Personalizing courses can help learners feel connected to the content. There are numerous ways to personalize your courses. For example, you can have the learners input their name, create branched scenarios, or even select an avatar. In this article, we’ll look at another way to personalize courses for learners—by using a slider to select a character, like in the example below:
Step 1: Add Characters
The very first step is to insert some characters and arrange them on the slide. This example uses four photographic characters all cropped at the torso.
Step 2: Edit States
Next, create a selected state for each character. In this example, we’ve used a light gray glow effect.
Step 3: Create a Button Set
To ensure only one character can be selected at a time, select all of your characters and create a button set for them.
Step 4: Insert Slider and Other Slide Elements
When a slider is added, a number variable is automatically created. This variable adjusts automatically as the slider moves, based on the properties you’ve set up.
In this example, the slider has four stops, so we’ve set the Start value to 1 and the End value to 4. We want the slider thumb to appear at the beginning of the track when the slide begins, so we’ll set the Initial starting position to 1. We want the slider thumb to have an incremental value of 1 as it moves along the track, so we’ll type 1 into the Step box.
With this set up, when the slider is at step 1, the variable is equal to 1; when the slider is at step 2, the variable is equal to 2; and so on.
Once you’ve got that set up, you’ll want to add a submit button and text instructions before moving onto the next step.
Step 5: Create Layers
Before adding triggers, create a layer for each character and add any other slide elements as desired, such as buttons, text, and images.
Step 6: Add Triggers
Now you’re ready to make it all work together by adding triggers.
Create a trigger to change the state of the first character to Selected when the variable changes if the slider variable is equal to value 1.
Pro tip: To save time, simply copy and paste this trigger three times and update the character, variable value, and condition each time.
Add a trigger to the submit button to show the layer character 1 when the user clicks button 1 if the slider variable is equal to value 1.
Pro tip: Once again, to save time you can copy and paste this trigger three times and update the character and conditions each time to show the other layers.
Step 7: Add a Hotspot
When you preview your slide, you’ll notice you can click each character without using the slider. That’s because we added a selected state to each character earlier. Since we want learners to select a character using only the slider, you can prevent them from clicking directly on the characters by placing a hotspot over them.
And that’s it! Now you have a fully functional slider that lets you select a character for your course. If you’d like to take a look at another option, check out this article: Allow Learners to Choose an Avatar Using One Variable with Storyline 360.
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