I have always been a Jack-of-all-trades kind of person. I like learning new things, so when a need arose for a skill I did not have, I set my sites on learning and developing that skill. Some of those skills proved more useful than others. It is a long and warped list. Here are some of the highlights:
- I needed a website, so I bought software and figured it out.
- My brother gave me a book about balloon animals for fun, so the next year I bought balloons by the case and made balloon animals at local school carnivals.
- I needed someone who could play the guitar, so I bought a guitar and taught myself (granted, that one took a little longer).
- I needed to teach an object lesson to children, so I learned magic tricks.
Soon I had accumulated enough "illusions" in my bag of tricks that I was performing magic shows at birthday parties for families in our community.
My career path in e-Learning (and maybe yours) is not too different:
- You see a need...you buy a software
- Someone makes a request...you learn a skill
- You run into a problem you cannot solve...you take a class
A similar process may have lead you to add Articulate Storyline to your bag of tricks. Well, Storyline has several little tricks up its sleeve to help you make some pretty "amazing" learning modules.
Here's some e-Learning "magic" used on a recent makeover that you can add to your bag of tricks:
The customer was interested in using one of the new cool tricks in Storyline...the Free-Form Drag and Drop Question.
Here is a sample of what they were trying to pull off. The idea is simple . . . allow the learner to click and drag each item into its appropriate location: one of the bins or the shredder. Like magic, in Storyline this can be accomplished in just a few steps without any secret magician's code.
Like with any magic trick, the customer wanted more. Unfortunately, in Storyline, when we toss these items into the bins or the shredder, they appear to land in front of instead of inside our target containers. So, can we create the illusion that the items are actually in the bins and in the shredder instead of on top of them? Of course we can!
There always seems to be a way in Storyline, and seldom is there only one way. It doesn't require any magic...just a couple of the basic building blocks: Triggers and States.
Here are a couple of ways to accomplish this effect using state changes:
- One way involves using one of the "built in" Drag and Drop States with no additional trigger needed. You just have to activate and edit the state.
- The other way involves adding an additional trigger to change the state of each object to "hidden." No need to create a new state here.
Fortunately, both options are equally easy, with the same results. Click the Play button below to watch a brief tutorial demonstrating both techniques.
That's Storyline and I am sticking to it!