Organizing a hugely complex curriculum around one navigation piece

We are beginning to rethink and rebuild our entire curriculum, that was previously based solely on the instructors' slide sets. We're working to unify the course work so that the students will have the same presentation the instructor does and have their self study assets for each module. So here's the complex part, as we worked through the needed modules and topics the number of individual pieces exploded! Here's an example: 

Navigation

4 top level module, each with around 8 topics, and each topic with up to 6 pieces. They aren't all defined, but that could be up to 192 presentations, quizzes, or resources (primarily created in Storyline).

Ok, now that I covered the complexity here's the question: How do you organize such a behemoth? File management and organized file structure is important with several designers working on it. We started to have one master file with all content in it (that's been imported from development files), with a scene for each topic and resource. But now that the total complexity is up to nearly 200 that won't work. 

One last kink is that we have to deliver the content without relying on internet access as it's not guaranteed across every region. Files will be loaded onto machines manually.

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Dennis Hall

Hi Brad:

So you have 3 issues that should be dealt with in isolation:

  1. Large quantity of slides/resources (I assume the originals were PPT)
  2. Shared Libraries
  3. Offline media delivery

For 1. If you have Directly imported the PPT files to Storyline, that took care of getting the resources into the project, but now you want to store each recourse in it's own PPT related folder. you can do this using a PPT to HTML converter like PPTools. This will export your PPT into folders and place the slide images in sub-solders related to the slide. From this output, your should organize your content by Module, then Section, then slide.

 For 2. Once 1 is done, 2 should be relatively easy. You'll be able to ZIP and FTP the resources to a web platform, or share them via DropBox or other platform. If your sharing internally, I recommend a Course name and Code folder on a shared network drive ensuring everyone on the team has read/write access. If you want to version and share over the internet while ensuring it is all private, contact me, I'll provide you a light-weight non-DB solution.

 For 3. Since Storyline no longer supports creating removable media you can use portable web-servers (otherwise known as Webservers on a stick). I use Stunnix on USB Drives and it's great for hosting any web enabled content without an internet connection. Stunnix also carries a FireFox browser runtime version (like a mini version of FF) and launches it automatically for any content - works perfect with Storyline. Using Stunnix frees me from caring about the users OS or browser at all.

 Hope this helps.

 Best Regards,

Dennis Hall