Assessing knowledge allowing learners to skip to more advanced content

I'm building course where the learners are at radically different levels of understanding of one of the foundational concepts as they come into the course. I don't want to force those that understand the concept completely to have to go through the more elementary content. I’m wondering I can use a quiz as an assessment early in the course and, depending on their score, send them through the elementary content or let them skip past it. Is there a way to do that in Storyline?

Then, as a followup, if I can do what I described above, can I make one (or more) of the questions an automatic "fail"? In other words, one of the questions might be so basic, that if they don't understand that, they really need to take the full course even if they get other answers correct?

I appreciate any thoughts you have!

5 Replies
Jerry Beaucaire

You can certainly use a quiz question to decide what the "next slide" will be.  It's hard sometimes to picture a question that someone couldn't simply "guess" their way past the content.

If the content is truly basic, perhaps consider 101, 201, 301 level modules in this content series.  Only assign the 101 to new employees or students, whereas everyone gets the 201, 301. 


We have faced this issue multiple times and each time we settled back on the reality that no one is harmed by reviewing material with which they are already familiar.   A small note at the beginning of the course should calm the complainers.  Some good visuals should keep the content engaging.

Steve Hazelton

Hi Sarah -

This is where Storyline shines. It is very easy to create branched courses where you present a question and the next path is determined by their answer choice. Just change the target of the trigger on the Correct and Incorrect layers of your question slides.

I don't usually do it as a whole quiz - I do it one question at a time, and then branch out for just the content related to that question. That way everyone gets to skip content they know and watch content where they need to. I also take them back to the quiz question after the content. That way, they have to choose the correct answer to move on, and we can say that if they completed the course they got 100% of the questions right (eventually). I attached a screen shot of a part of one I built this way.

Sarah Kesher

Excellent! Thank you for your ideas. I'm actually rethinking if making anyone skip is even necessary—as I write the storyboard, I'm kind of thinking that the feedback given in the quiz might do all the teaching necessary. I don't need them to get a deep level of comprehension on this topic, just a baseline so we can move into the more important maybe that will be enough?

That said, its really good to know I can build the course the way I originally thought too. And I love the suggestion of giving the learner the option of having a refresher even if they think they know the answers.