A Sample Articulate Storyline Template for Systems Training/Simulations


The Systems Training Template

The link above shows you a sample Storyline Template which demonstrates many of the great features of Articulate Storyline and its use to create Systems Training/Simulations. Very little content has been added and this is intended to just show what can be done to allow a developer a rapid development template. The following sections will show how the template was built and the many features of the template.

Course Outline

Here you see a typical outline for creating a course/module/lesson for Systems Training (Software Simulation. The idea is to first provide information about the system with interactivity and some self-check questions, then provide some Demonstrations (Show Me), then provide some Practices (Try It), a Scored Practice (Assessment), followed by a scored Course Exam.


Master Slides

At the core of this template is the following set of Master slides.

  • Title - for the Title page where the developer just adds the name of the lesson/course and a placeholder for a relevant graphic.

  • Section Title - this is to be used for introduction to each section. As with the Title, a placeholder is available for the insertion of a relevant graphic.

  • Blank - to be used to insert a blank slide with the top banner for the course and a Title Text placeholder.

  • Custom - to be used to insert a slide with the top banner, Title Text placeholder, a Text placeholder, and a graphic placeholder.

  • Question - to be used to insert a slide for a scored exam.

  • Question1 - to be used to assign a layout for a Knowledge Check Question.

  • KCIntro - used by the Knowledge Check Introduction slide.

  • Goals - used by the Course Goals slide. Also used by Section Objectives slides.

  • Summary - used by the Course Summary slide. Also used by the Section Summary slides.

  • Video - used by the Video slides where a video is captured using Storyline's Screen Recording abilities

  • Demo - used to introduce the Videos and Step-by-Step slides. Also used to introduce the Practice slides.

  • Globe - used by the Course Contents slide.

  • DemoPracBK - used as background for Demonstration and Practice slides



For the purposes of organization, the template is divided into Scenes that correspond to the sections in the course according to the Course Outline. Here you see a Story View of the scenes that correspond to the sections in the Course Outline.




Scene 1: Introduction


Scene 1 has 3 "canned" slides, that is, slides that will be part of each course.


Course Title

Course Goal

Course Contents











Scene 2: Overview of the System

Scene 2 has several "canned: slides and a starting slide for adding content.


Section Objective

First Content Slide

Knowledge Check Introduction

Sample Knowledge Check Question

Section Summary


























Scene 3: Demonstrations

Scene 3 has a Menu slide to launch the Videos and Step-by-Step demonstrations.






Scene 4: Practices

Scene 4 has a Menu slide to launch the Practice Exercises.



Scene 5: Assessment

Scene 5 has a Menu slide to launch the Scored Practice Exercises.








Scene 6: Summary and Exam

Scene 6 has a Course Summary, A Course Exam introduction, Draw from Slides to match number of Course Objectives, an Exam Results slide and an Exit.
















A number of different Interactions (shown below) are already set up in the Overview section and can be duplicated or modified as needed.

Engage Interactions

Several different types of Engage Interactions are included to show how Engage can enhance your Storyline module.


Knowledge Checks

The template is preset with 9 different question types as shown here. You can duplicate these as needed. Each is set up to be reset for second/third attempts as desired.


Question Banks


The template is set up with 3 Question Banks to account for 3 Course Objectives but more can be added as needed.


Each Question Bank already has 10 Question Types as shown here. You can easily duplicate these as needed or insert new Questions using the Graded Question option from the Tool Bar.


The Draw From Slides


The Summary and Exam Scene has 3 Draw from slides and each is set up currently draw 5 of the 10 questions from a Question Bank. The goal is to have the same number of Question Banks as you have Course Objectives, and then have that number of Draw from slides.






Tom Hall
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