Articulate Storyline

Beginning July 1, 2017, Northeastern will have a number of licenses available for Articulate 360 and Storyline 360. Current users of Storyline 1 or 2 will be able to continue using these versions, but no further updates will be provided. We recommend moving to Storyline 360 when convenient. Read more about the upgrade and request access here.

What is it?

Storyline provides a PowerPoint-compatible interface to help you create engaging and interactive online course materials that blend instruction, audio, video, and optional assessment – all in a visually interesting format. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to add engagement to voice-over-PowerPoint instruction that you already have, or you want to experiment with scenario-based learning activities, Storyline is a quick-and-easy solution.

Articulate Storyline allows you to create interactive slide-based lessons using screen captures and PowerPoint slides. Storyline offers many options for characters and background images to help you create narrative vignettes or even more complex branching scenarios becomes easier. Interactivity tools make it easy to include traditional quiz questions, drag-and-drop activities, and other activities. Storyline even offers advanced users some basic programming options to create even more interactions.

There is a large community of users who are enthusiastic about the project and who share templates, backgrounds, and other resources that will contribute to a lively learning object. Publish a stripped down version of the learning object into Word (file will be large) or publish your interactive presentation to Blackboard.

Example use: You would like to create a more detailed training scenario in which you present information and then ask students to apply the information by navigating a branched scenario.

Platform: Windows

Example Storyline Learning Objects

This Storyline example shows that it can be used to make interactive and visual presentations.

This is a sample project and a tutorial that covers placing text content and building in interactivity. You can view the project at the link above. Notes are provided on the left of the player. Alternatively, you can download the project and modify it to create your own project.

This sample project covers creating quizzes that can be placed alongside other types of Storyline content. You can view the project at the link above. Notes are provided on the left of the player. Alternatively, you can download the project and modify it to create your own project.

Storyline’s character pack makes it easy to create interactive projects that help students apply the content they’re learning to real world scenarios: Here’s an example of a scenario-based interaction.

Faculty examples

Sue Sieloff of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business Marketing Group used Storyline to create 30 – 40 short presentations for her Marketing 2209 online course. See an example lecture here. She used the timeline feature to synchronize visuals with her presentation to avoid showing too much text on slides. Students are also required to interact with various slides to get feedback.

Richard Kesner of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Supply Chain Information Management, used Storyline to create a simulation that helps guide students through the MIS Integrative Framework. This project is unique because it uses advanced quizzing and simulation features of Storyline to ensure that students master content in each part before going on to the next. Quizzes for Parts A, B, and C use question banks so that several questions are chosen at random from the bank. For the capstone section, Kesner wrote a series of three linked questions. If a student gets all correct, he or she receives points in the Blackboard gradebook for the activity. If he or she doesn’t correctly answer all three questions, he or she is able to retake the quiz until he or she demonstrates mastery. See the simulation here. (Note that the navigation is restricted so that students must listen to each slide before proceeding to the next, so the next button won’t work until the narration on each slide ends.)

Ravi Sarathy and Nick Athanassiou worked with Janet Nichols and Lars Sorenson in the DMSB Instructional Design Group to create this interactive learning resource that walks business students through accessing several readings and then applying and synthesizing this information. You’ll need to log in with your Blackboard credentials to see. Be sure to click the three links on the first page (you don’t need to read them to review the activity) in order to proceed.

Templates for you to reuse

Slideshow example. Download the slideshow template.
Leverage interactivity for visual organization of ideas. See how it’s created.

Where to find it

Storyline is installed in the Learning Object Creation room and on select computers in the Digital Scholarship Commons.

How do I get started?

There are several ways to get help:

  • Come to a training session. Check our Classes section for workshops on this software.
  • Come to the Digital Scholarship Commons to get one-on-one help from an ATS staff member.
  • The Storyline website offers many detailed tutorials for getting content online and adding interactivity. Here are some helpful ones:
  • has some resources on Storyline as well. You’ll need to log in with your NEU credentials to watch videos.
  • Storyline 2 First Look (26 mins). Note that Lynda has additional training available pertinent to Storyline 1. We expect new courses on Storyline 2 to be up in the next few months. Note that the interface hasn’t changed that much, so you may be able to benefit from watching the next two older videos.
  • “Up and Running with Articulate Storyline” Covers Storyline version 1 (3 hrs, 13 min)
  • “Articulate Storyline Advanced Techniques” Covers Storyline version 1 (2 hrs, 11 min).
  • Articulate’s online tutorials, broken out into Storyline 1 and Storyline 2 tutorials below.

Tutorials on Storyline

Looking Storyline 1 tutorials? We’ve moved those here.

Publishing for Blackboard Gradebook Integration

Here’s a summary of gradebook options and the Storyline and Blackboard settings that will help you accomplish those options.

Publishing for Blackboard without Gradebook Integration (Using the File System)