Articulate 360 - Storyline
What is it?
Storyline is a bit like PowerPoint in some ways. You have slides and you can combine different kinds of content with transitions and animations. However, in the words of one of my favourite films, "It is so much more than just" PowerPoint. You can bring in a whole level of user interaction that PowerPoint doesn't even begin to touch. When your project is ready, it can be exported in various formats, including SCORM, which is great for embedding into a VLE.
Anyway, I decided it was a knowledge gap I had to fill, so I got the trial version (and I may well decide to buy it at some point). The trial period is only 60 days so I figured I should go completely wild and learn it all as quickly as possible (may not be possible!) Here's some of what I've learned already.
When you open the software, the default view is Story View. This is where you can create and manage scenes. I think scenes are a bit like modules or chapters. This is where I think I would create my storyboard - like a project plan that shows all the different aspects and how they will link together.
Some degree of user interaction is built in. When you preview your course, there are next and back buttons and a nice interactive navigation menu. However, you can add lots of other interactions yourself and one way of doing this is through the use of triggers. A trigger tells what you want to happen when a user performs a particular action. When you create a new trigger, you get a wizard where you can select from many options to create your specific event.
This trigger was part of a sub-menu that allows users to jump to a specific slide, based on it's content. In reality, it's another way of looking at hyperlinks but as you create more complex content, it does "so much more..."
Another way of creating interactivity is through layers. This is good for creating rollover hotspots, for example. This is where you have a picture and when the user rolls the mouse over a particular part of the image, it brings up more information. The extra information is a new layer and then you create a trigger to show that layer when the user hovers the mouse over the hotspot.
I used that in an interview this week. Obviously, I can't show that here but the good news is, I got the job. I'm so glad I had started learning about Storyline and could do a few things with it. Now, I really want to learn how to use it all and become very good at it. Fortunately, they weren't looking for full expertise on day one but someone willing to learn. That is definitely me!
What the user sees
Although this package is nowhere near finished, it is nice to see what the user will be seeing. You can preview this and it will show how it displays on various mobile devices too, which I love. Here is what my project will look like...