Using Text Variables to Capture and Display Learner

Use Learner's Name in E-Learning Course #222: Challenge | Recap

Using variables to capture a learner’s name is one of the most common ways to build more personalized and dynamic e-learning.

It’s also one of the easiest ways to begin working with variables and variable references in e-learning. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to show how text variables can be used to capture and display a learner’s name in e-learning courses.

For users experienced with using variables, we’re looking for creative ways to capture and display the learner’s name. Build a demo or show a real-world project you built.

If you’re brand new to e-learning or working with variables, don’t sweat this one. We’re here to help. If you get stuck or want us to take a look at your project, post a question in the forums and we’ll be happy to take a look.


Here are some resources for Storyline users. If you’re using another authoring tool or even a tool that doesn’t support variables (like PowerPoint) you can still share your ideas.

User Guide:


  • Using Random Number Variables to Create Dynamic E-Learning #188: Challenge | Recap

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you dive into this week’s challenge, take some time to check out the animated GIF examples your fellow challengers shared over the past week:

Using Animated GIFs for Learning #221

Using Animated GIFs for Learning #221: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a dynamic week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

David Anderson
Anastasia Blum