Screenshot of slider example

Giving learners time to reflect is a great way to help them engage with the course content on a deeper level. Let’s say you’ve walked learners through a scenario and you want them to imagine how they’d feel if something similar happened to them. You could create a simple slider interaction to give them time to pause and think about it. In this article, I’ll show you how to do that step by step. 

1. Insert Icons

Screenshot of icons on a slide

Start by inserting a blank slide and adding icons that represent your learner’s emotions. I used these emoji icons, but you could insert other icons from Content Library 360, grab some from the Downloads hub here on E-Learning Heroes, or even create your own directly in Storyline 360 using shapes.

2. Add States

Screenshot of custom state

For each icon, add a custom state—which you can call Highlight, for example—and change the formatting so it looks visually different. In this example, I added a rectangle underneath the selected emoji.

3. Set Initial State

Screenshot of initial state option

Set the initial state for the icon you want to appear when the slide starts to Highlight. In this example, I chose to show the middle icon first, but it’s up to you to decide what makes the most sense.

4. Insert Slider

Screenshot showing how to insert a slider

Open the Insert tab, select the slider you want to insert, and format it as needed to match the design of your course. If you like the style of the slider I used here, grab this button set from the Downloads hub to skip the formatting step.

5. Set Slider Properties

Screenshot showing slider properties

Select the slider to open the Design tab and adjust the properties depending on the number of stops you need. Since there are five emojis here and I wanted the middle one to appear selected first, I set the initial step to 2 and the end value to 4. 

Before moving on to the next step, head over to the Update dropdown and choose While Slider Is Dragged so the slider value updates as the learner moves it.

6. Add Triggers

Screenshot of triggers

Finally, add two triggers to each icon to change the state of the objects when they’re selected. 

Trigger 1

Screenshot of first trigger

  • Action: Change State of
  • Object: Icon
  • State: Highlight (choose the name of your custom state)
  • When: Slider Moves
  • Conditions: If the slider value is equal to (step number)

Trigger 2

Screenshot of second trigger

  • Action: Change State of
  • Object: Icon
  • State: Highlight (choose the name of your custom state)
  • When: Slider Moves
  • Conditions: If the slider value is not equal to (step number)


And you’re all set! In just a few minutes, you’ve created an interaction that’ll help your learners take a step back and reflect on how they’re feeling. Explore the finished project and download the template here.

Want to learn more about working with sliders? Check out these helpful articles:

And if you’re interested in seeing some other creative ways to use sliders in your courses, hop on over to this article: 3 Ways to Use Sliders to Elevate Your Next Storyline 360 Course.

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