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Jeanette Brooks

Hi Amanda - can you say a little bit more about what you mean by "template"? Are you just looking for ideas on the visual design of your course? What type of software simulation are you building?

You might like to take a look at the Sales Orientation course in the Storyline Showcase...that has a neat example of a software sim.

Amanda Coliette

Hi Jeanette,

Thanks for your reply.

I was looking for a template which i can use for building a course which has a software simulation into it.To explain it further an example would be teaching how to use MS word in which we talk about some content and then insert simulation on how to practice a functionality of MS word.A standard template which has menu buttons on the left hand side or likewise.

The software simulation which i am building is for a CRM software which will have a slide explaining the features of an functionality and then how to do that functionality in CRM.



Jeanette Brooks

Hi again Amanda - you could definitely configure your player menu on the left with whatever section titles or menu you want. The options you include there would really be up to you - there's not really a standard look that folks typically use for software simulations. It sounds like you're on the right track with doing a brief explanation of a feature, and then allowing the learner to practice.

If you are using Articulate Storyline, a cool thing is that you can record a task just once and then insert the same video in multiple different ways. For example, you could record your screen movements and narration to show a particular task or feature in MSWord. Once you've recorded, you can insert it as just a regular movie that learners watch, and then insert the same recording as a simulation, where learners have to actually perform the steps while you guide them. It's nice that you don't have to record multiple times to use the movie in multiple ways.

Regarding the simulation part of things, here's a super simple example of an interactive screen recording where I show a few steps for using the E-Learning Heroes website to find a tutorial. Although that example doesn't include a menu because it's very short, you could easily add a sidebar menu to allow the learner to jump to other sections of your course. As you'll see in the example, you can layer things on top of your screen recording to help the learner. In that example, I used one of the Storyline characters, as well as some hint captions that guide the learner through the steps. There are also a few zooms and animated objects to help the learner zero in on the information I want them to focus on.