Scenes withing stories

Mar 14, 2014


I'm creating stories with approximately 5 scenes in each.  Each scene is effectively a 'lesson' which I want users to complete before they move on to the subsequent scene or 'lesson'.

When I publish my story how can I set it up so that users have to complete scene or lesson 1 before they can move on to scene or lesson 2 etc?

My aim is to feature each story on our website as a learning module so ordered progression and tracking is important.

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Paolo,

There are a few ways you could set this up, but you'll need to set them up before publishing. I'd suggest the easiest way would be to adjust the navigation method to one of the below:

    • 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.
  1. 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.
Paolo Pini

Hi Ashley

Thank you for your reply.

I've setup up the slides to restricted and added my own next and previous buttons so they only become active when the timeline for each slide ends. That all works fine. However my concern is how I manage the transition from one scene to another. I've set up stories with 5 scenes. I want users to complete one scene per week so that they complete the story in 5 weeks. I want them to complete scene 1 in week 1 and then come back in week 2 and complete scene 2 etc. How do I manage the transition between scenes to achieve this?

I thought i could just publish each scene as an individual story but that leaves me with a problem because  scene 5 is a quiz week drawing random slides from scenes 1-4 as the question bank. I assume if I treat each scene as an individual story then there will be no link between them so the question bank will not be able to draw on slides from other scenes. 

Sorry to to be a pain!

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Paolo,

There isn't a built in way to link from one project to another or restrict a user from accessing the scene till a particular date. This may be something you'd want to check with your LMS regarding if you could restrict the user from accessing an individual story until a set date has arrive and/or they've completed the previous course. For scene/story 5, you could set up your .story file with all the same slides as scenes 1-4 with a random question bank draw to allow it to have the same functionality. 

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