Storyline Quiz Question Settings

Apr 12, 2013

In Storyline, I've set up a question at the end of each section with a text entry field and clicking the Submit button to view a new layer with Expert's answer. If the user clicks Submit without typing in the field, a note appears saying they need to type a response first. The only problem is that this also makes the Expert's answer open as well.

What settings do I use so that this doesn't happen?

I want it to function this way:

1). when the user has not entered text and clicks Submit, show the pop up note but not the expert's answer

2). when the user has completed the text field and clicks Submit, show the expert's answer.

4 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Peg,

Sounds like you may want to use a variable to check whether or not that text field has been used by the learner. Of course, you may already be using this in your course. If not, it may be something you can try out. Maybe a True/False or even a number variable would work for you.

Are you able to share the .STORY file, or a mock-up of what you have so far? I'd be happy to take a look and see if I can share some additional suggestions.



Peg Simmons

Thanks Christine for the guidance. I had forgotten about variables. This is my first Storyline course although I've been using Studio for several years. I need a bit of hand holding as I work through the capabilities of the program and what I envision happening really happening.

Do I attach the variable to the text entry field? Or to the Submit button? Or something else? Or to nothing?

Christine Hendrickson

Good morning Peg! 

Josh is correct, you can do this with the existing variable, or work with a new one. 

To answer your question about where to attach the variable, you'll want to actually base that trigger and condition along with the "Submit" button, since you want to display either the "Expert Answer" or the pop-up note when the learner hits submit. 

An easy way to incorporate your "pop-up note" layer, would be to place the content on the "Try Again" layer, if you're allowing unlimited or multiple attempts for the question. This way, whenever they answer incorrectly, they'll see the content on that feedback layer. If this is an option for you, it'll save you a step. You can make even more modifications and customization to this layer by modifying the feedback Master.

Another easier way to modify the pop-up note you'd like to display is to actually customize the text displayed for the "Invalid Answer" prompt. If a learner doesn't fill out a text field in a quiz, there is a default pop-up in the player that will display if the learner hasn't entered any text. While you can't customize this quite as much as the "Try Again" layer, it may be a faster option for you.

To try this out, click on the "Player" option under the "Publish" menu in Storyline. Then, click on "Text Labels". Scroll down to item numbers 16 & 17. Here you can modify the title and the text that's displayed in the "Invalid Answer" prompt to whatever you'd like to show to your learners, when they haven't filled out the text field. 

Going back to your "Expert Answer" layer, you can do something similar here as well that may be a little easier for you. What you could do is provide your content on the "Correct" layer for the quiz question. This way, if the learner answers the question correctly, they will see your custom content after submitting their answer. You can do the same thing I mentioned earlier; you can customize the content displayed on this layer by modifying the content in the feedback Master. 

If you have any trouble with this, or any questions, just let us know! Again, you're more than welcome to share the .STORY file here. I'd be happy to take a look and see if I can get this set up for you, and share the steps as well.

Thanks Peg! I hope you have a great Monday.


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