The Resources feature in Storyline allows you to bake additional content into your course via a tab on your player. The cool thing about that is users can get to these resources anytime they need to. This is great if you want to give learners the chance to view reference information, job aids, related websites, or any other helpful info. Another common way to use this feature is to provide learners with a printable copy of their slides and/or a transcript of the slide notes.
The resources you include can be file attachments, links to websites, or a combination of both. Keep in mind, though, that in order for the Resources tab to show up in your course, you need to select it in the Player Tabs area on the Features editor. Learn more about that here.
To add resources to your player, first click the Home tab on the Storyline ribbon, and then click Player.
When the Player Properties window appears, click the Resources button:
Entering a Description for the Resources Tab
In the Description field, type the text you want users to see at the top of your list of resources:
Here's how to add resources to your player:
- Click the Add button (the icon that looks like a blank piece of paper) at the bottom of the Resources window. Or, if this is the first resource you've added to this player, you can just click anywhere in the Resources window.
- When the Add Resource window appears, enter a Title for the resource you're adding. This is the text that users will see when they browse your list of resources.
- Next, select either URL or File, depending on the kind of resource you're adding. Then do the following:
- If you chose URL, enter the web address in the field provided. You can also click the Test button to make sure the URL opens as you expect. Later, when you publish your course, learners will be able to click on the resource name to access the URL you chose. Learners will need to be connected to the internet in order for this to work.
- If you chose File, click Browse and select the file you want to attach. Then click Save. Later, when you publish, Storyline will bundle a copy of the file itself right along with your course content. The file will be included in the story_content folder of your published output. Learners will need to have the appropriate software in order to view the file. For example, if the resource is a Word document, learners will need to have Microsoft Word installed on the computer from which they're viewing the course.
- When you're finished adding the resource, click Save.
Storyline adds the item to your resource list, along with an icon next to the title to indicate the type of resource. You can keep adding more resources in the same way.
Editing, Rearranging, or Deleting Resources
The buttons at the bottom of the Resources window allow you to add new resources and to edit, rearrange, or delete the ones you've already added:
Reusing the Same Resources in Other Projects
When you add resources to a course, these items are saved within your project, not within your player. (This means that if you save your player and apply the player to other projects, the resources won't be applied with it.)
If you want to re-use the same set of resources in another project, an easy way to do that is to save your project as a Storyline template. Then, when you're ready to begin a new project, use that template as your starting point by choosing From project template on the Storyline launch screen. When you repurpose content this way, the player customizations on the template (including any Resources you've added) become part of the new project. If you later add, delete, or change any of the resources, those changes won't automatically carry over to other projects in which you've used the same resources. You'll need to make the same changes in each project.
Displaying the Resources Only for Certain Slides
If you enable any of the four built-in Storyline tabs (Menu, Resources, Glossary, or Notes), by default these will appear for all slides in your course. But if you want to show the tabs only when learners are viewing certain slides, that's okay — you can do that. To learn how, check out the tutorial on Slide Properties.
Changing the Name of the Resources Tab
Don't like the word "resources"? That's okay—you can change it! The tab name comes from your player's Text Labels. If you need help editing the text labels, check out this tutorial.