6 Replies
Zsolt Olah

Hi John,

Basic CSS and HTML5 skills are always good for webdesign. Understanding how to manipulate colors, hiding/showing elements, or just formatting the output can help. These two determine how the site looks. 

JavaScript is useful if you want to add additional functionality and change how the site behaves. Just learning about math functions, string functions, and basic loops, conditions, arrays, etc. can either speed up the learning development or add missing functionality.

Beyond these you may also look into xAPI. xAPI allows you to capture richer interaction data than SCORM.  

Matthew Bibby

None of these languages are necessary for you to learn John.

You can do great things in Storyline without using any code.

I've found that JavaScript is useful to extend Storyline, however, a lot of what you'd learn in an intro to JS course wouldn't necessarily be useful in SL. 

So what I'd recommend, especially as these languages frustrate you, is to not learn them. Instead, dive into them when you have a specific problem to solve. So rather than learning a lot of JS that won't be immediately useful, you'll just learn what you need to solve real-world problems.

Walt Hamilton

I certainly agree with Matthew (and, as far as that goes, with Math and Zsolt.)  There is no language that can make you a better Instructional Designer. There are some things you can learn that will make authoring easier, whether you are trying to bring good or poor designs to life.

If you are going to follow Matthew's advice (as you should), I would recommend W3schools. A lot of "real" programmers ridicule the site, but it has a lot to offer to those who are learning. It has clear examples and explanations of how things work, and best of all, an editor that allows you to experiment.