WELCOME TO THE FASTERCOURSE STORYLINE TEMPLATE GUIDE!
To open and use our template packages you need to have Articulate Storyline authoring tool.
This guide consists of two parts: how to edit specific information in the slides and – what types of template slides you can find on this template package.
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How to edit specific information in templates
This file is a reference guide to our template package. By having this guide you will gain a better understanding about our templates and be able to create your own Storyline courses.
Most of slides can be easily duplicated and edited to suit your needs by changing background images and texts, but some slides have additional elements. This part of guide consists of short manual how to adjust hotspots and triggers on our template as well as how to manage menu. In this template package there are two .story files – one includes default menu and other one includes our custom menu.
In the first image you can see custom menu, but the second image shows default menu preview.
The default menu is created automatically, using the slide titles, but the custom menu needs to be adjusted manually in the Slide Master view. To do so you need to open the corresponding layer of the first slide in Slide Master view (as shown below).
After you have selected the correct layout, you can change the background image, text formatting and manage other adjustments. After you have changed all text boxes to the correct labels, you need to adjust triggers to link to the correct slides in the course – simply click the blue slide link (f.ex, 1.3. Chapter Intro) to select another slide from your story to link the menu title to.
This template package includes various hotspot slides. Some slides, like, Charts with Hotspot have simple trigger and layer functionality, but others, like Hotspot have more advanced trigger and layer functionality. If you want to have the same number of hotspots or reduce amount, you can simply edit the ones we made. To delete hotspot, just delete corresponding objects and layers for unnecessary hotspots.
If you want to make more hotspots, you just need to select the hotspot object on the Timeline or on the preview screen and copy it – by doing so you will also copy all corresponding triggers. After you have copied the hotspot itself, don’t forget to copy the corresponding hotspot popup layout. It also will have the same functions as original. To avoid misunderstandings and make it more obvious, we recommend to change the labels to hotspot and popup just after you have copied them. To tie together the popup layout and hotspot, you need to go to the hotspot triggers and change the Show layer Hotspot Popup 1 (see below) to the new layer you made. You don’t need to adjust any other triggers.
To guarantee that each layer goes back to the original state (being hidden) you need to double-check that slide and each layout (if you made new hotspots) properties are just as you can see on screenshots below.
If you are creating new layers, please check carefully that you use the same settings as we did for each layout on each page.
Changing the logo
To change the FasterCourse logo to your logo, you need to go to the Slide Master view and upload and position your logo on the first slide. You can either delete gui_logo.png or just change the image under Format tab if you want to maintain its the placement on the slides.
What kind of slides are included in this template package?
Basically here you have two types of templates – info slides and test slides. Info slides usually consist of information about the course, theoretical materials and other textual information. You can have an info slide with a simple text block or a more complex interactive slide – it can contain hotspots and other interactive elements to make it more interesting for learner. Test slides offers various ways to test your learners knowledge.
There are a few info slides containing small amount of text – mostly just a title or a title with small explanation text. These are meant to be used as intro slides to your scenes. You can see examples of them below – there are more in template package.
Here you have simple text slides with picture. We have included two a bit different text slides: Text Image contains image and text dealt 50/50 of the slide, but the Text Image Wide contains more text and a smaller image on the right side of the slide. Of course, you can change the image placement on the slide.
To make it more interesting for the learner or if you want to reveal more information on one slide, you can use Info Menu (sometimes called Click&Reveal) or Hotspot Choice slides. These slides have layers with text which is revealed once user clicks on a hotspot or selects a menu title. If you want to reduce amount of menu titles or hotspots, you simply need to delete unnecessary items, but, if you want to add more, you need to select one hotspot or menu title and duplicate it, then place it on the slide and copy a layer too. (You can read more about it in the previous chapter of this guide.)
If you prefer smaller popups, we have Hotspot Choice Small slide could suit your needs better.
For medium amount of text we suggest to use Charts with Hotspots slide as it can’t contain as much text as previously mentioned slides, but still is quite capacious. Chart with Hotspots contains a text block and a table. After clicking on a row in the table, a popup with the text is shown.
Case 2 Images is also a great slide to interactively present textual information. Learner needs to click on the one of two images to reveal a large popup. After he has read the first popup choice, he must click the second option and read the second popup text too in order to go to the next slide.
To show steps in a process, you can use some of our interactive text slides, for example, Timeline. Timeline has the same size popups as previously mentioned Charts with Hotspots, so you can show significant amount of textual information.
You can also make an interactive continuous conversation by using the Conversation slide. You just need to add the correct amount of layers and double-check that there is a correct layer sequence defined with triggers. Note that it is not possible to go to the next slide until learner has gone through all of the conversation layers.
There’s also a quiz slide, where you have a question text and two possible choices/answers to the situation. User can select each of answers and see a detailed feedback about his choice.
In this template package there are also two video slides, containing only a video screen, play button and a video placeholder image – this image is visible while the user hasn’t clicked video. You can choose between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio or the YouTube size.
We have included several types of test templates – simple test slides, scenario test slides and also a drag and drop slide. The simplest test slides includes templates for single or multiple choice answers with or without a feedback. You can see an example of a single answer without feedback below.
We also have scenario test slides where you can choose from slides multiple or single answer options.
A different test slide is the drag and drop test. This kind of test slide can check user’s knowledge, for example, about correct order or importance levels of things placed in the list.
All test slides have the same design for the feedback.
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