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312 BYOD: Demystifying Articulate Variables and Triggers: Build a Dynamic Course Menu

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, April 20

Tracks: Development & Tools

Series: BYOD

One of the best things about on-demand / self-paced learning is its ability to be non-linear. Courses full of exploration and learner control are great, but how do you help the learner track their progress? The Articulate Storyline Player Menu works well for page-turners but not as well for non-linear exploration. Have you ever considered using an interactive custom menu slide but didn’t know where to start? Are you intimidated by variables and triggers? Have you ever looked at other people’s courses and wished yours could be just as cool?

In this BYOD session, you will learn the basics of Articulate Storyline variables and triggers. Without any prior understanding of computer programming, you will walk away knowing that you too can use advanced features of Storyline to wow your stakeholders. Together we will dissect and demystify variables and triggers in non-technical terms. We will then use these two concepts to build an an interactive course menu that tracks completion of activities and changes dynamically to show the learner what has (or has not) been accomplished. Finally, we will explore ways to control access to portions of the course until other sections are completed. By the end of this session, you will know that you can utilize advanced features of Storyline to wow your stakeholders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The definition and purpose of Storyline variables and triggers
  • How variables and triggers can enhance the learner experience
  • How to choose a variable type and create new variables
  • How you can use these features to create an interactive menu that informs the learner of their progress through the course
  • How to apply these concepts to 360 images for a truely immersive menu experience

Technology discussed:

Articulate Storyline

Participant technology requirements:

An internet connected laptop or other device with Articulate Storyline 360 installed and activated. Trial versions will work for this session. The presenter will provide sample files for download that will be used during the session.

Carie Whitehead

Instructional Designer


Carie Whitehead has had a passion for education since childhood. She has worked in adult learning for most of the past 25 years in positions that include information technology, corporate training, higher education, and instructional design/development. She has a unique talent for translating tech-speak to English and currently uses this to create on-demand learning opportunities on technical subjects. Carie was nominated for a major company award in 2019 for her work in implementing a new learning management system and received a performance recognition award in 2020 for outstanding leadership and technical excellence.