Feedback masters in Articulate Storyline let you control the default themes, colors, fonts, text, and objects for question feedback layers. Save time by using feedback masters to apply a consistent look and feel to feedback layers throughout your course.

Switching to Feedback Master View

To switch to Feedback Master view, go to the View tab on the ribbon and click Feedback Master.

A Storyline course can have as many feedback masters as you want, and every course has at least one. Thumbnail images of your feedback masters appear in the left panel. If you haven't created any yet, you'll see the default feedback master.

A feedback master is a collection of layouts for various types of assessment feedback, including Correct, Incorrect, Try Again, Review, and Thank You. The feedback master thumbnail in the left panel is slightly larger than the thumbnails of its layouts below.

A layout inherits all the properties of its parent feedback master, but you can customize each layout to display content in a specific way. For example, you might design your Correct feedback layout with affirmative text and images, while your Incorrect feedback layout might have placeholders for corrective content.

Adding Feedback Masters and Layouts

Do any of the following to create a new feedback master with several default layouts:

  • Go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon and click Insert Slide Master.
  • Right-click anywhere in the left panel and select Insert Slide Master.
  • Go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon and click Themes. Then, right-click any thumbnail in the gallery and select Add as New Slide Master.

You can also add more layouts to each feedback master. Here’s how:

  1. In the left panel, select the feedback master where you want to add a new layout.
  2. Go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon and click Insert Layout, or right-click the feedback master thumbnail and select Insert Layout.

A new layout will appear at the end of the list of layouts for that feedback master. It'll inherit the properties of its parent feedback master, and it'll have a Title text box (which can be deleted or turned off—see below).

Managing Feedback Masters and Layouts

You can delete, rename, preserve, and duplicate feedback masters and layouts.

  • Delete: To delete a feedback master and all its layouts, select the feedback master in the left panel and press the Delete key on your keyboard (or click Delete on the ribbon). If you only want to delete a layout (but not its parent feedback master), select the layout in the left panel and press the Delete key on your keyboard (or click Delete on the ribbon). Tip: You can't delete a feedback master or layout that's currently being used by slides in your course.
  • Rename: It's a good idea to give your feedback masters and layouts recognizable names. This makes it easier to identify and apply them to slides throughout your course. To rename a feedback master or a layout, select it in the left panel, go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon, and click Rename. (Another way to rename is to right-click a feedback master or layout, then select Rename Master or Rename Layout.)
  • Preserve: If a feedback master isn't currently being used by any slides in your course but you want it to remain with the course for later use, you can preserve it. Just select the feedback master in the left panel, go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon, and click Preserve. (You can also right-click the feedback master and select Preserve Master.)
  • Duplicate: If you want to create new feedback masters or layouts similar to existing ones, just duplicate them. Right-click the feedback master or layout in the left panel, then select Duplicate Slide Master or Duplicate Layout.

Designing Feedback Masters and Layouts

To design your feedback masters and layouts, use the Home, Insert, Transitions, and Animations tabs on the ribbon as well as the following features found on the Feedback Master tab.

  1. The Insert Placeholder drop-down has several optional placeholders for layouts: content, text, picture, character, video, Flash, and web object. After adding a placeholder to a layout, you can resize it and position it where you want it on the slide. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  2. The Title box will display a title placeholder on a layout when it's checked. Uncheck the Title box to remove the title placeholder. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  3. The Themes drop-down lets you apply a consistent design to your feedback masters and layouts. A theme consists of colors, fonts, and objects.

    Note: Although you can apply themes while you're working with feedback masters, it won't appear that the theme has changed until you close Feedback Master view. This is because feedback isn't actually displayed on separate slides—it's displayed on transparent layers that overlay your question slides.

    • You can apply a theme to the current feedback master by clicking a theme thumbnail.
    • To learn more about working with themes, see this tutorial.
  4. The Colors drop-down lets you apply a consistent color scheme to your feedback masters and layouts.
    • Hover over a theme to preview how it would look if applied to your feedback master.
    • Click a theme to apply it to the current feedback master. If you have more than one feedback master in your course and you want to apply the same theme colors to all of them, right-click the theme and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme colors, click Create New Theme Colors at the bottom of the drop-down.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme colors, see this tutorial.
  5. The Fonts drop-down lets you apply consistent theme fonts to your feedback masters and layouts.
    • Hover over a theme to preview how it would look if applied to your feedback master.
    • Click a theme to apply it to the current feedback master. If you have more than one feedback master in your course and you want to apply the same theme fonts to all of them, right-click the theme and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme fonts, click Create New Theme Fonts at the bottom of the drop-down.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme fonts, see this tutorial.
  6. The Background Styles drop-down lets you apply a consistent background design to your feedback masters and layouts.
    • Hover over a background style to preview how it would look if applied to your feedback master.
    • Click a background style to apply it to the current feedback master. If you only want to apply it to a specific layout, right-click the desired background style and choose Apply Only to This Slide.
    • To customize the background style, click Format Background at the bottom of the drop-down, then use the Fill and Picture tabs to design your background style.
    • To learn more about background styles, see this tutorial.
  7. When the Hide Background Graphics box is marked, objects on the current layout that have been inherited from its parent feedback master will be hidden. Hidden background graphics won't appear in your published course for any feedback layers that are based on that layout. (This option isn't available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)

Closing Feedback Master View

To exit Feedback Master view, go to the Feedback Master tab on the ribbon and click Close Master View. Any changes you made to existing feedback masters and layouts will automatically be applied to feedback layers in your course that are based on them.

Changing Layouts for Existing Feedback Layers

Here's how to apply different layouts to existing feedback layers in your course:

  1. In Slide View, go to the question slide you want to edit.
  2. Select one of the feedback layers (Correct, Incorrect, Review, etc.) in the Slide Layers panel in the lower right corner.
  3. Then do any of the following:
    • Go to the Home tab on the ribbon, click Layout, and select the layout you want to use.
    • Right-click anywhere on the slide workspace, scroll to Layout, and click the layout you want to use.
    • Right-click the slide thumbnail in the left panel, scroll to Layout, and click the layout you want to use.

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