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Creating Next Chapter Button in an E-learning Course Using Storyline

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Creating Next Chapter Button in an E-learning Course Using Storyline

In my blog, Content Chunking for Effective eLearning, I mentioned about screen-level chunking where an eLearning course is divided into modules which are further divided into chapters. These chapters are developed separately and the navigation from chapter to chapter is linked in the Learning Management System (LMS). But, one of our clients came up with a requirement of adding a button to the last slide of a chapter that would help the learner navigate to the next chapter.

Let us see how we met the requirement using Articulate Storyline.

Step 01:

Take the source files of an eLearning course which consists of three chapters. These chapters are unpublished.

Chapters

Step 02:

Before publishing,you have to remember a very important point. In this functionality, you have to start publishing the chapters in the reverse order, i.e., first you have to publish chapter03, because it is the last chapter of the course. We do this because chapter03 need not have the Next Chapter button as the learner does not have to navigate any further from here.

Chapter03

Step 03:

In the last slide of chapter02, create a Next Chapter button.

Chapter02

Step 04:

Using a trigger, link the button to the story.html file present in the published folder of chapter03.

Story file of Chapter03

The trigger would be as shown in the below screenshot.

Next Chapter Trigger

Step 05:

Publish Chapter02.

Step 06:

Copy/ cut all the files (except story.html) from the published folder of chapter03.

Output files of Chapter03

Go to chapter02 published folder, and open story_content. In this, open external_files folder and paste the chapter03 files.

Output files of Chapter02

Step 07:

Similarly, in the last slide of chapter01, create a Next Chapter button, link it with the story.html file present in the published folder of chapter02 and publish chapter01.

Chapter01

Step 08:

Copy/ cut all the files (except story.html) from the published folder of chapter02.

Output files of Chapter03

Go to chapter01 published folder, and open story_content. In this, open external_files folder and paste the chapter02 files.

Output files of Chapter02

Now, open the published file of chapter01 and check the functionality. You have the published files of chapter03 inside the published files of chapter02 and the published files of chapter02 inside the published files of chapter01. So, all the chapters come inside one folder, i.e., in chapter 01.

You can use this method for any number of chapters. You have to keep in mind that you should always begin with the last chapter. Hope this blog is helpful. Do share your views.

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