Need help deciding file structure (a single course with many individual modules)

Hi folks, I'm new to Storyline (just installed it yesterday), and I have a general question regarding course layout.   I'm having trouble knowing how to tie a sub-set of courses to the Introductory section (and how to handle the objectives because they'll be scattered throughout a bunch of difference courses/files).

The overall goal of my course is to teach people how to eat the Paleo way  ("Learning to Eat the Paleo Way").  Subtopics are shown below.

Course Structure (as I see it)

  • Course 1:  Introduction (I'm guessing this is where the objectives would be, but in reality, each course  would have its own objectives).  How can I possibly list all the objectives in this main course?  Or would I condense them - something like this:  Selecting the right foods, purchasing your Paleo food, properly storing the food, cooking your food
  • Course 2:  What is the Paleo Diet
  • Course 3:  Foods to Eat and Avoid
  • Course 4:  Quality and Variety Do Matter
  • Course 5:  Where to Buy Your Food
  • Course 6:  Eating Paleo on a Budget
  • Course 7:  Stocking the Pantry
  • Course 8:  Storing Foods
  • Course 9: Kitchen Staples
  • Course 10:  Breakfast Food
  • etc.

Rather than include all the material within one Storyline file (too much material), I think it's best to develop small courses, and I'll keep adding to them as time goes by.

Thanks for any tips anyone can provide.


4 Replies
john faulkes

As you can imagine, there is no right answer to this question.  If you have everything in one course, it might get very large; each time you make an edit you'll have to publish and upload the whole thing. On the plus side you will have more overall control, especially if you are using variables across all the modules, and if you need to program all sorts of links between the various modules. Note that you can program a jump to any slide within the current course but you can't easily specify a jump to a specific slide in another course. 

You could of course have the intro plus four courses (as in your condensed four parts in your intro) with the various sub headings in each.

Another issue is if you plan to have quizzes at the end of each section? That's another reason to separate it.

Bob S

Hi Robyn,

Cool project. You are probably already there, but you may want to think about your potential audience.  Are these folks that already know the benefits but struggle with how/practicality of it? Are these folks who aren't sure if it's for them or why it should be?  Or something else?

These fundamental questions can help drive you towards a streamlined "elevator line" for why you built the course.... and hence your unified objective(s).   For example:

  • What is the Paleo way and why should you care?
  • How to make eating the Paleo way work for you
  • The Paleo way  for the modern world: 5 easy steps

Trying to take things from my audience's point of view and what they are concerned about, often helps lead me to a course design that just sort of falls into place around a central message.  Hope it works for you in this case!


Thank for your feedback, John!  I've thought a lot about the layout this weekend and have decided to create a bunch of short courses -- for easier manageability, quizzing, etc.  I'm so new at Storyline - it's a little overwhelming.  I'll post my overview module before too long so see what you pros would have done instead. ;)


Thanks Bob.  Your "audience" point is a good one.   I was planning to mention in the Intro video (via audio) that this "course is not about making a case for the Paleo diet.  This course assumes that you are already sold on the diet and just need some help with knowing what you can and can’t eat, the day-to-day implementation of the diet, as well as some inspiration in the kitchen, and then provide some sort of click option where they can read about what the course is NOT.

This course will not provide the following information. Please see a qualified nutritionist if you need information along these lines.

·         The scientific reasons why you should avoid certain foods and eat more of others

·         What to expect in relation to your specific health problem (if you have one)

·         Information on food sensitivities

·         Guidance on whether or not to continue medications

·         Navigating the complex world of supplements

·         How to work with your doctor

That said though, I plan to still give a little overview about what the Paleo diet is and how it can benefit people (just to set the stage for the whole course).  I guess that is where I'll put the overall objectives.