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Trigger Wizard – The Magic Wand in Articulate Storyline – Part 1

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Trigger Wizard - The Magic Wand in Articulate Storyline - Part 1

You must have seen many magicians use a wand while performing their tricks. It seems to be the source of their magic. It makes us feel they can do anything and everything with that wand. So, we call it a magic wand. Similarly, Articulate Storyline provides us with a magic wand.

Usually, eLearning developers are asked to create highly interactive eLearning courses, but are given very short deadlines. We all know that creating different interactivities involves writing lengthy action scripts and it takes a lot of time. But Articulate Storyline’s magic wand makes it very easy to create different interactivities without even the basic knowledge of action scripting. All you need to have is the knowledge of this simple magic wand, and you are all set to create highly interactive courses.

Wondering what that magic wand is?

The magic wand of Articulate Storyline is the Trigger Wizard. This wizard helps us create triggers or actions with its built-in options, minimizing the development time of different interactivities without writing even a single line of action script. It makes a Herculean task so easy, just like the magician lifts a heavy elephant into the air easily with his magic wand.

In this blog, we will explore the options of the trigger wizard.

Trigger Wizard

The screenshot above displays how a basic trigger wizard looks. It consists of drop-down menus which help in creatinga trigger. These drop-down menus change, depending upon the selectionyou make in certain menus. The only two drop-down menus that would not change are Action and When.

Trigger Wizard - 2

Let us understand these drop-down menus.

Action

In this drop-down menu, you have 21 Actions to choose from. In Storyline 2, with its new features, you have 26 Actions to choose from. These actions are divided into 6 categories: Common, Media, Interaction, Course, More and Quiz. As I mentioned earlier, depending upon the action you choose, the other drop-down menus change. For example, if you select the “Show layer”,the next menu displays the list of layers you have on the slide and asks you to choose the layer that you want to display. If you choose “Adjust variable”,the next menu displays the list of variables you have in the course and asks you to choose the variable you want to adjust. But, if you choose “Restart course” or “Exit course”,the next menu directly asks you when to restart/exit the course.

With self-explanatory actions, the drop-down menu appears as shown in the below screenshot.

Action Drop down Menu

When

The next important drop-down menu is When. From this menu, you have to select the event when the action has to be performed. Again, based on the event, you choose the next drop-down menu change. For example, if you choose “User clicks”,the next menudisplays the list of all the objects and player buttons you have on the slide and asks you to choose the object that you want the learner to click. If you choose “Media completes”,the next menudisplays the list of media you have on the slide and asks you to choose the media on whose completion you want the action to be executed.

When Drop down Menu

This is how the trigger wizard helps you create a trigger. You can create any interactivity with the help of this wizard. But there is more to it – Conditioning.

To know more about conditioning while creating triggers, stay tuned to my blogs.

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