Everything we know about Cornerstone on Demand and Storyline!

I thought I would start a thread about Cornerstone on Demand so there's a central place for people to read and add to. There seems to be a dearth of information about how CSOD and Storyline interact with each other as well as the unresolved issues surrounding it. I've spent many hours scouring the web and speaking with Cornerstone trying to find a solution. Hopefully this thread will serve as a resource for others going forward.

On a side note, I love Articulate Storyline. I started with Adobe Captivate with limited success. It was a very steep learning curve, but I was able to get some basic functionality out of it. I tested out Storyline with it's 30 day trial, and I will say that time-to-effectiveness was drastically reduced. It really IS like using powerpoint. Granted there is less complex functionality and interactions available than Captivate, but so far it's given me everything I've needed to use. The benefit is that the learning curve is much less steep too. Think of it as the difference between iMovie and Final Cut Pro. The latter can do some crazy effects, but the former gives you 90% of what you need and can get you comfortable in 1/4 of the time.

It's nice to have a properly-working content creation tool when you're in an LMS like Cornerstone. I have enough trouble in CSOD as it is.

So some of the nuggets of wisdom that I've found are :

  • Cornerstone does not track SCORM 1.2 content properly. You cannot pull a lot of the reports if they are not in SCORM 2004 format. You don't have the option to select that course in the reports.
  • If you export into SCORM 2004, there will be an extra section on the left with text links to the module. This takes up 30% of the screen, and on smaller laptop screens may crowd out the module window. Cornerstone says this is a Storyline exporting settings issue. I couldn't find any settings that shows/hides that section. The workaround is to resize the module to the screen, which doesn't get rid of the section, but at least fits the module.
  • When reporting, you can get the completion status for a course based on quiz result or last slide viewed. You can also get a final grade for course. Storyline passes the results information for each question (including short answer) but you cannot pull a list of the answers for an individual. Therefore, it may not be advisable to administer any testing where you'll need to review individual answers
  • You can get a list of aggregate answers for a module. e.g. I can see how 100 employees answered this multiple choice question. This is helpful to determine if learners are absorbing the course information correctly.
  • Web objects (such as websites, or links to sharepoint documents) work in modules if your IT has added csod.com to the trusted sites
  • Popup windows that open up the articulate module in CSOD will work if you add csod.com to the allowed list for popup blockers. Your IT dept can also add this to everyone's computer. Otherwise when learners click the "launch" button, the module does not show up.

I'll post more as I think or find them, but feel free to add to this list!

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Will Findlay

Or just break the video into segments and out each segment in a different slide where each segment ends when they are supposed to switch to email. 

But maybe you are asking because you are trying to prevent them from trying to multitask by switching away from the learning module and working on email while it runs in the background? The only solution to that in my opinion is to make them answer good quiz questions on the content. 

Steve Flowers

There's a possible way to get this done using a bit of Javascript, a variable in Storyline, and a trigger to pause the timeline. If you're not comfortable with Javascript, it could be daunting to implement.

The script is described in this stackoverflow post:


You'd want to trigger something that incremented a number value in a storyline variable then use a "when variable changes, pause timeline" trigger.  This would let the browser window detect when focus is lost or the window goes into the background.  In a Javascript trigger that fires when the slide loads that you want to have the video pause:

var hidden = "hidden";

var player=GetPlayer();

// Standards:
if (hidden in document)
document.addEventListener("visibilitychange", onchange);
else if ((hidden = "mozHidden") in document)
document.addEventListener("mozvisibilitychange", onchange);
else if ((hidden = "webkitHidden") in document)
document.addEventListener("webkitvisibilitychange", onchange);
else if ((hidden = "msHidden") in document)
document.addEventListener("msvisibilitychange", onchange);
// IE 9 and lower:
else if ("onfocusin" in document)
document.onfocusin = document.onfocusout = onchange;
// All others:
window.onpageshow = window.onpagehide
= window.onfocus = window.onblur = onchange;

function onchange (evt) {
var v = "visible", h = "hidden",
evtMap = {
focus:v, focusin:v, pageshow:v, blur:h, focusout:h, pagehide:h

evt = evt || window.event;
if (evt.type in evtMap){



// set the initial state (but only if browser supports the Page Visibility API)
if( document[hidden] !== undefined )
onchange({type: document[hidden] ? "blur" : "focus"});


Steve Flowers

It should. I believe the event listens for any focus event. So if the popup loses focus to another application, it should still fire the event. Haven't tested in awhile but I believe this is the way it worked with the blur:focus event. I'd expect the page visibility API to be an improvement since blur:focus is only used as a fallback.

Sasha Rubeis

Hello All,

I'm trying to figure out the properties for an exam. I want the user to launch the exam once. I want to capture the completion and score. If the user fails the exam, I do not want them to have the capability to re-launch that exam. I basically want to lock the exam after 1st attempt. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Steve Flowers

Yep. Either use the test engine or publish with the Storyline setting to always restore and don't allow navigation away from the results slide or resetting results. That way you'd need to re-proxy enroll (LAT) them into the module to allow navigation after finishing the test in order for someone to restart the test.

Sighle Denier

Hello - I need to limit quiz attempts to one attempt as well for the first time. I thought that I could do this with these instructions:

Am I missing something?

Thank you for any feedback. Sighle

Sighle Denier

Hi Leslie,
I do need it to retain between sessions. I'm working on seeing if using "automatically resume state" will keep the "Attempts" variable set. If not I will need to use another authoring package that allows me to save the variable back to the LMS since Storyline doesn't let me do that. I don't know of any way to have the LMS know that without the course sending the information via SCORM.

Sasha Rubeis

Hello everyone,

I know this conversation is a little dated but I'm hoping for some guidance. Background story: I've created a exam in Quizmaker, when sent to Cornerstone - user is still able to launch the exam after completion. I've tried every property available in Quizmaker to prevent this. What I've figured out is the fix is in the Scorm coding. I will need to adjust the coding to where the user is incapable of relaunching the exam after review and completion. Can any direct me in the right direction on as to how I can accomplish this? I'm running out of options here.

Will Findlay

Yes, here is a prior comment on how to add SCORM 2004 data to a transcript report.

See https://help.csod.com/help/csod_0/OnlineHelp.htm#Reporting/Analytics/Custom_Reports_Project/Transcript_Report.htm?Highlight="scorm 2004 quiz data"

You can now add the following to a transcript report:

SCO Name - SCO name as appears on the course manifest. Text
SCO ID - SCO ID as appears on the course manifest. Text
Quiz Attempt - How many times the learner attempted the quiz. Text
Quiz Attempt Date -The date when the specific attempt occurred (this field is correlated with the "Attempt" field). Text
Question ID - Unique label for the interaction. Text
Question Description - A brief informative description of the interaction. Text
Question Type - Which type of interaction is recorded. Text
Question Weighting - Weight given to the interaction relative to other interactions. Text
User Response -  Data generated when a learner responds to an interaction. Text
Response Status - Judgment of the correctness of the learner response. Text
Response Time - The time the user responded to the interaction. Text
Quiz Score - Number that reflects the performance of the learner for the objective. Text
Quiz Success Status - Indicates whether the learner has mastered the SCO. Text