Welcome to part 5 of our “Ask the Articulate Trainer” blog series. In this blog I will answer your questions about the Articulate 360 suite:
Q: Can an Articulate Storyline project be published as an interactive MP4?
A: The option to publish Storyline 360 to MP4 was added in Update 12, on 23 January 2018. The output is not interactive but will include your slide timeline animations and media. Peek & Replay content can also be outputted as MP4.
Q: How can I edit a motion path in Storyline 360?
A: You can use the Path Options drop down to make changes to the behaviour of your motion paths, such as direction or speed. In Storyline 360 you can also rename a motion path and adjust its size and position on screen (for line and shape motion paths). If you have drawn a custom path, and want to change the route of the path, you do need to delete it and start again.
Q: I would like to turn an interactive task usually played with cards into an online module. The task is a time line over 100 years and participants have events that they need to place on a timeline, there are around 25 dates. Is there any way of translating it into Articulate Storyline at all?
A: Yes, this is possible using Storyline. I’d create a background graphic to represent the 100-year timeline and create a drag & drop where you can place events at intervals across the timeline. You may also need to look at using at creating a scrolling effect where the timeline can move across the screen. Try looking at these ‘parallax effects’ posts on the eLearning Heroes community.
Q: Will future developments of Articulate 360 enable multiple editors to access, edit and work on Articulate projects?
A: The development roadmap from Articulate is a closely guarded secret! Even as a partner organisation we’d don’t get to see much further ahead than the average user sees through eLearning Heroes and the “Coming Soon” sneak peeks on the ‘What’s New’ page of the Articulate Website.
But, I do know that Storyline 360 and Studio 360 have always been desktop apps and I can’t see that changing anytime in the immediate future. Rise, however, has collaborative authoring available now.
Q: What is the best way to plan/design a course in Articulate?
A: Planning is key to a successful eLearning course. At Cursim, Omniplex’s learning design division, we create courses for clients following the Backwards Design Process. Once we have scoped the project and decided on a visual design for the course, we work through the following steps:
Identify learning outcomes (objectives/required results)
Create assessments to test those outcomes
Build practice exercises
Create required knowledge
All these stages are storyboarded and reviewed and signed off by the client before we start to actually build the project in our chosen tool. Reviewing and signing off at every stage is key to completing a project. Otherwise it’s easy to keep going in circles by changing and adding content endlessly.
Editors note: Omniplex are the sole certified training provider here in the UK. This blog is made up of questions submitted by you, Articulate users, to our expert trainers about using the whole of the Articulate 360 package. If you want to submit a question for a future blog, please email Punam Kaur at firstname.lastname@example.org