Storyline Demo: ‘Risk Towers’ – with immersive graphics and sound

We’ve recently started using Articulate Storyline (March 2013) and wanted to share with the community what we’ve produced so far.  The course is called ‘Risk Management’ and is set in a fictional building called ‘Risk Towers’ where learners discover what they need to know about risk management.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the graphics and sound to make it more immersive - hopefully this has paid off but we’d love to hear your thoughts!

http://demo.unicorntraining.com/ClientArea/Storyline/RiskManagement/story.html

Many thanks,

Steve

64 Replies
Laith Salama

Hi Steven,

Nice example, very smart and the interactivity is brilliant! Never thought Risk Management training could be fun lol. I'd ask for you to share the .story file to see how some of the components work but if it's for a client I understand it can't be shared and after some SL tinkering i'm sure I could understand it.

Love it m8!

Thanks for sharing

Laith

Steve Andrews

James McLuckie said:

Looks great, Steven, but rather painful for me to see. I proposed a similar concept to a client for a mentoring e-learning package (called 'Mentor Manor') and they knocked it back.  :(

Good to discover that some clients have taste! 


That's a real shame James. Convincing clients to be brave enough to go with something a bit different is often the hardest part.

We've been in the same boat - and ended up making a diluted version of your original idea that everyone thinks is ok/safe, but nobody actually loves. 

I think you just have to keep trying to come up with good ideas and hope that some will get through!

Cheryl Daubney

Love the concept and the look of the course.   Wish I had access to graphics as great quality as yours!    As a learner I found it a little hard to connect with the content at times (the text seemed a bit 'samey' to me after a while) but I liked the way you linked business risk to personal risk.    Compared to other courses about Risk (have had to create one or two myself!) keeping it interesting and appealing the way you guys have done is a triumph!

   

Bruce Graham

Absolutely gorgeous

Would have loved to take it to the next level with character voiceovers, even just for the bellhop, however, artistically gorgeous.

As above - hope learners to not get too distracted!

Great job - and great thinking about a topic that is so often produced in a way that induces instant boredom.

Bruce 

Kevin Thorn

Nicely done Steve!

I took some time to study the instructional flow and pseudo mapped out a storyboard in my head. I'll bet a summer lemonade that it's not a very complex instructional design at all. It's the STORY you're telling along the way that motivates learners through the content.

I'll also bet a slice of juicy watermelon that majority of the development of this course was sourcing the proper images and graphics and some of the custom graphic work (candy bars) that were needed. Little subtle differences in visuals make a world of difference to what otherwise would be dry content.

By far the best example on the topic of Risk Management I've seen! 

Steve Andrews

Thanks again for the feedback folks. We're really lucky in that we have a team of talented graphic designers and illustrators to rely on.

Since we started using Storyline, we're spending less time actually building courses and more time adding polish and thinking about how best to present information. I think that's down to how easy Storyline is to use and the speed at which it allows you to build. 

I think there's a sweet spot between making a tool powerful enough to do what most people want and keeping it simple enough that most people will want to use it. For me, Storyline pretty much nails that.

James McLuckie

Steven Andrews said:

James McLuckie said:

Looks great, Steven, but rather painful for me to see. I proposed a similar concept to a client for a mentoring e-learning package (called 'Mentor Manor') and they knocked it back.  :(

Good to discover that some clients have taste! 


That's a real shame James. Convincing clients to be brave enough to go with something a bit different is often the hardest part.

We've been in the same boat - and ended up making a diluted version of your original idea that everyone thinks is ok/safe, but nobody actually loves. 

I think you just have to keep trying to come up with good ideas and hope that some will get through!


Yes, that's the challenge, Steven. We eventually went with a course that really is a watered down version of the original concept, and it's just sort of there!

Luckily, the client we are working with at the moment are the exact opposite, and are far more open to creative ideas. 

I look forward to seeing what you guys at Unicorn get up to next.

Steve Andrews

Don Needs said:

Awesome Steven!!!  I'm jealous of your talents!!

May I ask how you showed the loading image between slide loads????  Did you just display it as an additional layer???

Thank you so much!


Hi Don, this was very much a team effort

You're right, the loading image is just another layer. At the moment, Storyline HTML5 playback on iPads and Android tablets (we test using a Nexus 7) is slower than we'd like. So we wanted to give tablet users instant onscreen feedback - some users were clicking the next button repeatedly as they weren't sure if anything was happening. (This seems to be the case on graphic and non-graphic heavy courses.)

Saying that, I'm sure HTML5 performance will improve with Storyline updates. I'm looking forward to testing our Storyline V3 (released last week) to see what improvements it's made.

Dawn Kline

Hi Steve,

I know someone who is the head of enterprise risk management at a large well known company.  I showed her your demo and she loved it.  She would like to know if it is available for purchase or licensing.  If so, please let me know how I can put the two of you in touch with each other.

Thanks,

Dawn