Sharing my first Articulate module

Hi All

Hands up! Im a newbie...

I've been using Articulate Storyline2 for 5 weeks now and have put together a module for my employers appraisal (PDR) process. Its currently out for testing with a select few but i want this community to give me some expert feedback on my design and (limited) interactions. I've uploaded a version to my amazon s3 account with the branding stripped out of the course... So where is the best place to post the link to get some constructive criticism? 

19 Replies
MaNaCHa R

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for sharing your first course. I understand how important it is to receive feedback.

Below are my comments. Sorry, didn't have time to review the entire course. Overall, for your first course I can see that you put in a lot of time. As you get better [says a newbie to a newbie :-) I'd use more graphics to get the message across wherever you can.

FEEDBACK BEGINS -------------------------------------------

1. What does the ladder represent? It's not so apparent. If it is to represent starting from the bottom then work your way to the top, perhaps you can show an animated climber.

2. Navigation: Personal preference, but I think there's way too much text here. All selections except "Blue Button" are standard and requires less explanation.

3. The Golden Thread: Nice!

Performance Mgmt: same comment...too much text. I think here you can incorporate visuals to limit the amt of reading without loosing the message.


4. Why should we(s)....: Nice!

5. Your learning....: Nice!

6. An In-depth....: clutter (sorry)

7. More on feedback 1&2: Nice!

END FEEDBACK -----------------------

Matthew Davis
MaNaCHa R

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for sharing your first course. I understand how important it is to receive feedback.

Below are my comments. Sorry, didn't have time to review the entire course. Overall, for your first course I can see that you put in a lot of time. As you get better [says a newbie to a newbie :-) I'd use more graphics to get the message across wherever you can.

FEEDBACK BEGINS -------------------------------------------

1. What does the ladder represent? It's not so apparent. If it is to represent starting from the bottom then work your way to the top, perhaps you can show an animated climber.

2. Navigation: Personal preference, but I think there's way too much text here. All selections except "Blue Button" are standard and requires less explanation.

3. The Golden Thread: Nice!

Performance Mgmt: same comment...too much text. I think here you can incorporate visuals to limit the amt of reading without loosing the message.


4. Why should we(s)....: Nice!

5. Your learning....: Nice!

6. An In-depth....: clutter (sorry)

7. More on feedback 1&2: Nice!

END FEEDBACK -----------------------

Thanks for the feedback, it's really appreciated.

Phil Mayor

Hi Mathew

Thanks for sharing, it takes courage to put your work out there so well done.  here are some thoughts:

The menu will look better collapsed (use the cog in the menu settings to do this).

Is there any audio? If not take of the audio button on the player properties.

I think you need a menu item for wider context so you can collapse all, perhaps call the initial slides introduction.

I don't think the location arrow needs to animate in each time (actually I don't think you need it if you sort out the menu on the left.) removing it will give you more room.

I would move away from the default colours find a palette online or use your brand colours.

I don't like text entry questions as typically your user types nonsense but this is a good interaction, timing the animations better so the text either qrtite on the clipboard or animates in with the clipboard.  On the reveal that would look good on a different coloured clipboard.

Your iPad aspect ratio is skewed you can reset the image to make it look right at the moment it looks wrong.

For the course map image I don't think it needs to animate each time you see it, also I think animations for fly in look better if they don't fly over anything like the header or the border on the rounded rectangle.

On the in-depth look at a reviewer the bullets would look much better left aligned, also instead of using line breaks to separate paragraphs use the paragraph settings, 6pts should suffice.

The default captions have a shadow applied to the text, probably best to take this off, makes it much easier to read.

Where you have two captions next to each other why not fly one in from left and the other right?

Sorry if they are too critical these are the things I would pick up when reviewing my own work.

Thanks for sharing

 

Phil

 

Christine Hille

Matt - You did a great job! especially for a newbie... I am a newbie too so welcome to the club.  I liked the interactions a lot.. people popping up, scenarios, writing on clipboards, etc.  The punctuation distracted me I always see mistakes... no periods after bullets, a few missing words.  I liked that each time what section we are in came up on the screen.  The navigation directions were too long for me.  It bothered me to wait for stuff to show up on the screen so often so maybe it could come up quicker.  I felt like I stared at a blank screen too often waiting for the next thing to show.  The bulleted list that is centered is a distraction much better as two lists or to the right or the left.  Looks like a blob in the middle.  Love the videos!!!  Excellent job.. keep practicing!

Matthew Davis

A big thanks to all the people who posted their views and feedback. Its been great to read them all and act on the majority of them. For those that are interested here is a version of the course with those edits made

Couple of things to note; the colours mirror our branding even tho they look very close to the articulate default. I've turned off one of the videos in this version to respect privacy.

Helena Smith

Ok I was able to review the file with the edits and overall I really liked the presentation. 

I wasn't sure about the changing of background color.  (the blue button option) 

I love the navigation idea. (something that I should consider) 

If the lesson doesn't have volume, you can remove it by going to the player menu and de-selecting the volume control box. 

The computer icon verbiage was running into the headliner text (I would also consider a different icon but if not, its ok)

I enjoy your use of motion paths.  Very engaging. 

I like the slides that allow the users to input information and the next slide shows not only the users information but the suggestions for training.  (I would like to know how you created that)