I love teaching Storyline to folks, and I love teaching every session. However, I would have to say, that if I had to pick a day that would be my favorite day to each, it would be Day 2. In this session, we focus on quiz questions in the first half of the day. In Storyline, they’re so easy to build! Although, don’t forget to take the time to write good quiz questions in the first place! And “out of the box,” the quiz options are amazing! You get great states (how the objects look) and layers (for question feedback). But it’s inevitable… A question we get asked in almost every session after we talk about feedback is, “”How do I change the way the Correct/Incorrect feedback looks when I build a quiz question?” In this blog entry, we’ll talk about how to transform your feedback pop-up and customize it any way you’d like!
When you create a quiz question in Storyline, you receive the three basic pieces of quiz questions:
- the question itself,
- the choices the learner can make, and
- the feedback prompt telling them if they got it correct or incorrect.
The feedback comes in as a layer, and quite often I’m asked, “How do I change the color of the gray box?” or “How do I change the size of the gray box?” etc. The answer lies in the Feedback Masters. Feedback Masters can be found by clicking View > Feedback Masters.
If you’ve worked with Masters before, then this area should look a bit familiar. If not, here is a breakdown of what’s going on…
The layouts inherit the properties from the Masters, but you can customize each of the individual layouts. By default, the gray box is in the Master; therefore, you can’t edit the gray box on the individual layouts. However, you can easily cut the gray box from the master and create each individual layout to have the color, size, or formatting necessary for your design. In addition, if there are elements that you want repeated on every feedback layer, feel free to add them here as well! In the sample that you can download at THIS LINK, I added a character that has an expression appropriate to the feedback layout.
Now, every existing quiz question and new quiz question that you build will utilize the Feedback Master you just created.
Multiple Feedback Masters
When I tell people this, they sometimes ask, “Can I have more than one Feedback Master?” And the answer is, ABSOLUTELY! Just like Slide Masters, you can create multiple Feedback Masters that might change size or functionality. So let’s say you do create a second Feedback Master by clicking View > Feedback Master > Insert Slide Master…
In order to choose the feedback layout you want, right click on the layer, then choose the layout option that you would like to apply. It’s that easy!
But that’s not all…
Feedback masters also have their own Themes that you can save and use in other courses! These themes come with different Font Themes, Color Themes, etc. and should be similar to your Slide Master Themes. That way when you create the shapes on your layers (whether they’re feedback layers or regular layers), the same font and color is used throughout. For an amazing detailed article on Feedback Masters, check out the steps from the Articulate Community.
HERE is a preview of the finished project.
So if you love quiz questions and feedback prompts but are hoping for a completely different look and feel, look no further than your own imagination! As a great doctor once said, “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ~Dr. Seuss