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4 tips on how to use variables within Articulate Storyline 2



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4 tips on how to use variables within Articulate Storyline 2

Have you ever sat through a “one size fits all” eLearning course wishing that it was written with you in mind?

One of the advantages how to use variables within Storyline 2  is the ability to tailor content to the specific end user by building in variables. Here are some of the different ways you can use variables to customise eLearning courses to each particular learner and at the end of this blog you can download our step-by-step guide on how to build these variables yourself.

1. Referring to a person’s name using text variables
Using a simple example, we can ask the user to enter their name on the front screen, later referring to their name throughout the entire course. To achieve this, insert a text entry box on the first screen and then add references to the text variable you have created on the subsequent slides.

2. Customised starting points on courses
We can also set up an eLearning course that will route people to the latest updates, whether they have taken the course before or they are beginning it for the first time. You can create this by using a true/false variable. For example, set to true if the user clicked a box to say it was their first time taking the course. You could then setup different scenes and various ‘jump to scene’ triggers based on whether or not it is their first time taking the course.

3. Using pretesting on courses to determine an appropriate starting point
This is similar to the setup described before but uses test results to determine an appropriate starting point on a course. If a learner has achieved a certain score on a test, you could have them start an advanced section of the course without first having to complete the foundation section.

4. Adding specific information based on individual job role

Include a series of buttons on an opening slide from which the end user can select their job role. This will then write a value of true to a variable. If a particular variable is equal to true, then you can use the option to show a layer when the timeline starts on a slide. This could be used if extra information needs to be shown on the slides for supervisors.