Publishing from Storyline 2 & Hosting on D2L

Dec 16, 2015


I'm new to Storyline, and Articulate in general, and have so far figured out how to publish my projects to Articulate Online. I also managed to publish to the Web, email myself the zip file, and view the project that way. However, I'd like to learn how to publish in a format that is uploadable to D2L (Desire to Learn), our university's LMS. So far, I haven't had much luck finding someone from our school to help with this since our IT department doesn't support Articulate.

I don't necessarily need to have reports of student progress. I just want them to be able to access and use the content.

Thanks in advance for any help I can get on this!


15 Replies
Jennifer Jorquera

Hi Ashley & Christie,

Thank you both for your prompt replies! I took Ashley's recommendation and published for an LMS, choosing SCORM 2004. I then followed the step in "How to Publish for LMS in SL2" when it says to upload the zipped folder onto the LMS. I see now that the zipped folder is on the content page of my D2L site. I'm able to then view the site as a student, but I think the only way to see the Storyline project is to download the entire zipped folder, extract the files, and then run the story.html file. Is there a way that students can just click on one link or file name and actually view the content within D2L? Another department has used Articulate with D2L in the past, and they showed me a project that did open and play within D2L. I've contacted them and am sure they'll be helpful, but they're out of the office until after the holidays.



Christie Pollick

Hi, Jennifer -- Perhaps you would want to consider the possibility of using the option to publish for Web? As described in that article, "If you need to give learners access to a standalone course via the Internet or an intranet, and if you don't need to track their progress, then web publishing is for you." Please let us know if you think that choice will work for your students! 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Corinne,

SCORM Cloud is a free industry standard for LMS testing, so it's where we do the majority of our LMS testing and if it works there, it should work in your LMS too. Or at the very least give your LMS admins a bit more information about why it's not working at D2L. 

Now to double check a few things just since you mentioned being new to Storyline...

  • Are you following the steps here to publish to LMS? You'll see there are a few different SCORM options, and you'll want to use the one that D2L supports...but you'll need to confirm that with your LMS admin. 
  • Did you publish the files to a local drive? Publishing to a network or shared drive is known to cause some issues with odd behavior. 
  • Once you've completed the publish process, are you using the "Zip" button on the publish successful pop up, vs. zipping it manually yourself? I'd recommend the built in "Zip" button as that way Storyline handles all the messy work. 
  • Once you've got that zip file, you'll want to upload the entire thing to your LMS. If they require you to point to a specific start file, you're going to want to use the index_lms.html as you'll see mentioned at the bottom of the publishing tutorial. 
  • I don't know much about D2L - but I found this page that says they support SCORM 2004 and some steps to upload your SCORM package. Are those the steps you're following? 

Let us know if you're still having difficulty after checking out those suggestions! 

Saira A

Hi Corinne,


Were you able to get the content to show, I found publishing it and using the HTML5 link, that shows my content.  Also in my browser settings you need to have checked the Flash default to allow for this site, otherwise it doesn't work.

Im now stuck on trying to embed my Storyline, SWF in the templates in Brightspace.

Thank you,





Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Saira, 

I'm not sure if Corinne is still subscribed here, as the post is a bit older - but you could always use the "contact me" button on a ELH users' profile to reach out to them directly! Keep in mind that if you're using SWF files with Storyline, those won't work in your HTML5 output. 

Best of luck with your project and please let me know if you need anything else! 

Lori Sullivan

Hello D2L Users,

Publish your course for LMS - (I use SCORM 2004) and create a ZIPPED package.

  1. Access the desired course.
  2. Select Edit Course.
  3. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  4. Select Import Components and Start.
  5. Drop (or browse) the zipped file into the upload area.
  6. Important - Select Advanced Options.
  7. Allow D2L to analyze package.
  8. Select Continue.
  9. Select All Components
  10. Enter file path in Import File To section under Advanced Options. Example: Storyline_Coursename
  11. Select Continue
  12. Confirm selections and select Continue.

The course will now be displayed in the Content area as a link. D2L automatically determines the appropriate launch link during the import/extraction process.

If your course is being scored using a quiz, a grade item will automatically be created. If you are tracking by the number of slides viewed, you can review tracking details using Content > Related Tools > View Reports > [Legacy SCORM Reports] or [SCORM Reports] depending on SCORM settings setup for your organization. Tracking details are available here if you are using a scored quiz as well.

Hope this information helps!


Corinne Trout


Sorry for my delayed response. Thank you for all your support! I was successful in working with our IT person in getting my project into D2L.

Next obstacle is edX and determining if SL2 (and SL3) is compatible. If so we might look at a SL3 purchase and also at using SL2 in edX. I inquired about this elsewhere on here and I think the general thought was that it may not be at this time.....not sure if anyone here can confirm?

Thanks and thank you all again for you response to my last inquiry!


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Thanks Lori for sharing! 

Corrine, I'm not incredibly familiar with edX, but a quick search I didn't see a way to upload courses there. If the support SCORM, AICC or Tin Can API - then Storyline 2 and Storyline 3 could be used for publishing and uploading there (Also, Rise, Studio, etc. all have those publishing options).

Keep us posted if you get a definitive answer - and if you're able to check with edX that'd be my next recommendation! 

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