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Performing Simple Financial Calculations Using Articulate Storyline

Performing Simple Financial Calculations Using Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is a rapid authoring tool which can be used to create courses on variety of topics – from food safety to financial accounting. Storyline is simple to use, and it easy to perform complex calculations using triggers.

Recently, we were asked to create a course on accounting which explained how to calculate the monthly savings of an employee. Let us see how we used Storyline to compute the savings.

Here are the steps involved.

Step 1: Create a new slide and insert four textboxes in it – Salary, General Expenses, Other Expenses and Savings.

Step 1

Step 2: Insert three Numeric Entry fields from the Insert menu.

Step 2

When we insert a Numeric Entry field, a Numeric Entry Variable is created automatically.

Step 3: Now, we have to rename these text entry variables (Numeric Entry, Numeric Entry 1, and Numeric Entry 2) as Salary, General Expenses, and Other Expenses according to the textboxes as shown in the screenshots below.

Step 3

Step 3

Step 3

Step 4: Create a numeric variable Savings with initial value as zero.

Step 4

Step 5: Create a Submit button, and add the following triggers to it in the order specified below.

Trigger 1: Assign the value of Salary to Savings variable.

Step5 - Trigger1

Trigger 2: Subtract the value of GeneralExpenses from Savings value.

Step5 - Trigger2

Trigger 3: Subtract the value of OtherExpenses from the remaining Savings value.

Step5 - Trigger3

Now, the Savings variable contains the value of the monthly savings of an employee. 

Step 6: Display the value of Savings variable in the slide by placing Savings variable in between two “%” symbols.

Step 6

Now, preview or publish the course and check the output.

Step 7

This way, we can perform different calculations using Storyline’s triggers. Hope this blog is informative. Please share your thoughts.

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