Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson of the Articulate Community were in Dublin. The audience were mainly Storyline users drawn from higher education, business and freelance developers. The UCD contingent included several academics as well as educational technologists.
Tom & David started by focusing on design based on the accurate premise that many Storyline courses grow out of PowerPoint. The initial aim of first time developers is to add some interactivity to their static PowerPoint slides and publish them on the web. According to Tom & David, click and reveal interactions are the most popular way of doing so. With this in mind, Tom & David started by developing a standardised ‘look and feel’ for a course using themes and templates. I was pleased to learn a few new things about colours and themes.
I don’t cover templates or themes in my introductory workshop on Storyline. Often a novice uses a standard template and theme, but, perhaps, because of my background in education and IT rather than graphic design, I tend to overlook them. Tom & David moved from templates and themes to triggers, layers and states. While triggers, layers and states are an important part of my introductory Storyline course in UCD, I also spend time on quizzes which Tom & David did not mention at all. So perhaps time for a course review.
The Articulate Community run a Weekly Challenge where developers display their skills. Recent competitions include How to Show Conversations in e-Learning, Before & After: Visual Comparisons in e-Learning and Buzz Word Bingo.