Storyline’s Interactive eLearning Approach (Part 1 of 3)

Have you ever been caught in a situation where you are developing an eLearning material and you didn’t know how to present important pieces of information because these information are dependent upon the audience’s situation? I have and I was glad that there was Articulate Storyline and its interactive eLearning approach.

One is enough

I once developed an eLearning material where audiences are divided into different categories. How was this so? Well, if your eLearning audiences are university students for example, you don’t want to develop different eLearnings for students of Arts, or Sciences, or Technology, just because they are located in different buildings, or they go to different cafeterias, or they have different sets of student leaders. You only have to develop ‘one’ eLearning that is supposed to cater to all these groups of students, and this is where Storyline’s interactive eLearning approach comes into play.

Confusing SignsWorking with layers

In Storyline, you can work with layers. There can be several layers in one slide. This means that you can prepare several scenarios within one slide and you can control which scenario or information to show depending on the audience’s mouse click. For instance, your eLearning is for your company’s employees titled ‘What To Do During a Fire Emergency’,you can’t just build one slide and say ‘Drop everything and run !’. Well, you can, if you want to get ‘fired’ (got it?). You can prepare just one slide, but you have to make a lot of different layers.

The approach

This is what I’d hypothetically include in my slides. I would build several slide layers depending upon the number of departments my company has, i.e., Finance, Technology, Operation, Administration, Services, etc. Each layer will contain pertinent details about the department, like the location of the nearest fire exit, the fire warden’s station and contact details, the location of the closest emergency cabinet and whatnot. After that, I’d build one slide that would ask the audience, ‘What is the name of your department?’ and the same slide would show several buttons, again, depending on the number of departments where each button is labeled by department name. So, if the audience click on department ‘Finance’, the next slide will show the details that correspond only to that department. The rest of the departmental information will not show. Cool huh?

In part 2 of this 3-part series, I will talk about interactive markers. Please stay tuned.