Articulate Studio ’13 has so many great new features—and one of my favorites is the new unified player. It offers more control and flexibility than ever before to customize the course player. Plus, when you include Articulate Quizmaker ’13 assessments and Articulate Engage ’13 interactions in your Articulate Presenter ’13 courses, your learners can navigate easily and intuitively with a single, unified set of controls.
In Presenter ’13, you can use the Player Properties to customize almost anything about the player. For example, you can set the location of the menu tabs (for the menu, notes, glossary, and such) on the player or select which elements the player features to make it look exactly the way you want.
Here are just a few examples of how different players can change the way a course looks:
Check out these tutorials to learn more ways to customize your player:
- Choosing Player Features
- Customizing the Player Menu
- Attaching Resources to the Player
- Adding a Glossary to the Player
- Displaying Notes in the Player
- Changing the Player Colors and Font
- Changing the Player's Text Labels
- Changing the Browser Settings and Player Size
- Changing the Player's Resume Behavior
- Enabling Right-to-Left Language Support
- Saving Your Player or Switching to a Different One
And that’s not all! The new Slide Properties manager lets you control player elements on each individual slide in your course, including navigation and player features. By default, each slide will display the features you’ve chosen to include in your course player, but you can show or hide the following player features on a slide-by-slide basis, too.
- Play/Pause Button
- Next Button
- Previous Button
Studio ’13 also improves integration between Presenter, Quizmaker, and Engage, including unified player controls and consistent menu items across your entire project. Now you can add as many quizzes and interactions as you want and still have an intuitive, learner-friendly course.
Better Course Menu Display Options
With Studio ’13, you can choose to show individual questions or interaction steps in the course menu—or you can opt to hide them. Simply open the Quizzes and Interactions properties settings, then specify whether your Quizmaker and Engage content will show in Presenter as a single item or as multiple items.
As you can see above, when you show your quiz questions as multiple items, Presenter displays the status of each question as your learner progresses. This way, it’s easy for your learners to easily track which questions they answered correctly and incorrectly.
Easily Manage Resume Behavior
In previous versions of Studio, the resume behavior was partly controlled by the Presenter player and partly controlled by embedded quizzes and interactions. Now it’s much easier—just set it in the Presenter ’13 player and you’re good to go. So if you enable the resume feature in Presenter ’13, embedded quizzes and interactions will also resume. And if you disable the resume feature in Presenter ’13, embedded quizzes and interactions will start fresh from the beginning when learners relaunch the course.
I think all these features make courses feel so smooth and seamless for learners—but that’s just my opinion. What about you? What’s your favorite new thing in Studio ’13?
Post written by Mike Taylor
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