Guest post written by Polina Khizhnyak from iSpring. You can download a free trial of iSpring Suite 7 here.
It is an open secret that with branching it is possible to create a clear-structured presentation to help learners grasp the material faster. From this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create online presentations with transition control or “branching” using the versatile authoring tool, iSpring Suite 7.
There are two easy ways to implement branching in your PowerPoint presentations.
#1 Use PowerPoint Hyperlinks
Switch to the “Insert ” tab in PowerPoint and use standard function “Action” on the toolbar.
Choose an object on a slide, which will contain a hyperlink and click “Action.”
Choose the option needed in the drop-down list under the “Hyperlink to” line.
Once iSpring converts your presentation to a web-ready format, all hyperlinks will be active for navigation.
#2 Use iSpring Branching Editor
iSpring authoring tools contain the Presentation Explorer that provides a multifaceted branching editor for custom navigation in a presentation or e-Learning course. To implement branching for online e-learning your will need to open PowerPoint. Then choose the iSpring tab. Click the “Presentation Explorer” button on the toolbar.
Choose a slide and click the “Branching” button – a transition can be set up to redirect to any other slide in any direction. For example, the user may transition from the first slide directly to the fifth slide or to previous slides.
If there are quizzes in your course, you can make them pass-fail. Using pass-fail is one helpful way of branching. E-learners can be redirected effortlessly to the proper slide depending on their quiz result. If they answered incorrectly, they can be redirected to a slide with more information. If they answered correctly, they can move to the next quiz question.
Click the “Presentation Explorer” button, choose any slide with a quiz, and then click the “Branching” button. In the “Branching Options” window, click the “Quiz Branching” tab to set up different outcomes for each question or answer choice. By default, the user will be taken to the appropriate slide.
Another unique feature is a lock option that is intended to keep the user at the current slide for a certain length of time or based on their answer. For example, if a slide is set up for a particular time, it cannot be closed before an assigned time. Also, when taking a quiz, a user cannot move to another slide if the quiz did not pass. Choose a slide you need to apply navigation rules to and click the “Lock” button. If necessary, you can completely restrict navigation through the course, disabling the Automatic and On-click navigation.
As a result, the wide range of iSpring options provides more beneficial branching scenarios than standard PowerPoint functions.
We hope this tutorial on iSpring Suite 7 will help you create more effective presentations with the versatility of branching control!