One feature that sets Articulate Storyline 360 apart from other e-learning authoring tools is the recording feature. It’s not just that you can record videos! You can record your video first and then decide whether you want to keep it as a single video or use it to create a step-by-step demonstration. Record once, then have the flexibility to choose your output without having to re-record anything—it’s a huge time-saver!

When you insert a recording into Storyline, you can choose to add it as a single movie file or as step-by-step slides. If you add your recording as step-by-step slides, there are three different modes you can choose from: view mode, try mode, and test mode.



In this article, I’ll dive deeper into each mode to help you understand the differences and the advantages to using them.

 View Mode

 In view mode, your slides will be inserted as a demonstration for your learners. It won’t be interactive, but it will allow your learners to watch the process in action. If you select the View Mode Options dropdown, you can choose additional options such as including captions, mouse movements, and click animations.

Try Mode

 Select the Try Mode Steps option if you’d like to give your learners a chance to try the process themselves. This is delivered as an ungraded assessment and is a good way for learners to practice what they’ve learned without formally testing them. If you select Try Mode Steps, you can click the Try Mode Options dropdown to see more options, like showing the hand cursor when the learner hovers over the correct answer (a good way to give learners a hint) or including hint captions.

Test Mode

 When you choose test mode, Storyline will break your process down into a step-by-step graded exam. Each individual slide automatically becomes a quiz slide. You can then customize the test by selecting the Test Mode Options dropdown. From there, specify whether you want to show feedback, include a results slide, limit attempts, or show Try Again feedback.

The Best Way to Use View, Try, and Test Modes

These different modes come in handy at different times. However, it’s generally a good idea to follow the process below. 

First, show the learner the action in view mode. Then, let them practice it themselves (try mode). Finally, after they’ve seen and practiced the action, quiz them on their knowledge (test mode). The best part is with Storyline you can create any and all of the modes with a single video, without having to re-record!

How do you use the recording tool in Storyline? Share your ideas and experiences by leaving a comment below!


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Raymond Alejo

Hi Jennifer, 1. From the 'Home' tab, choose the 'Record Screen' dropdown arrow. 2. You should see your video with a red identifier saying 'In Use'. 3. Select your video by a left double click. 4. A window should appear titled 'Insert Slides'. 5. Go to the 'Step-by-step options and click on the dropdown menu for 'Try Mode'. 6. In the bottom right corner of the window, choose 'Insert'. 7. You now have created a Try Mode version of your scene/video simulation. 8. After you have created your new Mode, click on the 'Player' under 'Publish'. 9. The Player window will appear. Click on the "paper' icon to add your new mode. 10. A Trigger Wizard window will appear. 11. Name your scene "Try Mode". 12. Under the 'Action' option, click the dropdown arrow and select 'Jump to Scene'. 13. ... Expand

Nicole Legault