What publishing options to choose


I've created a series of Articulate Storyline stories each containing 4 or 5 scenes.

I'm ready to publish them but am unsure of which is the best publishing option for me.

I want to publish each of my scenes individually so they effectively become individual "lessons" for users to follow.

I want to host the published lessons on my own website where users will login to access the lessons. The published lessons will have to work cross-platform (on PC, laptop, tablet and phone). 

Can someone please advise me of the best publishing option to select so as to get the result I'm looking for? 

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Alyssa Gomez

Hi Paolo!

If you don't need to track course completion for your learners, then web publishing is a good option. To learn how to publish Storyline content for web distribution, see this tutorial

After you publish, you'll want to upload the published files to a web server. If you don't have access to a web server, Amazon S3 offers free hosting with generous usage limits. See this video tutorial by Tom Kuhlmann to learn more about Amazon S3.

Paolo Pini

Thank you Alyssa. I was thinking of publishing for LMS as I will be hosting the lessons on my own LMS platform which will manage users through their lessons. 

It does leave me with some questions however:

 1.      As I want to use each scene as an individual lesson for users to access and complete, I assume I will have to copy each scene to its own individual story and then publish each story so the lessons remain as individual lessons.

2.      If I do point 1 above, what do I need to do to ensure my quiz (which is in scene 5) still picks up the questions that appear in earlier scenes?

Can you advise me of the best publishing options so as to get the result I'm looking for? 

Alyssa Gomez

Hi again, Paolo!

You are correct - if you want to publish each scene separately, you'll want to either open a new file and import the slides from the scene 1 into the new file, or do a "Save As: Scene 1" of the original file, then delete all but scene 1 in the new file. I'd recommend those options over copy/pasting slides from one file to another, as that can sometimes cause unexpected behavior. 

And by the way, in case you're using Storyline 360, you can publish one scene at a time

It sounds like you'll want to use a question bank for your quiz in scene 5, and include all of the questions from the previous scenes. You can choose the option "Draw Questions Randomly" if you'd like a random sampling of those questions.

Alyssa Gomez

Hey Paolo, great question! My colleague Ashley wrote a fantastic comparison of Storyline 2 vs. Storyline 360, where she explains the benefits of using Storyline 360 over Storyline 2. I'd encourage you to check that out! 

And for a quick look at all the new features Storyline 360 has to offer, take a look at this table

I hope this is helpful, and please let us know if you have any other questions!