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As the final page of the calendar appears, our thoughts turn to new life. Yesterday, in the northern hemisphere, we marked the Winter Solstice which means the shortest day of the year and subsequently longer days in the future. As our thoughts turn to new life and new years, we might also be thinking about adding new skills to our Instructional Design toolkit. On Tuesday I delivered a webinar designed to help those new to Articulate Storyline. This is a huge topic to cover so I focused on a high-level overview of some key points:

  • Slides
  • Layers
  • Master Slides
  • Scenes
  • States
  • Triggers

As usual, we recorded the webinar for all those who missed out (and for the attendees to be able to refer back to). The recording is found below:


Some fantastic questions were asked and answered during the webinar, but, unfortunately, due to time constraints we weren’t able to get to all the questions. So, I’m going to address some of the ones we missed here.

Q: Why would you use a master slide with additional layouts?

A: (And I’m making some assumptions about the intent of the question). There are many reasons why you might want to have more than one Master slide set (master and layouts). You might want a different look and feel for each topic, scene, or concept. You might want to set up master slides for your quizzes. Or you might just want to create an entire template with various sets of masters in it for a company, then each designer could choose one of the approved, included masters for their courses.

Q: What is a hotspot?

A: This was asked because I briefly touched on hotspots right at the end of the webinar. In essence, a hotspot is just an invisible overlay that you can use to create a clickable region. Generally, I use hotspots when the object I’m using has a transparent fill or when I’m designing a course that needs a larger clickable area than the shape of the object itself (maybe when designing for accessibility or for younger audiences or for mobile use).

Q: How do you make an interaction like this accessible to vision impaired?

A: In one of the most recent updates to Articulate 360, they included a Text to Speech (TTS) mechanism. This is one of the easiest ways to quickly make a majority of content available to those learners who are visually impaired. It’s not the only or complete solution, but the folks at Articulate have done a good job of giving us this option.

Make sure you review the video for other questions and answers. And don’t hesitate to avail yourselves of the eLearning Brothers One-on-One mentoring program for individualized assistance for your course development. Call 801-796-BROS for more details.

In addition, check out our wide array of Storyline templates and games that can help you jump start your eLearning development.


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