Challenge - make this interactive

For my industry, we are required to provide customers with timed training.  A timer must be displayed in the course (so storyline is out).    The course must take X hours to complete so navigation is locked.  

In the past, all of our training has been straight forward, linear, narration.  When the section is finished being narrated, customers click next to go on.  I know - boring.

We are wanting to take the next step and making our training more "interactive" - i do own Studio Pro 13 so we have a full range of tools to work with.  

Attached is a word doc showing the type of material we are required to present.  Primarily, Regulatory Codes and Law.  

I know for some items we can use guided image, checklist, accordion,  and tabs -  but i'm hoping for insight on taking our required information and using many of articulate's other tools - or even an interaction based in powerpoint.

To me, the "law" section is more challenging to interact with than the codes - especially since you can't paraphrase anything.


4 Replies
Eric Nalian

Hey Tom,

A couple ideas come to mind for the Law Text section:

  • Make a video where all of the items are either done or not done during the video.  The video will pause at a certain point and ask the learner a question about what just happened.
  • Have an image where the learner will have to identify what is happening: For example, 4-D, you can have a truck that is unlicensed or licensed incorrectly.


Steve Gannon

Hi Tom,

First, I wouldn't give up on Storyline just because it lacks a built in timer. There are many custom timer examples posted by members in the forum. Or, you may be able to use Storyline's quiz timer in a roundabout way to achieve what you want. Also, if you only need to publish for Flash deployment (not ipad or HTML5), you can build a timer in Flash (here's a forum discussion link I posted on this...the sample uses tips provided by James Kingsley).

Regarding your regulatory content, I'm working on something similar now. I walk the learner through key regulations by first showing the regs individually on the screen. The narrator points out key phrases in the regulation and I highlight those phrases in sync with the narration. After presenting a section or subsection of the regulation, I then present a scenario and ask the learner to determine if the individual(s) involved acted within the regulations. I provide a lightbox they can open and close as needed in order to review the regulation as they consider the case study. After they make their decision (which is often "Yes", "No", or "Not enough info to determine"), extensive feedback is provided with relevant portions of the regulation highlighted for them.

As far as presenting the scenarios, I often present these visually as a story (complete with characters, scenes, equipment, etc.) that the learner can replay if desired. The regulations you are tasked with presenting, according to your Word doc, provide a lot of opportunity for visually rich scenarios. You could present the learner with a task to complete via a series of immersive interactions. Using Storyline's variables, you can keep track of the things they click on and redirect their path based on the steps they take (e.g. end up with a happy customer vs. someone getting electrocuted!)

Hope that gives you some ideas!

Steve Gannon

GanTek Multimedia

Bob S

Hi Tom,

One thing we did for a regulatory series of courses once was an "expert" panel of characters. Each character (head shot only) gave a brief bio of themselves like experience, expertise area, role, etc.

Then as scenarios were presented dealing with the regulations/laws, you had to click on which "expert" you were going to take advice from. Sometimes they agreed, sometimes they didn't.

Of course after each choice the fully correct answer was shared along with which expert had it right.

Hope this helps and good luck!