Making Storyline Modules Available to Employee iPads

I am trying to figure out how to make Storyline modules available to our field employee's iPads.

  • Ideally we want our field to be able to play via the Articulate mobile player.
  • Using mobile Safari would also be acceptable if we can't use the mobile player.
  • We do NOT need to track results at this point.
  • Distribution must be done securely. Hopefully we can use existing tools/systems.
  • Our company has its own internal app store and mobile Content Management System for iPads.
  • Our LMS (Saba) requires username/password credentials (defeats the mobile player option).

Approach #1 - Mobile Player App?
Could we zip and distribute through our company's mobile content management system (mCMS)?
In this approach I can make the zip folder reside in our custom app (mCMS) but I cannot "Open In" to the mobile player directly. Is there some way to get this zipped module to the mobile player app?

Approach #2 - Mobile Safari?
If #1 is not feasible could I somehow unzip and view using the mobile Safari?

Approach #3 - PhoneGap?
Our company has its own app store internally for the iPad. Is it possible to use PhoneGap to turn a Storyline module into an app and distribute it this way?

Approach #4 - Browser-based Acess via "Secure" web server
Is there a way to host Storyline files on a web server without giving access to the general public but allowing our field employees to download to their mobile player? How about via their mobile Safari?

Other Approaches?

15 Replies
Peter Anderson

Hi Scott!

Just wanted to share a couple links to help you get started. Storyline allows you to publish courses for Flash, HTML5, and the Articulate Mobile Player app for iPad. To distribute your published content, upload it to your web server or LMS. Then link to the story.html file in the published output.

Here’s how Storyline determines which version of your content to display when users view it:

http://articulate.com/support/kb_article.php?product=st1&id=9rco1wa3ebjp

And this tutorial describes how to publish a Storyline course for HTML5 or iPad distribution and includes several frequently asked questions regarding mobile deployment:

http://community.articulate.com/tutorials/products/publishing-a-project-for-ipad-or-html5.aspx

Jamie Morgan

Hi Scott,

The company I work for has deployed a few courses meant for our life insurance producers, which obviously needs to be secured. We publish the course and upload it to our internal web server (unsecured). We then have a secured website that the life insurance product must sign into to access. We simply put the URL for the course (hosted on our unsecured server) behind a link on a page within the secure site. Hopefully that made sense.

The producer can then access that site either on their desktop or via an iPad by entering their credentials. When they click the link to launch the course, it's launching the course from the unsecured server, which can be launched directly in the Mobile Player.

Scott Andre

Hi Jamie - thanks for your great response. This approach sounds very interesting. May I ask a couple follow-up questions?

  1. What do you mean by an "internal" web server that is "unsecured"? I want to make sure I am understand this correctly.
  2. Does this approach still pose a risk? Could a producer log into the secured website, copy the URL and then share it with someone outside of your company?

Thanks so much for sharing! I'm anxious to hear your response.

Scott

Scott Andre

Thanks Peter,

I appreciate all the resources you list on this site. I am an advocate of your stie as an excellent resource. In my case I had already learned the basics of pulishing Storyline from your site. Unfortunately I still need to figure out how to serve one challenging audience;

  • Internal employees who need to access proprietary modules and need to consume on the iPad using your mobile player.

I know how to publish so that the mobile player will be used. What I can't figure out is where to host the training so that it is "protected" but still accessible by your mobile player. Any ideas?

Thanks!

  Scott

Jamie Morgan

When I say unsecured, it means that there is no login required to access information on that server. If I know the URL, I could launch the course from home outside of any work firewall or other security measures.

For us, we have accepted the risk that someone could potentially copy the URL once they click the link that is inside our secure site. At some point, you have to accept that you can only protect so much. In reality, there are free screen capture software everywhere so technically if they want to share your content, they can simply launch the course and take screen shots of it and pass it on to whomever they want. The illusion of security really is just that, an illusion.

Perhaps there is a way to launch a course that hides the URL. That's outside my expertise if that is a possibility.

Widya  Y

Hi Peter,

I am sorry if I ask a different question but still related to storyline and ipad. I have been downloading my projects to ipad before the Update 1. Things have gone smoothly and the offline button is available so that the programs can be re-viewed offline. However, after I download and install update 1, I can no longer do that. The offline button in the library is missing and thus the programs cannot be downloaded and viewed offline. Please help me to solve this problem as I need immediate solution so that all the projects can be administered on time. Thank you very much for your help!

Peter Anderson

Hi Widya!

Are you having any trouble viewing offline material not published for Articulate Online? I ask because it sounds like you're experiencing expected behavior, as Articulate Online requires an Internet connection to view and track content. As a result, we've currently disabled the ability for courses hosted in Articulate Online to be viewed offline in the iPad app. This article has more. 

Sorry for any inconvenience...

Widya  Y

Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for this instant reply! So, there is a change in Articulate Online I am not aware of.

Is there any way I can put my projects in my students' ipads (as I did through Articulate Online earlier) so that they don't need to go online to view them? I have been desperate not being able to have my students downloaded the projects. Thank you very much beforehand Peter!

Peter Anderson

Hello

After you publish from Storyline and upload your content to a web server, you just give learners a link to the story.html file. They’ll see the right format for the browser or device they’re using. See this article for details on how this happens.

If you need a place to upload your published course, you can try Dropbox. It's free:

http://dropbox.com

Then upload your published content to the Public folder in your Dropbox account as demonstrated in this video screencast:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/143914364

Or, publish directly to your Dropbox\Public folder as demonstrated in this video screencast:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/143914426 

Garry Nordenstam

Scott, do you have a secure website for field employees, or corporate intranet that they can remotely log into? If so, why not place the files on that server? Only credentialed users will have access to the site. Then, when the employee hits the link to the story.html file on the web page, it will determine which version to load as indicated in the link provided by Peter. We were on the PACT panel together, if you'd like to connect, let me know.