Ever shop at a big-box retailer on a Saturday afternoon? If so, you may have found yourself strolling (and snacking!) through the store, overspending along the way. All of those slick product demos (and tasty free samples!) are hard to resist. There’s just something about seeing an assortment of frozen smoothies and perfectly chopped veggies that draws you in and inspires you to pay attention, have a taste, and maybe indulge in a little shopping splurge.
To some extent, I think that same idea can be applied to purchasing e-learning authoring software. I know, I know. You might think this is a stretch, but in my experience, you can tell the higher-ups how much you need new software, but only when you show them what you can do with it does that expenditure have any real meaning or value. In other words, showing them what's possible tends to have the effect of whetting their appetite—and opening up their wallets!
So, to help you cut through some bureaucratic red tape and get that purchase order approved pronto, here are all the e-learning examples you’ll need to sell Articulate Storyline 2 to your boss.
New Hire Onboarding
- What’s one of the hardest parts about getting up to speed in a new environment? Getting to know your new team—both who they are and what they do. In this brilliant example from Darlesa Calhoon, she’s combined Storyline’s built-in illustrated characters along with photos and video of her co-workers to create a warm and helpful way for newbies to get acquainted with the team.
- Meeting the team has never been more fun than in this clever, gamified meet-the-team interaction from Allison LaMotte. Allison combined Storyline’s animation features, along with states, layers, and triggers, to give learners a chance to get to know their team members and to practice interacting with those team members in their new role.
Policies and Procedures
- Communicating steps in a process can feel tedious to learners. But that’s not the case in this clean and simple example from Jeanette Brooks. Jeanette used Storyline’s interactive markers to make exploring the steps in a process a little more fun and inviting.
- Showing people how to fill out a form is practically a recipe for boredom. But in this clever example from Jackie VanNice, she demonstrates how to use Storyline’s hover states and layers to create an interactive tour that’s anything but dull.
Health and Safety
- What would you do in the event of a workplace violence incident? That’s the question explored in this example from Richard Watson. Using one of Storyline’s built-in characters and taking advantage of the timeline to amp up the tension, Richard drops learners right into an immersive, interactive decision-making scenario involving an active shooter: intense and effective.
- In some work environments, what you wear to work can be the difference between life and death. In this slick interaction from 42 Design Square, instead of lecturing learners on the importance of choosing the right attire, learners are asked to dress a model figure using Storyline’s drag-and-drop feature. Learners are then given feedback on their choices using audio narration and a cool safety meter powered by Storyline’s number variable.
- Work in a healthcare setting? If so, you’ve probably taken (or created) more than your fair share of “sharps” training. But in this scenario-based example from Linda Lorenzetti, she takes what could’ve been dull lecture material and transformed it into an engrossing interaction using Storyline’s powerful drag-and-drop feature.
- Airline safety videos have nothing on this brilliant interaction from Phil Mayor. In it, he breaks down all of the safety pointers from the standard preflight safety lecture and turns them into a simple but effective interactive experience.
- Employee performance coaching can be challenging, even for the most seasoned manager. But in this fun example (which won a Guru Award Honorable Mention), Jack Quantrill uses Storyline’s animation and drag-and-drop features to create a lighthearted but informative and effective learning experience.
- What’s your leadership style? Do you like to motivate people by challenging them, or by showing them how they play a part in something bigger? Find your own answers in this insightful decision-making activity created by Jackie VanNice. Jackie cleverly uses object triggers and branching to move the user through a series of questions designed to drill down to their leadership style. And at the end, a handy little tabs interaction gives them the chance to explore some tips suited to their leadership style.
- Remember those “choose your own adventure” books from your youth? This inviting example from Brian Keys may have you waxing nostalgic. With Storyline’s easy-to-use branching features, Brian’s created a workplace-friendly version of a “choose your own adventure,” giving learners the chance to experience the outcome of using different types of greetings with customers. What a great way to show learners what it means to lay the groundwork for an excellent customer service experience.
- Who says quizzes have to look and feel like a stodgy ol’ college entrance exam? In this fresh and innovative quiz from Montse Posner Anderson, you can see how easy it is to give your Storyline course a customized, unified look and feel—right down to the quiz.
- And who says quizzes need to be relegated to the end of the course? In this example from yours truly, I’ve used Storyline’s built-in quiz question types (like multiple choice, true/false, and pick-many) to give learners a chance to assess their knowledge on the subject of healthy eating before they dive in and learn more.
When it comes to selling Storyline to the boss, the best way to get a yes may be to show what you can do in Storyline. And one way to do that is to download the free Storyline trial and use the handy Getting Started video tutorials to get up to speed, quickly. Once you’ve downloaded the free trial, check out this helpful article from community manager Nicole Legault, where she shares pointers for getting the most out of your free trial.
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that E-Learning Heroes is regularly updated with new examples from the community. Our greatest source for ongoing Storyline inspiration comes from our community members, like you, who participate in weekly E-Learning Challenges. The challenges offer e-learning pros and newbies alike the chance to build new, innovative solutions and experiment with fresh ideas. The challenges are a fun and empowering way to connect with peers and build your skills and your portfolio—all with the support of the friendliest e-learning community around.
Looking for more advice on getting business buy-in? Be sure to check out a few more articles that can help.
Which e-learning examples do you think will compel your boss to pull the trigger? How were you able to convince the higher-ups to buy you a copy of Storyline? Share your stories and ideas with us in a comment, or drop by the Builder Better Courses forum and strike up a conversation with our awesome community members. We’d love to hear from you!
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