Help with interactive quizzes and text highlighting in Storyline

Hi All

I am trying to bring in some text highlighting that is linked to certain parts of the audio narration and as part of a quiz. The audio narration link is for the quiz example slides where sections of the text are highlighted for each quiz question. The quiz itself would require the student to identify answers within a piece of text (for example, "Identify the rationale for the study in the given text". The only way I could think of in Storyline was to have some kind of text highlighting.

For the example slides, I have added boxes around the selected text and used the timeline to make them appear at specific points in the narration (had to listen to each track and note down the time and then set it in the timeline). Seems to work though it is a roundabout way of doing it. Wondering if there was a simpler way out. Also, not sure if there is any option to do it for the quiz apart from breaking up the text and presenting them as drag and drop interactions. Not ideal as it would make it easier for students to narrow down their choice if answers easily.

Grateful for any pointers.

Thanks

Sampath

16 Replies
Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Sampath,

I hope others will jump in, since I don't know that I have the best answer for you on Learners Highlighting.

Example Slides

Re: <<For the example slides, I have added boxes around the selected text and used the timeline to make them appear at specific points in the narration (had to listen to each track and note down the time and then set it in the timeline). Seems to work though it is a roundabout way of doing it.>>

Are you aware of cue points? These make it easier to to set the time in the timeline. You needn't note it down. As you're listening to the narration on the slide, when you hear the place where you want the selected text to appear, press the letter "C" on the keyboard. Continue to do this as you listen. A cue point will be created at each spot. You can go back later and align the boxes to the cue points. I've include one in the attached story. There's a tutorial here with some discussion on Cue points.

Learners Highlighting

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I've inserted an additional slide that "sort of" allows the Learner to identify areas within the text by highlighting. But it's a fair amount of work, and others in the community may have better and more efficient ideas.

I used your Study Results paragraph (removed audio) and inserted transparent boxes over what would be the correct answers (recover faster, fewer complications, greater investment). I added a selected state to each transparent box, where the box now has a slightly transparent yellow fill, so it looks like a highlight (similar to what you did for your selected boxes).

Each box has a trigger that changes its state to selected when the Learner clicks it. And, I converted it to Pick Many so it becomes a quiz.

The disadvantage is that Learners will get a clue about where to find the answers simply by hovering the mouse over the slide. But, you could create a foil (or more) by placing these boxes over "incorrect" text areas.

Let the community know what you think. And if you need more direction/better solutions.

Sampath Sundar

Thanks Rebecca. Apologies for the delay in replying. We had completed our Articulate free trial and waiting for a decision to go ahead and purchase a licence. That's done now and I can continue with developing the first course.

Thanks for the examples for the text highlighting. Will try this out. I also found a very good course by Pinched Head on the Word of Mouth blog here http://elearning-examples.s3.amazonaws.com/What%20your%20teachers%20never%20told%20you/player.html. The annotations and use of highlights in screen 5 are excellent. They have used Presenter/PowerPoint but not sure whether this can be achieved using storyline. I am trying to see if I can use layers and states (?) to get a similar result. Will post my experiment soon.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Sampath,

Wow! Totally forgot about this one!

I just added a 4th slide. I see that I'd told you a disadvantage to slide 1.3: " is that Learners will get a clue about where to find the answers simply by hovering the mouse over the slide. But, you could create a foil (or more) by placing these boxes over "incorrect" text areas"

So, Slide 1.4 is the same as 1.3 (Pick Many) EXCEPT:

  • I deleted the transparent rectangles and inserted hotspots over the correct answers
  • I also added little text boxes that pop up (you wouldn't need to do this of course) when the Learners select the answers; these are triggered by associated hotspots
  • AND, I right-clicked on each spot and from the shortcut menu clicked on "show hand cursor on hover" to remove the checkmark. This means the Learners will NOT get a clue by hovering the mouse

Also, Pinchedhead is SuperHero Nancy Woinoski. Maybe you can ping her and see if she has any advice.

Congrats on the purchase and welcome back!

Sampath Sundar

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro said:

Are you aware of cue points? These make it easier to to set the time in the timeline. You needn't note it down. As you're listening to the narration on the slide, when you hear the place where you want the selected text to appear, press the letter "C" on the keyboard. Continue to do this as you listen. A cue point will be created at each spot. You can go back later and align the boxes to the cue points. I've include one in the attached story. There's a tutorial here with some discussion on Cue points.


Perfect. Thanks for this. Makes life so easy. What will I do without the Articulate Community

Sampath Sundar

Hi everyone

Starting this thread back again with another question:

Is there a way in which text in a slide can be selected? At the moment, once published, none of the slide text content can be highlighted or selected. Just trying new options for the topic above - if I can add a text entry field below a bunch of text and then convert it to a free form quiz, I can then get the students to select the correct block of text (where a question can be selecting the portion of text that describes the aim of a project). They can then paste it into the text entry field and submit to check the answer! But stuck because the published story does not allow me to select any text.

Thanks

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

HI Sampath,

Just now seeing this post, and serendipitously, I saw a post by Nancy where she describes how to keep text in a text entry. You CAN select this text, but in my quick tests just now trying to copy and paste, it was pretty dicey and not very consistent. I was using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (copy/paste).

Thought I"d post in case you or someone else can take this a little further and achieve what you're after.

Sampath Sundar

Hi

One way would be to use a hot spot over the text that needs to be selected. Clicking on the hotspot can trigger a layer with a text entry field with the variable set to what you need the user to copy? I read about the text entry field on another discussion. A roundabout way but seems to work. I have tried it with an example slide that works. Let me tidy up the slide and upload it to see if that is the solution you are looking for. Might be after Christmas though :-)

Sampath