It is common for instructional designers to work directly with authoring tools; however, it is slightly different in India. Most often, instructional designers (IDs) prepare the storyboard and the development is handled by developers, who are specialists in authoring tools. That does not mean IDs can be oblivious to and ignorant about authoring tools.
Knowledge of authoring tools is very useful to IDs. Recently, we were trained in Articulate Storyline and I realized that the tools are fairly easy to operate even by novice learners. Having the knowledge of the tool enables us to tailor the content in the Storyboard with the interactivities in mind. With our knowledge of learning design principles, we know how best to integrate these interactivities with the content to ensure effective learning experience for our learners.
What I learnt in the training program is that Articulate Storyline is capable of producing eLearning courses that are iPad compatible. Now, you’d agree that iPad is an amazing device that can deliver rich multimedia and eLearning replete with interactivities. Storyline works well for devices such as iPads because it publishes to HTML5 (an increasingly popular format for delivering content with rich interactivities). Additionally, you can also publish courses into Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player, a native application that optimizes courses for iPads.
Thus, with a single click, courses can be published into multiple formats providing choice to learners to access courses through their iPads, laptops, or desktops. By choosing the right output for publication, the content is significantly optimized so that viewing complex interactivities on iPad is impactful.
The interactivities in Storyline are such that they make it easy for learners to navigate through them when using touch-based devices such as iPads. Some of the interactivities of Storyline that work great on these devices are:
1. Folder Tabs Interaction
2. Process Interaction
3. Horizontal Tabs
4. Sticky Notes Interaction
5. FAQ Interactions
6. Two-Person Scenario Interaction
Most of the interactivities that I have mentioned earlier can be designed and developed easily by those who have some basic knowledge about the tool. However, some interactivities such as the Zoom option require second-level of training. Default zoom function doesn’t work on iPad. This requires separate triggers to be specified. Thankfully, we have a robust developing team in-house which has the ability to customize the zoom function so that it also works on iPads.
I will share more about this in my next blog. Meanwhile, do let me know your views about the interactivities in Storyline and how you have customized them for iPads and other such mobile devices.
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