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Calculating the User’s Time on the Slide in Articulate Storyline

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Consider the following case: A training manager wants to inform learners about the time they have spent on all the slides in an eLearning course. He wants to display this duration after the completion of assessments.  His Organization was using articulate storyline to develop eLearning courses.

Do you think such a requirement can be met with Articulate Storyline?

Yes, we can do it with Storyline. These are the steps an eLearning developer should follow to meet this requirement.

Step1:

 In Articulate Storyline, create a numeric variable using a variable wizard.

create a numeric variable

Here I’m taking  “time” as a numeric variable with the default value “0”.

time as numeric variable with default value0

 Step2:

Create a new layer with a time duration of one second.

create a new layer with time duration

 Step3:

 Now add the following triggers in a layer.

Trigger1:

 Increase the value of the numeric variable “time” by “one” when the timeline of the layer begins.

Increase the value of the numeric variable “time” by “one”

Trigger2:

 Now add a trigger to hide the layer when the timeline of that layer ends.

trigger to hide the layer

Trigger3:

 Add a trigger to show the same layer when the timeline of that layer ends.

trigger to show the same layer

Maintain the same trigger order same as shown in the image below.

Maintain the triggers order same

 Step4:

 Now add the following triggers in the base layer.

Trigger1:

 Set the value of the numeric variable to “zero” when the slide timeline begins.

Set the value of the numeric variable to “zero”

Trigger2:

 Show the layer when the timeline of the slide begins.

Show layer when the timeline of the slide begins.

Maintain the same trigger order same as shown in the image below.

Show layer when the timeline of the slide begins.

Step5:

 Now display the value of the variable “time” by placing the variable name (“time”) in between the two “%” symbols.

Now display the value of the variable “time”

In the above image, you can see the value of the variable “time” increased by one for every second.

Now display the value of the variable “time” in another slide to know how much time the learner spent in that slide. (You can also display the time taken by the learner for each slide at the end of the course).

Now publish your file and check your output.

Now publish your file and check the output. In this way we can display the time taken by the learner for each slide. Have anything to say! Please do share!

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