As course designers, we want to give learners the opportunity to get additional information when and where they want it, without any hassles. The Resources feature in Articulate Storyline, which puts a tab right on the course player, gives learners one-click access to file attachments, website links, or both. But there’s another way to give learners the same easy access to a wider, more dynamic variety of content: create a custom player tab that links to lightbox slides.

Like the Resources tab, this custom player tab is also available from anywhere in your course. However, it comes with a few additional benefits not available on the Resources tab, such as:

Wider variety of content types available. A light box slide can have any kind of content that a regular Storyline slide can have. So in addition to basic text and images, your lightbox slide can include more dynamic content such as animations, buttons, audio, video, and even things like markers, web objects, and screen recordings.

Ability to include multiple slides. By including navigation controls, your learners can explore a whole series of slides within the lightbox. You can either select the Navigation controls option to use Storyline’s built-in player Next and Prev buttons or add your own custom buttons.

No additional windows or applications. Another nice thing about lightbox slides is that they are displayed right on top of the current slide without any potentially confusing additional windows or applications to open. When you close the lightbox, you’re returned right back to the exact place in the course you started from.

Check out this published example demonstrating three different ways of using a lightbox in place of the Resources feature. One uses a screen recording (connecting with us on Facebook), one uses a regular informational slide, and one incorporates some markers animated via the timeline. I’ve also included the standard Resources tab for comparison.

Ready to try it yourself? Watch this tutorial to learn how to quickly add a media-rich lightbox to a slide or the course player in Articulate Storyline.

post written by Mike Taylor

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