At least once a week, someone asks me to recommend a list of “getting started” tutorials and demos. Sometimes it’s for a group of users who just purchased our software, and other times it’s for experienced users looking to take their skills to the next level.
In each case, the time it takes me to pull a list together can vary from a few minutes to… a while, to say the least. While my work affords me the benefit of knowing what resources are available, the curation part can still take time depending on how much I know about the users and their needs. It’s not helpful for users if I send 50+ tutorials and let them sort through them.
One of the fun things about Top 10 lists is that they're rarely identical. Curation is personal and that's why I thought it would make a great weekly challenge.
Challenge of the week
This week your challenge is to put together a Top 10 list of “getting started” tutorials for any area of Storyline development you like.
Your Top 10 can target new or experienced users, and you can narrow your list any way you like. Just imagine you've been asked to help someone with a Top 10 list of tutorials. What would you share?
Note: Your list doesn't have to include software-specific resources. If you’re curating a list on scenarios in Storyline, you may want to include an article on scenario models or giving feedback in scenarios.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Top 10 Things You Should Know to Build a Storyline Course
- Top 10 Things New Users Need to Know About Storyline
- Top 10 Things You Should Know About Scenarios in Storyline
- Top 10 Getting Started Tutorials for Working with Audio in Storyline
- Top 10 Storyline Tutorials for Working with Multimedia
- Top 10 Ways to Create Your Own Graphics in Storyline
- Top 10 Creative Ideas for Building Interactive Scenarios in Storyline
- Top 10 Tutorials for Total Newbies
- Top 10 Articulate Guru Skills You Wish You Had
- Top 10 Production Tips for Working in Articulate Storyline
You can use any of Articulate’s tutorials and resources, as well as anything you've created or discovered on other sites.
Last week’s challenge
Before you begin listing your favorite tutorials, take a moment to check out the amazing ideas shared in last week’s photo collage challenge:
- Jackie Van Nice kicked off the week with a photo collage story for freelancers. Jackie knows a lot about this topic and designed an engaging story replete with freelance tips and resources for freelancers. Check out Jackie’s blog post to learn even more about her photo collage interaction.
- Nick Russell shared an illustrated story based on a 4-step sales plan. Nick’s example features creative rollovers and animated transitions. Check out the source file Nick shared. Thx, Nick!
- Lance Treloar shared a corkboard-themed story that features click-and-reveal sticky notes. Lots of possibilities with this example.
- Patrick Gurczynski shared an out-of-this-world character tribute to Halo. Nicely done, Patrick.
- Ashley Chiasson put together a fun and vibrant infographic that features interactive charts.
- Matthew Guyan mocked up a beer-coaster collage celebrating some must-visit pubs in Australia. While this is a simple demo, it’s a great example of how course designers can prototype interaction ideas in PowerPoint.
- Melanie Dunmore shared a magical story in this animated tree collage.
- Allison Nederveld returned with a vivid comic-style story for managers who need to deal with employee mistakes. Great use of Storyline’s photographic characters, Allison. Be sure to read about Allison’s example to learn more about her project and design process.
- Ruth McElhone reveals known secrets in this pint-sized tribute to Guinness beer that features a friendly reward for those who complete the interaction. Well done, Ruth!
- Gina Orozco shared an office-themed collage that takes advantage of the illustrated character poses to tell a story about one person’s day at the office. Great job, Gina.
- Trina Rimmer offered tips for teachers seeking ways to annoy, aggravate, and alienate meddlesome parents. Parental Advisory: Snark and sarcasm rule the roost in this outrageously wry piece.
- Jeff Kortenbosch shared some extended family photos in this well-designed photo collage story. Be sure to check out the funny nicknames Jeff assigned. Jeff, we’ll talk later.
- Sylvia Davis put together an engaging photo collage that features personal, professional, and travel-related insights. Great job, Sylvia!
- Montse Anderson shared an interactive character collage featuring Storyline's photographic characters.
More about the e-learning challenges:
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.
Wishing you a Top 10 week, E-Learning Heroes!
Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.