Before e-learning authoring tools came into existence, e-learning development was not an easy task. E-learning professionals had to design different styles of Players for different courses, possess programming knowledge to create interactivities and quizzes, create a library of templates, and perform many such tasks. With these, e-learning development was a challenging, time-taking and tedious. But the advent of e-learning rapid authoring tools has made the life of e-learning professionals quite easy.
Articulate Storyline is one of the most preferred e-learning rapid authoring tools used by many e-learning professionals around the world. Wondering why it is so popular? What makes it so preferred? Read on.
Built-in Customizable Player
Articulate Storyline comes with a built-in Player which has navigational controls, seek bar, menu, and place for glossary and resources. You can customize this player with the colors of your choice. You can even hide all the built-in controls, in case you plan to build a Player on your own. Also, it is quite easy for anyone to customize the Player using Player properties to make it look exactly the way they want it to. You can access the Player properties by clicking the Home tab on the ribbon and then selecting Player.
Here are a few screenshots showing the different types of players.
Articulate Storyline also brings built-in templates for you. These ready-made slide layout templates make work super easy for developers. You can either take advantage of the templates right away or you can save any of your project templates to reuse them later. You can access the built-in templates of Articulate Storyline by clicking the Insert tab on the ribbon and then selecting New Slide.
The first tab in the wizard that appears is the Templates tab. You can choose any character display template from the available templates; you can even select different interactivity templates from the drop-down list at the top. These are fully functional, so you need not bother about the functionality and only replace the component needed.
Built-in Quiz templates
In the process of learning or teaching, you’ll need to have some quizzes and knowledge checks to reinforce, assess, or evaluate learners’ comprehension of the learning. Articulate Storyline makes it very easy for you to do so by providing built-in quiz templates. These are flexible enough to make your quizzes as simple or advanced as you like. You can access these built-in quiz templates of Articulate Storyline by clicking the Insert tab on the ribbon and then selecting New Slide.
The third tab in the wizard that appears is the Quizzing tab. You can choose the quiz template you need – from simple true/false to complex drag-and-drop or dropdown. You can even choose from different categories such as Graded quiz, Survey quiz, Freeform quiz, or Question Bank. You can also add a Result slide at the end of the quiz which also is completely automated.
Freedom to Customize
Customizing of any component of a tool usually involves high level programming or at least, tweaking the existing code. But with Articulate Storyline, you need not know even the basics of programming when you want to customize any particular component of the tool. With its built-in triggers and variables wizards, Articulate Storyline helps developers customize almost any component in the tool – you can design your own functional player, customize the quizzes or interactivities according to your requirements or build them on your own. You can access the trigger wizard of Articulate Storyline by clicking the Create a new trigger button in the Triggers pane.
You can access the variables wizard by clicking the Manage project variables button in the same Triggers pane.
Articulate Storyline, with its simple PowerPoint-like interface, ease of use, and the above mentioned amazing built-in features makes the life of e-learning developers so easy that it has become one of the most preferred e-learning rapid authoring tools around the world. Hope you find this blog helpful. Please share your thoughts through your comments.