As trainers, we love the Articulate 360 tools…not only for e-Learning development, but also as presentation software for our hands-on Articulate 360 training sessions. We train a lot of trainers, who often ask exactly how we’re using Storyline 360 to navigate through our presentations. So, read on and let’s walk through this “as heard in training” question: “Can I advance a course as the facilitator?”
With a simple e-Learning development technique, we’ll allow a handheld remote to take control of our Storyline 360 slides. Using a couple of triggers, our navigation preferences will activate when the buttons on our remote are pressed! Pretty cool, huh?
Step One: Open Slide Master View
Since this is an action we want available on all slides in our Storyline 360 presentation, our first step is to access the Slide Master (located on the View tab). After all, Slide Masters are used for global items that never change!
Step Two: Select the Master Layout
Second, to ensure the triggers we add are used by every slide, select the Master layout at the very top of the layout list. We call this the “fat master.” Mainly cause it’s fun, but also to help us remember that anything we apply to this Master also applies to its subsequent layouts.
Step Three: Add Triggers
While here, we’ll create two triggers.
As you’re developing these triggers, be sure to have your remote handy! As we select which “Key” activates the trigger, we’ll then press the buttons on the remote control that perform our preferred functions.
To add a new trigger, select the “Create a new trigger” button (the paper icon) on the Triggers panel.
The two triggers we need:
- Our first trigger handles forward navigation through the slides. This trigger should read as follows: “Jump to slide, next slide, When the user presses [your remote’s button], after clicking on this slide”.
- The second trigger handles backward navigation through the slides. This trigger should be programmed like so: “Jump to slide, previous slide, When the user presses [your remote’s back button], after clicking on this slide”.
Tip: Many types of presentation remotes are available. Since each remote is different, be sure to use the trigger buttons based on the specific model of remote you’ll use during your presentation. Some remotes use Page Up/Page Down to navigate, while others use Left/Right…and others may use a different set of keys altogether. And be sure to adjust the trigger “Key” fields if you switch to a different remote or if your colleague is presenting with a remote that is different than yours!
Step Four: Close and Preview
Last, exit Slide Master view by selecting Close Master View on the Slide Master tab.
Now, all that’s left to do is preview your project to ensure it’s working correctly…you should now be able to use your remote to move through your Storyline-360-built presentation!
We’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comment section below. For more presentation and training tips, check our blog article, “What Are You Doing with Your Mouse and Screen?”
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