Building course - few questions

I am building a course and have a few question, may sound very basic and stupid.

I have  custom story size width - 1365, height - 768, Now will this size scale itself depending on the screen its being viewed in? I have a 23 in monitor and it looks fine, I just don't want users with smaller screens to have to scroll up down or left right to see the entire player.

 

I am working on question slide and copied text from powerpoint and I see that the second line kind of falls under the bullet point and not aligned under the text. How can I align it so that the text align under the top text.

 

I have couple of modules in the course, do you guys have any transition slide to let the users know that now they will be learning about module 2 etc.

 

I also have a flow chart and can't think of a way to present it except present it as a flow chart that was crated in powerpoint. I was hoping to atleast have the user click the fist yes or no and the rest would animate.

 

Thanks

 

 

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Tessa Maki

Hi tin C!

For your first question - you are able to change the browser settings in the Player. From the Home tab, click on Player. Under the Custom section of Properties, click Other (tiny gear icon). Here you'll see the options to determine how the browser and player size adjust. I typically change the browser size to "Resize browser to fill screen" and Player size to "Scale player to fill browser window," but that's not necessarily best in every situation.

Hope this helps! I'll see if I can come up with anything for your other questions.

~Tessa

 

Tessa Maki

I wasn't able to recreate the issue you're having with the text copied from PPT, but I know I've run into it before and been frustrated by it. Sorry I can't offer a suggestion on how to fix/avoid it. Hope someone else can help!

I typically use some type of transition slide between modules. It's nice to give the learner a cue that the topic is shifting. Also, if they don't have time to complete the whole course, knowing it's a new module gives them a good place to take a break. Depending on the course, sometimes it works well to have one landing page that they return to after each module. The landing page can have a table of contents of sorts with each title being a button/link to launch the next module. You can have the buttons change state, so when they return it is grayed out or has a check mark so they know that module is complete. (This is a nice visual to see what they've already done and how much they have left to do.) If the course needs to be done in a certain order, this can make it a bit more cumbersome to use this method as you need to use conditions to prevent them from taking the modules out of order. I also learned that I needed to have the conditions based on actually completing the module rather than having just clicked the button.

For the flowchart, would it be too much work to recreate it in Storyline? Shapes can be set to an initial state of being hidden. Then other shapes can be turned into buttons (or you can add separate buttons), so you could have additional shapes/steps display once the user clicks. Adding animation could make it "fancy." :-) If this is something you're interested in, I could give you more info about the steps to make it work.

tin C

Thanks for your response and I do have a transition slide so they know that now they will see content for module 1 etc. They do need to go through the content in order and its very linear, I would have liked a main menu screen and going back to that screen and the jumping on the next module, but I don't have to time to build it and it sounds complex.

If you do have time, I would like to know the steps for the flow chart you suggested.

 

On a different note if anyone knows how to do this -

1.I need a pyramid interaction that has seven levels with a lines worth of text for each block of the pyramid. It would be nice if I could show clicking on each block will reveal more content about that topic in the block.

 

2. I have a matching question that I tried using the built in matching quiz, however the content in each of the matching block is at least 2 lines and I cannot find a way to make the matching box bigger, can someone tell me how to make it bigger so I can fit the text, right now I am using font size 8 which is barely visible.

 

 

Tessa Maki

Hello again!

I've attached a file that explains one way of doing the flow chart by having the initial state of objects be hidden and then adding triggers to other objects to change them to "Normal" when clicked. There are other ways you could do it, but I'm hoping this is most straightforward. Hope it makes sense...I threw it together rather quickly. :)

You could possibly use something similar for the pyramid you mentioned, but layers may work better for that, as I don't know that you'd want all of the additional text to stay visible once revealed. Sorry I don't have time to explain it more. There are may great tutorials that explain the use of layers and triggers, so hopefully you can find something that helps you accomplish what you're looking for!

Good luck!

~Tessa

tin C
Tessa Maki

Hello again!

I've attached a file that explains one way of doing the flow chart by having the initial state of objects be hidden and then adding triggers to other objects to change them to "Normal" when clicked. There are other ways you could do it, but I'm hoping this is most straightforward. Hope it makes sense...I threw it together rather quickly. :)

You could possibly use something similar for the pyramid you mentioned, but layers may work better for that, as I don't know that you'd want all of the additional text to stay visible once revealed. Sorry I don't have time to explain it more. There are may great tutorials that explain the use of layers and triggers, so hopefully you can find something that helps you accomplish what you're looking for!

Good luck!

~Tessa

Tessa, thank you so much for taking the time to create the example to show me how it's done. I like the ideas of having them click on Yes and no and then having the path reveal for each, diamond shape is the start of the flow chart with which I am working, stupid question but how do you create the diamond box, it's not in shapes.

 

Also, another question for anyone, I have a lot of slides which have multiples tabs and I don't want learners to move until they have clicked on all the tabs, what do I need to do in the player next button to do this.

Tessa Maki

Glad you think this will work! The diamond was in my shapes. Under "Basic Shapes" it's in the top row, 7th from the left. If it's not there, will it work to copy and past the diamond from the example I shared? It may also work to copy the shape from PPT, but I believe that turns it into a picture so you won't be able to edit it much.

As for preventing them from advancing without viewing everything, you just need to add Conditions to the Next button. (Edit the Trigger for the next button and you'll see the option to add Conditions. You can do this by State or you can add a True/False variable to the button and then base the condition on the variables.) If you search the community, you can find all sorts of info on how to do this, and I'm sure there are tutorials you can watch. When we do this, we like to also put a message that appears if they click Next and the conditions have not been met. (Example: Please review all tabs before advancing.)

tin C
Tessa Maki

Glad you think this will work! The diamond was in my shapes. Under "Basic Shapes" it's in the top row, 7th from the left. If it's not there, will it work to copy and past the diamond from the example I shared? It may also work to copy the shape from PPT, but I believe that turns it into a picture so you won't be able to edit it much.

As for preventing them from advancing without viewing everything, you just need to add Conditions to the Next button. (Edit the Trigger for the next button and you'll see the option to add Conditions. You can do this by State or you can add a True/False variable to the button and then base the condition on the variables.) If you search the community, you can find all sorts of info on how to do this, and I'm sure there are tutorials you can watch. When we do this, we like to also put a message that appears if they click Next and the conditions have not been met. (Example: Please review all tabs before advancing.)

Tessa, again thank you so much for your help with answering all my questions. I was not looking at the right place found the shape.

also I will try to find a tutorial for the add conditions to the next button.

 

Now I have another question and this is about the question slide, I have 4 answer choices in a multiple choice question, but when I try to add numbers and alphabets, for all 4 choices it shows either A or 1 and does not go A,b,c,d or 1,2,3,4.

Any solution to this.

tin C

Tessa, I don't know if you have encountered this or not. I have a tab interaction that I downloaded from the downloads section. The interaction had 4 tabs, but on my slide I need 5 tabs so I selected the 4th tab and copied and pasted it. Now when I try to put a variable so that all those interaction must be completed before they can go to the Next slide. I only see the original 4 tabs in the variable and it does not register the 5th one. I don't know how to solve this issue. any ideas anyone?