One of the powerful authoring tools that has emerged in 2013 that has helped in creating effective eLearning rapidly within budget is Articulate Storyline. You can do some amazing things for your eLearning course, with this tool. Here we will explore some of the ways you can use this tool to produce out-of-the-box eLearning content.
Use customized presentation patterns
Articulate Storyline helps you to convert PowerPoint presentations into interactive eLearning courses using in-built templates. It also provides several learning interactivities to teach and assess learners.
Interactive learning components can be effortlessly incorporated into the screens. These can be intelligently weaved into the course based on learning design principles. The table below lists down the interactivities available in Storyline that can be customized and used in courses to teach and assess learners.
Create courses compatible with the iPad
Increasingly, organizations want to make their eLearning courses compatible with mobile devices such as iPads. By providing this option, learners are motivated to take courses at their convenience – not necessarily at the workplace. In this context, Articulate Storyline is useful as it is capable of publishing courses in multiple formats, Flash, HTML5 and iOS format from a single source file.
Include game elements in courses
Game-based elements help motivate learners. In his book titled “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction”, Karl Kapp argues that gamification involves creating a situation where a player engages in a challenge and uses interactivity and dynamic feedback to make decisions and work towards a specific outcome (Kapp, 2012).
Articulate Storyline has options to create games and make eLearning courses more engaging. It provides powerful tools such as ‘triggers, variables and layers’ to enable creation of games easily.
Here is a screenshot of a game-based quiz that has been created by using Articulate Storyline.
Translation of courses
You can translate your courses into the native language of your employees or target learners. This tool allows you to easily translate the course into any language. With Storyline it is easy to export your English course content into MS-word or XML format for translation. All content can be translated and it can be quickly imported back into the Storyline.
Simulations in online training help learners to know about a new process, and they help learners to experiment real-life situations in a virtual environment. Learners here are made to perform an action in a simulated setting in order to get a perfect outcome. This will help them understand how to work on a software or perform a process in a simulated environment.
Articulate Storyline’s powerful feature is screen recording, which allows you to quickly and easily capture the screens. With storyline you can capture your classroom training once and edit it over and over again without actually re-recording the training. Capture your screen and add captions, characters, and zoom and panning effects to the screen.
Make interactive videos
Videos can be used in product training to demonstrate the working of a product and its features. They are particularly helpful in content-heavy courses such as process, procedure or HR trainings. Using Storyline, you can make the videos more interactive – add controllers, add graded or non-graded questions over the video, etc.
Articulate Storyline for storytelling
Articulate Storyline has features that allow greater flexibility in the presentation of content, sequence of screens and for learner interactivity. It has many different interactivity features to form engaging content including scenarios. Now we can quickly add scenarios to our courses. Storyline has many scenario packs, which are in-built with different options and choices. It also includes character packs, with images of people with translucent backgrounds and each character has 10 poses. Now we can quickly change our triggers to control the poses of the characters.
For example, when you are designing a safety training course for a workman, insert images of a workman in different poses throughout the course. Give the workman a name and put him/her in different work-related threats that the learners are likely to face.
Here are some sample screenshots from Articulate Storyline.
Thanks to the tool, you can make interactive videos, develop interesting presentation patterns, create courses compatible with iPad, introduce Gamification of courses and translate your courses to any language. These are some of the possibilities of using Articulate Storyline.