One of the main advantages of using rapid authoring tools for developing eLearning courses is that it saves time. An instructional designer without any programming knowledge can develop interactive eLearning courses with these authoring tools in quick time compared to traditional tools like Flash. Articulate Storyline is one such authoring tool that is widely used by the eLearning developers around the world.
Here I would like to share some tips that can save your development time while working with Articulate Storyline.
1. Insert cue points while syncing audio with animation:
Cue points are indicators that you can insert at specific points on the timeline. They help you make marks when objects should appear and disappear. You can also add multiple cue points where you want to synchronize multiple objects. Without having such visual cues, it takes time to synchronize audio with animation as we have to play the audio every time to synchronize every object on the slide.
To add a cue point, right click on the timeline where you want the mark to appear and then select “Create Cue Point at Playhead”.
2. Use keyboard shortcuts
Moving your hand between the keyboard and the mouse may take more time. So using keyboard shortcuts is a better way to save time. For this you should be familiar with various keyboard shortcuts of Articulate Storyline. Please click here to know the shortcut keys that can help you.
3. Create one trigger and use the same throughout the course:
As you know, triggers are the main assets to Storyline. We can give a trigger to an object and copy the same trigger and attach it to any other object instead of creating it fresh every time. This again helps in saving time.
4. Create one screen recording and use it multiple ways:
In Articulate Storyline, if you want to create the “watch-try-do” simulation, then there is no need to record the screen twice or thrice. Storyline has an ability to create one screen recording that can be used in multiple ways. You can create a screen recording and use it as a video for demonstration, then use the same as the try mode (where all of the steps are broken out into individual slides) and you can also set the same recording as the do mode.
These are some tips that could save your time. Do you have any other? Please do share!