Advice/feedback on my first Storyline project

I apologize in advance if this is not the right spot for a post like this.

I'm just getting started with ID and trying to learn Articulate Storyline.

Here is my first project I made using the program. It is a short quiz about taking care of cats... because cats. I wanted to practice making a multiple choice quiz and just getting a feel for the program.

My Cat Care Quiz

I'd appreciate any feedback, keeping in mind that this is my first project, so I still don't know how to do a lot in Storyline.

Some specific questions I have:

Are there any simple/easy things I can do to improve it?


I thought it would be nice to have some cat meow/hiss sounds - is there a site to get free audio clips?


Is it okay to use stock photos in this way for a portfolio piece? I was imagining this was a mock-up shown to a company/cat shelter organization, and if they approved of the photos, then they would buy the stock photos or perhaps take similar photos of their own cats.


Is it okay to use information from online sources for portfolio pieces? The information from this quiz came from a blog - https://www.mistycats.com/cat-care.html - that I cite in the description of this quiz. Do I need to cite it in the course itself?

 

Update: I have updated my quiz a bit based on the feedback given so far (thank you!).

The updated cat care quiz.

I cleaned up the quiz feedback interactions and replaced the stock images with free online images. I searched on Bing and filtered to the "free to share and use" option. Is this alright?

I'm still curious about adding short audio clips of cat sounds - does anyone know of any free sources for sound clips?

Any other feedback is welcome!

Thanks again!

12 Replies
Daniel Brigham

Natalie: Nice work here, and thanks for sharing. You use an appropriate and interesting title font, and who doesn't like cute picture of cats? 

Just one piece of advice: I'd put the correct and incorrect feedback on a layer, instead of the next slide. It's like I had to click twice -- once to tell me I got it right, and then again to get more information on the question. Does that make sense?

If this is your first project, then keep on going and sharing. This looks good. --Daniel 

Natalie Budesa

Hi Daniel!

Thank you so much for the feedback! I really appreciate it.

I want to clarify what you mean by putting the feedback on a layer. I was able to copy and paste my feedback slide onto a new layer, but I'm not sure where to go from there. How do I link a correct answer to this layer, and an incorrect answer to another layer? Do I need to remove the pop-up window that says "correct/incorrect"?

-Natalie

Daniel Brigham

Hi, Natalie: I'm back. Here's a screenshot that explains how you can get rid of your third scene (the one with the 7 or so feedback slides.) Essentially, paste your feedback into the built-in Correct and Incorrect layers; edit your feedback masters so they can handle the extra space demanded by cute kittens. --Daniel 

Natalie Budesa

Hi Daniel,

Thank you so much for the detailed explanation. I was able to copy the Correct feedback into the appropriate layer. However, I can't seem to edit the Feedback master to be blank so it can fit the cat pictures and text. 

I have attached a screenshot of what I think I need to do, but isn't working. I go to "edit feedback master" and select a blank master. But when I try to insert it, it always reverts back to a master that has boxes. How can I select a blank feedback master?

Ulises Musseb

Hello. Great work. My two cents about the use of stock photos. I'd suggest against the use of stock photos the way they are in the course. The reason for that is that the watermarks are there in the pictures, and that visible, precisely to prevent people from using images without buying them or without permission.

In my experience, some clients can't care less about that particular detail, but some make a big deal of it. It's always good to err on the side of caution and show that you support preventing misuse of stock photos.

Furthermore, there are places where you can get similar pictures that can be used freely, especially pictures of cats (some people say that 50% of the Internet is owned by cats, so there's plenty to choose from).

Natalie Budesa

Hi Ulises,

I appreciate your feedback. My intention was that if the client liked the stock photos, they would then purchase the rights to them and I would replace the pictures in the course with the purchased stock photos. 

However, I would prefer the cleaner look of actual free stock photos. I will look for free pictures of cats to replace them. So I will look for free pictures of cats to replace them. 

Thank you!

David Tait

It's fine to use watermarked stock images only if you're sharing your work directly with a client, with a view to obtaining approval. Then following approval you can purchase the relevant licenses before distributing the course.

I'd be less sure about building out a portfolio piece and sharing it publicly when it contained watermarked images. I guess it would all come down to the T&Cs of each stock site. Personally, if in doubt, I wouldn't use the images.