Put the Pedal to the Metal With Your Storyline Development_

Part 1

We have all compared ourselves to other developers. Are we slower than others, in line with them, or faster?  How can we develop efficiently while maintaining the highest possible quality? In this series we will review some best practices for efficient developing in Storyline. Not a Storyline user? Don’t worry! You should be able to utilize many of these best practices in your favorite tool.

Let’s dive in. What is the first thing I do when I get a new project? Well, first I take a look at the brand guide and I create my player and my theme.  I go to Design – Colors and add in all my custom colors from my client’s style guide. Then I name my theme the client’s name.  This way I can save my theme and reutilize it for additional client courses.  

Next, I update my course fonts. I go to Design – Fonts and update all my fonts to the custom font or size that my client has selected.

 

Design Menu in Storyline

Design Menu

 

Color Menu in Storyline

Color Menu

Font Menu in Storyline

Font Menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I am ready to get started. So what is next?

At this point, I take a look at the storyboard and go to my story view and create my scenes.  Each module should have its own scene, this will help you keep your content organized. To create a new scene simply go to your story view and select Home – New Scene. Make sure you mark your starting scene by selecting Home – Starting Scene. I also like to go ahead and name my scenes at this point.

As you’re creating scenes, ask yourself if you have pre-assessments or final assessments? If so, do not forget to add a scene to house those as well. Question banks make it easy to share questions and duplicate questions throughout your course. So when in doubt use a question bank.

At this point, you have a pretty good structure set up for your course. In my next post, I’ll share some tips for working with master slides. Stay tuned for that! In the meantime, check out our Storyline templates to get some inspiration for your next project.

 

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