How to Quickly Create a Scenario Using Articulate Storyline and in Three Steps

imgThreeStepScenario1Select this link to view the above sample demo.

I’m an instructional designer, writer, and an e-learning developer. I’m also a storyteller. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been drawn to stories. I love to read stories and write my own private “novels” that I keep to myself.

When I design a new course for a client, I ask them to put on their storyteller hat and tell me some of their business’s common stories. Every organization has a story to tell (especially sales organizations) such as:
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How to Use Job Aids in e-Learning

screenshot of elearning with job aidsJob aids give your learners tools they can use either before, during, or after a learning activity. Job aids support workplace performance improvement and can include:

  • Quick Start Guides (for technology),
  • Quick Reference Guides,
  • Checklists,
  • Worksheets,
  • Organization charts,
  • Maps, and
  • Other resources that function as repositories of key information.

I like job aids very much, and I use them when they appropriately support learning. After a learning activity, learners can use job aids to reinforce what they learned and continue to improve their performance on the job. So, imagine my delight when one of the Articulate blogs presented us community members with a challenge: how to use job aids in e-learning.

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Articulate Storyline: Creating a Tabs Interaction – Composition Book Style

We here at recently purchased two licenses for Articulate Storyline. Many moons ago, I was invited to join the Beta, and on August 26th of this year, I did share a very old demo that I created way back then.

I’m continuing to build additional work samples to show what we could do for your e-learning projects. Here’s the latest, a Tabs interaction based on a Composition Book.

The Articulate E-Learning Heroes community had issued a “weekly challenge” for forum members to share their own Tabs interactions. Check out their ideas as they’re very creative!

You all inspired me very much! This was a busy week, but I worked on this little by little each day. I love Composition Books, and this Tabs interaction is based on that concept. Enjoy!


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Returning to Articulate Storyline for e-Learning Consulting Services

The screencast demo you see above (silent; no audio) is one I did around February 2012, when Articulate Storyline was still either in Beta (I was invited to join), or when it went live and I downloaded the 30-day free trial. I can’t remember, but I’m sure my “friends” in the Articulate Community will remind me.

Darling husband (and new business partner) and I are adding Articulate Storyline as a new tool to our e-Learning Services tool box. We look forward to your projects in 2014, if not sooner, and you’ll have two talented e-learning professionals now instead of one (but, not two for the price of one, are you kidding?)!

You can also see this demo on at the link below:



TGIF: Ah, We’re Changing the Course’s Title…

While Storyboarding in PowerPoint, I Got the Call

When I’m developing an e-learning course in a PowerPoint-based tool, like Articulate Presenter, I obviously create the storyboards in PowerPoint (PPT) most of the time. Most of my SMEs use PPT at work anyway, so they’re comfortable with it. In Notes View, the upper section of the page shows my mock-up or rough sketch of the screens, and the Notes Pane below contains my notes about the OSDs (on-screen directions), programing notes, course content, and audio/visual ideas.

My gratitude for the Master Slide feature in PowerPoint knows no bounds! This post is about a 127-slide storyboard for an e-learning course on a 401(k) plan, for a non-linear course where learners can choose the topics they want to review. And, once viewing the selected topic, the learners go through branching scenarios in a non-linear fashion.

The PPT storyboard successfully completed two review cycles! Then, one day, about a week or so before launch on the enterprise LMS, I got the SME phone call:

“Ah, we’re changing the title of the course…. ”

From: [ ACME’s Retirement Plans ]

To: [ ACME’s ACRONYM 401(k) Plan ]

Because I had built the storyboard/course on PPT’s Master Slides, I could keep my cool and calmly tell the SME

“No problem! That’s an easy fix.”

With the course background and main title on the storyboard’s Master Slide, I only needed to change the title one time, and that change was applied to all 127 slides.

Okay, I can hear you now:

“That’s a no brainer!”, you cry out. “We all know about that. It’s old news.”

I’m a Mentor, You’re a Mentor….Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Mentor, Too?

True, the above is a no brainer perhaps, but not everyone thinks about using the Master Slides, especially SMEs. I often mentor SMEs in rapid e-learning course design and development. I tell them that it really pays to think through, plan, and try to capture everything needed (requirements) at the very beginning of a project.

During the A-Analysis phase of ADDIE, the SMEs need to thoroughly brainstorm not only the course content and outcomes, but how they will use their design and development tools such as PPT. And, that’s where you and I, as Learning Consultants, come in as mentors.

As a mentor, that Analysis phase includes sharing with my SMEs the PPT storyboard tips-and-tricks that keep the project on time and within budget. This is important because many times SMEs will throw a PPT slide deck at e-learning designers and developers and say,

“Make this an online course. I need it in a month.”

When we all mentor our SMEs on how to effectively and efficiently use PPT as a tool, we can all relax a little bit more during Alpha and Beta review cycles.

If you have your favorite PPT tips-and-tricks, please share them in your Comment on this post! Or, tweet them to me on

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The mentor role ensures that I’m “Always Learning”, and that I pass on lessons learned to my SMEs.