The conversation interaction in Engage 360 lets learners step through a social media dialog. Use the conversation interaction to:

  • Set up a scenario.
  • Critique an interview.
  • Teach interpersonal skills.

Example of a conversation interaction in Articulate Engage 360

Exploring the Editor

The conversation editor has three columns with the following panels:

Steps

Located on the left side of the screen, this panel is used to manage steps for the conversation.

Text

Located in the middle of the screen, this panel is used to switch characters and add text to each step.

Audio

Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.

Media

Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash movies.

 

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Here are some tips for working with the editor:

  • Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.

Adding Steps to a Conversation

To add a step to the conversation, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+M.
  • Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon and click Add Step.
  • Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
  • Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected step(s).

New steps get added just below the step that's currently selected in the Steps panel—unless the summary is selected, in which case new steps get added above it.

Tip: A conversation interaction can have an unlimited number of steps.

Switching Characters

To change the character that's speaking, select a step in the Steps panel, then do any of the following:

Choose a new character.

Click the character avatar in the text panel, which opens the character browser. Choose a character, expression, pose, and perspective, then click Insert Character. (If the character isn’t installed on your computer yet, click Download to install it, then insert it into your interaction.)

Another way to choose a new character is to go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon and click Character, which opens the character browser. Choose a character, expression, pose, and perspective, then click Insert Character. (If the character isn’t installed on your computer yet, click Download to install it, then insert it into your interaction.)

Reuse an existing character.

Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon and click the drop-down arrow on the Character button, which shows the characters currently being used in your interaction. Click a character to choose it.

Import your own character.

Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon and click Picture. Browse to the image you want to use and click Open.

 

Tip: To change the expression, pose, or perspective of a character you’ve already inserted in your interaction, just click its avatar to reopen the character browser.

Changing a Character’s Location

Characters can appear on the left or right side of your interaction. To move a character:

  1. Select the step you want to edit in the Steps panel.
  2. Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon.
  3. Click Display on Left or Display on Right.

Tip: The avatars in the Steps panel will move to the left or right as a visual indicator of their location in the interaction.

Rearranging Steps

To change the order of steps, select one or more steps in the Steps panel, then do any of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location in the list. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the steps will be dropped when your mouse button is released.
  • Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon, click Move Step, then select Up or Down.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: The introduction and summary can't be moved.

Deleting Steps

To delete a step, select it in the Steps panel, then do any of the following:

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Go to the Conversation tab on the ribbon and click Delete Step.
  • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them.

Adding Content to Steps

To add text, audio, and media to each step in your interaction, see these user guides:

Adding and Formatting Text
Adding Audio
Adding Media

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