The Feedback Master view in Storyline allows you to design the default themes, colors, fonts, text, and objects for your quiz feedback layers. Feedback masters save you time and give you a consistent look and feel across your feedback layers. Feedback masters function much like slide masters.

Opening Feedback Master View

To switch to Feedback Master view, navigate to the View tab on the toolbar, and select Feedback Master.

Any feedback masters you have previously set up for this story will appear in the left column. If you have not set up any feedback masters yet, you will see just a default feedback master.

Creating Feedback Masters and Layouts

A feedback master in Storyline is actually 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 navigation pane will appear slightly larger than all of the thumbnails of the layouts below it.

Layouts inherit all the properties of their feedback master.  However, 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.

If you want, you can create additional feedback masters in the same story. To create a new feedback master, click the Insert Slide Master button on the toolbar, or right-click anywhere in the left navigation pane and select Insert Slide Master. A new feedback master with several default layouts will be added to the bottom of the left navigation pane.

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

  1. In the left navigation pane, select the feedback master to which you want to add a new layout.
  2. Click the Insert Layout button on the toolbar, or right-click in the left navigation pane and select Insert Layout.

A new layout will appear at the end of the list of layouts for the selected feedback master. It will inherit the properties of the feedback master, and it will have a feedback pop-up image and a Title text box (which you can delete or turn off if you wish).

Managing Feedback Masters and Layouts

You can manage your feedback masters and layouts by deleting, renaming, preserving, and duplicating them.  Here's how:

  • Delete:  To delete a feedback master and all of its corresponding layouts, select the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and click the Delete button on the toolbar.  If you only want to delete a layout (but not its feedback master), select the layout in the left navigation pane, and click the Delete button on the toolbar. You can also right-click a feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane, and then select either Delete Master or Delete Layout.  Or, simply press the Delete key on your keyboard.

    Note:  You will not be able to delete a feedback master or layout that is currently being used by one or more slides in your story.
  • Rename:  It's a good idea to give your feedback masters and layouts easily recognizable names, especially if you plan to use several similar masters or layouts within the same story.  This makes it easier to select and apply them later.  To rename a feedback master or a layout, select the feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane, and click the Rename button on the toolbar. Then assign the desired name, and click the Rename button to complete the process. Another way to rename is to right-click the feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane, and select either Rename Master or Rename Layout.
  • Preserve:  If a feedback master in your story is not currently being used but you want it to remain with the project for later use, you can preserve it.  To do so, select the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and click the Preserve button on the toolbar. You can also right-click the feedback master in the left navigation pane, and select Preserve Master.
  • Duplicate:  If you want to create similar feedback masters or layouts, you can duplicate them to streamline the process.  Right-click the feedback master or layout in the left navigation pane that you want to duplicate, and then select either Duplicate Slide Master or Duplicate Layout. You can also duplicate feedback masters and layouts by using the Copy and Paste buttons on the Home tab or on the right-click shortcut menu

Designing Feedback Masters and Layouts

To design your feedback masters and layouts, you can use the standard development tools on the Home, Insert, and Animations tabs as well as the following features found on the Slide Master tab on the toolbar:

  • The Insert Placeholder drop-down list allows you to add one or more of the following placeholders to a layout:  content, text, picture, character, movie, flash, or 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 is not available for feedback masters.  It only pertains to layouts.)
  • The Title checkbox will display a title placeholder on a layout if it is checked.  Conversely, uncheck the Title checkbox to remove the title placeholder.  (This option is not available for feedback masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  • The Themes drop-down list allows you to apply a consistent design to your course.  A theme consists of colors, fonts, and objects you've added to the feedback master.
    • Note:  Although you can apply themes while you are in feedback master view, it may not appear that the theme has changed.  This is because all the built-in themes use the same design for feedback masters.  Therefore, if you select a built-in theme while you are in feedback master view, you won't actually notice the change until you exit feedback master view.
    • You can apply a theme to your course by simply clicking the desired theme in the list.
    • To learn more about managing and applying themes, click here.
  • The Colors drop-down list allows you to apply a consistent color scheme to your feedback master(s) and layouts.
    • You can preview how a particular color scheme will look in your story by hovering over it.
    • You can apply a color scheme to your feedback master by simply clicking it.  This will apply the color scheme to the selected feedback master.  If, however, you have more than one feedback master in your story, you can apply the same color scheme to all feedback masters by right-clicking the desired color scheme and selecting Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom color scheme, click Create New Theme Colors at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom color scheme, right-click it and select Edit.  (Built-in color schemes cannot be edited.)
    • To delete a custom color scheme, right-click it and select Delete.  (Built-in color schemes cannot be deleted.)
    • To learn more about color schemes, click here.
  • The Fonts drop-down list allows you to apply a consistent font theme to your slide master(s) and layouts.
    • You can preview how a particular font theme will look in your story by hovering over it.
    • You can apply a font theme to your feedback master by simply clicking it.  This will apply the font theme to the selected feedback master.  If however, you have more than one feedback master in your story, you can apply the same font theme to all feedback masters by right-clicking the desired font theme and selecting Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom font theme, click Create New Theme Fonts at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom font theme, right-click it and select Edit.  (Built-in font themes cannot be edited.)
    • To delete a custom font theme, right-click it and select Delete.  (Built-in font themes cannot be deleted.)
    • To learn more about font themes, click here.
  • The Background Styles drop-down list allows you to apply a consistent background to your feedback master(s) and layouts.
    • You can preview how one of the built-in background styles will look in your story by hovering over it.
    • You can apply one of the built-in background styles to the selected feedback master and all its layouts by simply clicking it in the drop-down list.  If, however, you only want to apply it to the selected layout, right-click the desired background style and select Apply Only to This Slide.
    • To customize the background style, click Format Background at the bottom of the drop-down list.  Or, right-click the feedback master or layout that you want to modify, and select Format Background.  Then use the Fill and Picture options to design your background style.
    • If you change your mind and want to return to the original background style, click Reset Slide Background at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To learn more about background styles, click here.
  • The Hide Background Graphics checkbox, when checked, allows you to hide the graphics on a layout that have been inherited from the feedback master.  When background graphics are hidden on a layout, be aware that those graphics will not appear in your published story for any slides that are based on that layout.  (This option is not available for feedback masters.  It only pertains to layouts.)

Closing Feedback Master View

To exit feedback master view, click the Close Master View button on the toolbar. The changes you made to your feedback masters and layouts will automatically be applied to your existing quiz slides.

Applying Layouts to Existing Feedback Layers

Here's how you can apply different layouts to existing feedback layers in your story:

  1. First, navigate to the quiz 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 of the window.
  3. Then do any of the following:
    • Right-click anywhere on the slide, scroll to Layout, and click the desired feedback layout.
    • Right-click the slide thumbnail in the left navigation pane, scroll to Layout, and click the desired feedback layout.
    • Go to the Home tab on the toolbar, click the Layout drop-down list, and click the desired feedback layout.

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