One 6-hour Course Built in Presenter?

Jun 16, 2011

Hello Community!

Has anyone designed/developed and then Published for LMS one 6-hour elearning course in Presenter, with Engage Interactions and 10 Quizmaker quizzes? Our project will have just static images (photos), audio narration for up to 2 hours, and no video elements, and no links out to the WWW.

My proposal is to build 6 one-hour modules, to make course maintenance and publishing easier for the client. Plus, I'm concerned about how a 6-hour course will load when the learner clicks to launch it. Six one-hour modules are common, and much easier to load at launch.

Your Experience

Does anyone have experience with having published a 6-hour Articulate Studio course to an LMS? If yes, what happened? (The good and the bad.)

Thanks much!


7 Replies
Stefano Posti

I did. 7,5 hours.

But the course was made of 4 SCORM packages, i.e. 4 Articulate projects, full of flash videos, interactions, quizzes.

No problem to have a big articulate project, as far as the .ppta file grows up not too much... I don't know the actual depends on how robust your PC is, too...

It could be dangerous!

I think you should consider building a course with an initial presentation module and pre.assessment test (similar to the final quiz, to validate learning effectiveness)

then publish 4-5-6 modules as SCORM packages, each with an ending intermediate quiz to track user progress; a final test.

much better to maintain!

Jenise Cook (

Gracie, Stefano:

To make sure I understand... when you say you have 4 Articulate projects, I'm assuming you mean separate, individual modules each with it's own, separate PPT/PPTA, correct?

That is what I'm designing for my client. If they might say they want one Articulate Project/Package, then I hope to have the comments from our colleagues in this Forum thread to refer to for guidance.

I do have an "overview" module, but we can't build a pre-assessment (as much as I'd like to) due to the client's requirements. And, each Module already has it's own Final Assessment.

I'm feeling very, very, very cautious about one, single Articulate Project (1 PPT/PPTA) that would be 6 hours in duration (seat time).... if they may want to go in that direction.

Like you, Stefano, I know standalone Modules of about 1-hour duration will be easier for scoring and for maintenance (revisions).

Steve Flowers

For multi-session, Phil's right. You could run into issues with suspend_data length. It's the "SCORM Cookie" and you'll find that you may not be able to track completions for courses with too many slides. The specification for SCORM1.2 and 2004 early versions was around 4000 characters as I remember. Most LMS supported higher storage limits. The limit bumped up to 64K for 2004r3 if I'm remembering correctly (too lazy to look it up).

You could test this by dropping in a heap of blank slides (the number you'd estimate for each lesson component - I suppose) and pushing to the LMS.

Jill Freeman

Hi, all. I'm in the same boat that Jenise was in, with a client who wanted a very long course. I've always "heard" that 90 to 100 slides is pushing it for ease in working with the PPT, publishing, and also for load time for the student. I wonder if the Articulate gurus can tell me if there is an official recommendation for course size?

I convinced the client to allow me to build 5 separate modules instead of one large course. They are still fixated on having one "unified" course.  The reasons against one large course, as I understand it:

A large course is likely to take considerable time to load for the student; Course may not play well (slow response);  Course may not track well in an LMS; Frequent computer crashes during development; Takes developer longer to revise and publish the course, even for small changes (easier to change a section);  Learners learn better when information is presented to them in small digestible chunks.

I know of the following ways to unify the course, while avoiding combining it into one large course:

  1. Dave Moxon's Menu approach (using web objects, I think)
  2. Web page with a menu (hyperlinks) that opens a new window each time, brining student back to original menu window to launch the next section.


This discussion is closed. You can start a new discussion or contact Articulate Support.