggers.
Recently, we were asked to create a course on accounting which explained how to calculate the monthly savings of an employee. Let us see how we used Storyline to compute the savings.
Progress bars in e-learning courses are used to show the learner how much of the course he has completed.. Articulate Storyline, by default, doesn’t have an option to add progress bars. However, we have progress bars for individual slides. We can add a progress bar for an entire course in Articulate Storyline either by placing objects within the GUI (which consumes more time) or developing a HTML progress bar and inserting it as a Web Object into the course.
Given below are the steps to add a customized progress bar in quick time to your online courses.
Last evening, I had to cook dinner for my guests. I had some of the ingredients in the fridge, some in the shelf, some were in the bag that I just bought from the market, and the vessels were in different sections of the vessel rack. While cooking the first dish, I started running around for ingredients every time I needed one. I thought I will not be able to complete cooking before my guests arrived. Before cooking the second dish, I gathered all the necessary ingredients at one place. After completing, I noticed that the process for cooking the second dish went quite smooth and took less time than the first.
According to a survey conducted by E-Learning Guild in the year 2013, Articulate Storyline is the most frequently used authoring tool. It’s because Articulate Storyline is very easy to use and comes with many in-built interactivities.
Articulate Storyline has a wide range of features such as triggers, motion paths, eyedropper tool, animation painter etc. Its default features help online course developers create a course in quick time. It enables you to design a customized GUI (Graphic User Interface), in order to make the job of GUI designers easy.