what interaction is best for this?

I am a newbie and could use some advice. I have a lesson that gives students five choices, all of which are surprisingly wrong. After choosing 1 to 5, or not choosing any, in my mind they click Submit. If any are chosen this goes to the Incorrect Answer layer; if none were chosen it goes to Correct Answer layer: in both cases I explain why the five choices were all wrong, then both layers move on (how?) to a new slide where I explain the right answer. 

Does this make sense? What interactive tool (checklist, drag and drop etc) would you use for this? The lesson is a small part of the Success in Western Schools four-course program I am making for international students, High School to Grad School. 

Thank you.  

12 Replies
Daniel Canaveral

Hi Greg!  Welcome to the community.  We were all once "newbies" ourselves, so I enjoy helping a fellow traveler get up to speed with this amazing software.

So!  At first glance, it seems like your desired interaction could be accomplished by implementing one of Storyline's freeform question slides:  Pick One.  Once a Pick One slide is in place, it will present you with two views: Form View and Slide View. Within the Form View, you can designate how the interaction treats certain elements found on your slide. In the attached story file, I've inserted five radio buttons and assigned each of these to be a "choice" the learner can choose from. Because none of the choices will be "correct," I've avoided assigning one by leaving the circles in the Correct column blank/unfilled.

Moving back into the Slide view, I set up a couple of text boxes to hold my question and a graphic for visual interest. I also included a custom Submit button. I did this intentionally to avoid Storyline's built-in warning which shows when the learner presses the default Submit button (the checkmark) before making a selection. With the triggers I have in place, the Correct feedback layer will still show after this warning appears, but it's better to avoid seeing the warning all together. Utilizing a custom button allows us to bypass the warning and jump straight to the appropriate layer.

You'll notice I also inserted a hotspot behind all the other elements. There is a trigger set up that says, When the hotspot is clicked, any radio button that is selected will become normal (i.e., deselected). By default, radio button sets are set up so that once a button is selected, it cannot be "deselected," so this trigger allows a learner to change their mind before finally hitting Submit.

Hope that helps! And good luck in your future projects!

Greg Bissky

Daniel, you have no idea how happy I am. Thank You Thank You Thank You. With all my (many) failed attempts today I've proven that a little bit of knowledge doesn't help at all. ;-)  I should go back and spend a few more days on tutorials, but I've always been a learn-by-doing (making mistakes) type of guy.  

Greg Bissky

对你没问题,对我来说大问题. How did you know I speak Mandarin? I lived in Taiwan for 16 years total, and worked up and down East Asia since 1990. 

Daniel, I have another problem. I can't get my lesson to go slide to slide even when I have set triggers (I think) on NEXT buttons. My story view looks different than others I've looked at; the slides are disconnected from each other. See attached file.

BTW your radio buttons example worked perfectly!! It is one of the slides herein.         

Daniel Canaveral

Oh, I make it a habit to see if folks have a YouTube channel (8 out of 10 times they do).  As someone who spent a good amount of time in Singapore and the surrounding areas, I found your channel insightful.

Ah! I see what's going on here.  Looks like you may have accidently deactivated the trigger on your initial slide that allows the button to jump to the next slide.  This is indicated by the strikethrough lines on the trigger.  To toggle between active and inactive, simply click the thunderbolt icon:

activate trigger

Also, while there are times when you will want to set the "When revisiting..." option to "Automatically,"  I've found that "Reset to initial state" works well as a general setting:

when revisiting

Also also, it's worthwhile to consider deactivating the previous and next buttons (as appropriate) when elements are inserted on the slide to take the place of those buttons:


For example, on your second slide, you have a button that, when clicked, will take the learner to the following slide.  Consequently, you can safely uncheck the Next boxes so the learner understands they are to interact with the button on the slide and not the Next button along the bottom on the player.

Just a couple of tips for ya! :)


Greg Bissky

Thanks again Daniel. Worked perfectly. Still, it is very hard for my 68-year-old eyes even to see that disable/enable icon. Sigh. Better than trying to read Adobe screens though. ;-)

Re: the Next button, I want to prevent students from being able to move forward before they are finished with whatever is on the screen. Or maybe with only the version sold to School Boards. I'm thinking university students might want more control over pace, and as most will be student purchases, there is no one to check they've done all the work. 

In some ways I miss working in the corporate milieu ... and in some ways I don't. ;-) 

Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'll be back for more. 




Liz Tyler

Hi Greg,

I know you've received the help you needed but I have another solution, just to give you the information. I would have potentially set up a multiple response question with many response options with one of them that says something like: 'None of these options are correct' so they can then choose as many options as they think are correct (all of the incorrect responses won't be checked in the correct column in the form view when you set the question up) or they can choose just that one correct response (which obviously would be checked on the form view). I would then set the question to just one attempt using the top ribbon. That way, when they submit their choice or choices it can then lead to the correct or incorrect feedback option - which would obviously have to be worded in the correct feedback option to say something like 'Correct - NONE of the of the options are right'. Also, I would find it quite confusing if I had to just click submit without having chosen any answer - that's a very unusual scenario when you're asking them to choose options in the text - so the multiple response question means they do get to choose answers.

I hope that makes some sort of sense?


Gregory Bissky

Thank you very much Elizabeth. The response I've had so far from Heros is
amazing. Not just at the clear answers and solutions to my questions, but
also for the generosity and of making me feel welcome. I love to share what
I know and the more I learn about Articulate the more I smile. Giggle even.
So many possibilities.

I look forward to being proficient enough to be a Hero myself, sharing what
I know and helping others. Sounds like a good gig.

So, Tally Ho.

Thaddeus Ashcliffe

As an educator, I strongly disagree with the setup.  Never violate your student's expectations or understanding of what you expect them to do.  

Creating a text where all answers are false betrays their reasonable expectations and violates their assumed expectations of how your assessments work. 

If you are ever going to mess with this at all you MUST clearly explain what you are doing and show an example of this. 

You might be able to get away with this in real life, or if this was just a game.  However, eLearning environments suck.  Never forget that for the student this is a bad compromise for a better experience.  You are not there to answer their questions and to give them feedback.  You are not there to reassure them by your presence that you, as a person know what you're doing and wish them no ill.  With software all students can assume is that something is broken.