Using Variables or Slide Settings

Aug 15, 2023

Good Morning Team! I am having a memory lapse. In many of my courses, I use a true/false variable to control the navigation of a slide that has a number of buttons on the slide. The Next button is controlled by a trigger to be active only after all buttons have been visited. Then a trigger for the next button to be active if the variable is true. 

The variable is set to false and when the learner proceeds to the following slide a trigger is set to change the variable to true when the timeline starts.

I have been doing this for a couple of years, and use it in all my courses when this situation comes up, but for the life of me I cannot remember why I am using the variable instead of just setting the slide properties to "resume saved state."

I know it was explained to me at one time, but can't remember. Am I just over-engineering the course, or is there value added?

I have attached a course with this functionality used.


4 Replies
Judy Nollet

It's a "quirk" of Storyline that "when the timeline starts" triggers run again when a user revisits a slide, even if the slide is set to "Resume saved state." 

Thus, a trigger that disables Next when the timeline starts on an interactive slide typically has a condition based on a T/F variable, so that it only runs if the variable = False. So setting the variable to True when the interaction is done will prevent that trigger from running again. 

FYI: This post has info about that and other ways to control the Next button: TIP: Controlling the NEXT Button 101 - Articulate Storyline Discussions - E-Learning Heroes 

Judy Nollet

"Resume saved state" impacts objects on the slide. It doesn't control Player elements like the Next button. 

So the benefit of using a variable and trigger arrangement is that it allows you to disable Next, enable it when an interaction is done, and keep it enabled when a user revisit the slide.