Password Protection for E-Learning Course

Jun 29, 2013

is it possible to set a password for a published course through Storyline? Fellow users must have seen a similar feature in Adobe Captivate, would be nice if this is present in Storyline too.. 
17 Replies
Dave Neuweiler

Hello Nalin, I'm not using Storyline, but this can be done in Presenter, and I'm pretty sure Storyline can accomplish the same effect.

In Presenter, place a Quizmaker Quiz as the first screen. The quiz has a single fill-in-the-blank question, the answer for which is the password.

If the correct password is submitted, the quiz properties will allow the user to reach the next screen, which would be the published course content.

If the correct password is not supplied, the quiz properties can be set to keep the user right there in the quiz.

You'd also have to take steps to ensure that the user can't skip the quiz using the navigation panel.

I hope that helps!

Hilda Fyock

I just needed an entry login of some kind. Below is what worked for me: I will be setting my Menu navigation to Restricted. 

Changing the navigation method

When you first begin a Storyline project, the navigation method defaults to Free — meaning that users can view your slides in any order. In some cases, if you're building a linear course and want learners to move through your content one slide at a time, you might want to switch to Locked or Restricted navigation. This prevents learners from using the menu to jump to other slides. Here's how to switch, and how to decide which navigation method to choose:

  1. Click the gear icon (the Additional Options button) at the lower-right of the Menu pane.
  2. When the Additional Options window appears, use the Navigation Restriction selector to choose one of the following:
    • Free: This allows learners to click on the titles in the course's menu to navigate to any part of the course at any time. They can view whatever slides they wish, in any order.
    • Restricted: This means learners can view the current slide and any slide they've previously viewed, but they can't use the menu to jump ahead or skip over slides.
    • Locked: This means learners can only view the slides in the order you've designed. They can't use the menu to jump ahead or skip over slides, nor can they use it to skip back to any previously viewed slides.
  3. Click OK when you're done.

Keep in mind that if you use Locked or Restricted navigation, this only affects your learners' ability to click on menu items to navigate. If your slides include a Previous or Next button, users will still be able to click those to move forward and backward in your course at will. To prevent that, there are a few things you can do:

  • One approach is to remove the Previous and/or Next buttons from specific slides by changing the Slide Properties. Then, either make the slide advance automatically (which you can also do in the Slide Properties), or create your own Previous and/or Next buttons and use the Timeline to delay the buttons' appearance until the slide is finished playing.
  • Another approach is to add a condition to the Next button's trigger, so that the button works only if a specific condition is met (such as the slide timeline ending). For more on how to add conditions to your triggers, see this tutorial.

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