One of the features that really sets Articulate Storyline apart from other e-learning authoring tools is the recording feature. And it’s not just that you can record videos, but that you can record your video first and then decide later 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 might have noticed that 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.

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In this article I’ll dive a little deeper into each mode so you can understand the differences and use them to your advantage.

View Mode

If you select View Mode, your slides will be inserted as a demonstration for your users. It won’t be interactive, but it will allow your users to watch the process in action. If you then select the View Mode Options hyperlink, you can choose additional options such as if you want to include captions, mouse movements, and click animations.

Try Mode

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

Test Mode

When you choose Test Mode, Storyline will break your process down into a step-by-step graded exam, and each individual slide will automatically become a quiz slide. You can then customize this test for your learners by selecting the Test Mode Options hyperlink. From there, you can specify whether you want to show feedback, include a results slide, limit attempts, and show Try Again feedback.

These different modes can come in handy at different times, but one general best practice is to start by showing the learner the process in View mode, then letting them try it for themselves in Try mode before you quiz them on their knowledge in Test mode. And remember, with Storyline you can create any and all of the modes with a single video, without having to re-record.

Do you have experience using the various modes of the recording tool in Storyline that you’d like to share with others? If so, please leave a comment below!

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Sophia Xu
Debra Bumgarner
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Jennifer Sader
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