Articulate Studio '13 for Beginnners
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Articulate Studio '13 for Beginnners

Create compelling online presentations and trainings using the industry's leading eLearning creation suite.
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Created by Nathan Solomon
Last updated 7/2015
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create compelling, user-driven presentations and trainings using the tools available in the Studio '13 suite of applications.
  • Understand each step in the workflow from start to finish; from the initial sketch to the final publish.
  • Basic knowledge of PowerPoint will be helpful before enrolling. However, it's not required, as all skills in the course, whether native to Studio '13 or to PowerPoint, will be explained.

Hi, my name is Nate, and I'll be your trainer for this Articulate Studio '13 course. Throughout this course, you'll learn to use the tools available to you in Studio '13 to go beyond mundane, slide-by-slide presentations, and create engaging, user driven experiences. This will make online trainings more enjoyable for viewers, while increasing the likelihood that they'll retain what they're learning. Articulate has done a great job with this software suite. Creating interactive experiences has never before been possible without coding skills and ELearning creation has never been more intuitive. Still, some instruction is required to get the most from this software suite. As a computer trainer, I've taught this same curriculum in live classroom settings, and I always receive some positive feedback -- especially regarding my emphasis on workflow. With so many tools available to you in the Studio '13 suite, it's difficult to know where to start and what to do next. I'll give you a step by step workflow of what I see as the most effective and efficient way to build a presentation from scratch. I'll show you how to download the course exercise files so you can work on presentations right alongside me. In this course you'll learn by doing, not just by watching. We'll create quizzes, interactions, screen recordings, narration, animations and much more. I look forward to instructing you on this powerful eLearning creation software and empowering you to make engaging eLearning presentations and trainings using Articulate Studio '13.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is crafted with the beginner in mind. The pace and teaching style is considerate of the developing skillsets of the beginner user.
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 02:53:30
+ Getting Started
7 lectures 19:11

Introduction to the the Articulate Studio '13 software suite including it's integration with PowerPoint and preliminary information for the course including how to download the course exercise files.

Preview 06:12

A broad overview of the four parts that make up the software suite

Preview 00:40

An overview of Quizmaker, used for creating assessments for your viewers throughout or at the end of the your presentations.

Preview 03:09

An overview of Engage, used to add interactions into presentations to increase viewer engagement with the material and improve their knowledge retention.

Engage - heighten user engagement with interactions

Articulate Replay is the screen recording application included in the Studio '13 suite. Demonstrate processes or skills by recording it being done and then import the video into the presentation.

Replay - demonstrate it with a screen recording

Presenter is the PowerPoint tab labeled "Articulate". It is the launch point for many of the actions you'll perform as you piece your presentation together.

Presenter - where it all comes together

Knowing all the steps in the process of creating your presentation or training will help keep you on track. Know just what tools to use and when to use them to ensure it all comes together.

The workflow - first this, then that
+ Presentation Build 1
6 lectures 36:15

The first three steps of the workflow are shown and explained. First, sketch out the structure of the presentation or training. Then, build the slides in PowerPoint. Third, add in the hyperlinks that will allow a viewer to navigate through the triaining.

Sketch, Build, and Hyperlink

Using PowerPoint to preview is a big "no no", as the Studio '13 elements won't display properly that way. Get used to performing your previews using the Articulate tab up on the ribbon.

Previewing the presentation

Interactions help connect a user to the content being communicated. The checklist interaction is the first one we'll create and is well suited for the information being communicated in this field experience informational presentation.

Creating your first interaction

Hyperlinks won't provide answers for all of your navigational needs. Creating branching and making other adjustments within slide properties will ensure the training progresses in the intended manner.

Fine-tune your navigation

The initial sketch is only a draft. Other ideas and insights may come to mind as the build progresses. Adding in new slides or modifying existing slides is certainly to be expected.

Adding in new ideas along the way

Its important when saving your file to be aware of the other files that are created alongside your saved PowerPoint file. These files never need to be accessed directly, but need to be sent along with the main PowerPoint file if other people need to work on the presentation.

Saving the file
+ Presentation Build 2
9 lectures 45:21

Quizzes can be used to assess along the way, as a knowledge checkpoint before allowing a viewer to advance to the rest of the material.

Making Quizzes in Quizmaker

How a quiz question looks and behaves within the quiz can be customized. This includes the correct/incorrect feedback that a user sees upon answering, as well as other characteristics.

Customizing a quiz question

Change the settings for a quiz including what qualifies as a passing score, how or if results will be shown to the quiz taker, and whether or not to randomize the questions of the quiz when it loads.

Customizing a quiz and it's results slide

The second set of quiz properties is located on the quiz placeholder slide and contains settings effecting navigation.

Additional quiz properties

Freeform questions are visual or action oriented. For a drag-and-drop question, a user is required to drop images onto correct drop targets. This type of question is set up in both form view and slide view modes.

Quizzes: Drag-and-Drop freeform questions

Within slide view, the format tab has a command to allow image backgrounds to appear transparent. This is particularly useful for making images look good in drag-and-drop questions.

Knocking out image backgrounds

Images are added to a drag-and-drop style question using slide view, but switching to form view is required to designate how the question will function (assigning images to correct drop targets.)

Setting up freeform questions in form view

Hotspot style questions are another popular freeform type of question. They require a user to click on a correct area of an image to get the question right. These areas are designated by drawing "hotspots" onto the image when the question is being made.

Quizzes: Hotspot freeform questions

Having a main menu slide is not always suited for presentations that progress through content sections in a predefined order. Re-purposing the main menu slide to instead indicate a user's progress through the training may be a better choice for the flow of this training.

Changing the structure for a better flow
+ Presentation Build 3
13 lectures 01:12:45

Sometimes showing is better than explaining with words. Replay is the screen casting application that exports screen recordings into .mp4 video files that can be imported into the training.

Creating a screen recording

Unlike interactions and quizzes, you must make a blank slide for your screen recordings to be imported onto.

Importing your screen recordings

The media panel interaction lets a viewer click on a thumbnail image to explore more information above.

Interaction type: Media Panel

Colors, playback, and quality settings can all be adjusted using the interaction properties button found back in Engage. This set of properties differs from the "interaction properties" button found right on the slide, which has more to do with navigation.

Interaction properties

The labeled graphic interaction type allows a user to click on markers that have been placed over an image to learn more about that area or spot on the image.

Interaction type: Labeled Graphic

Another look at slide properties to ensure a training advances along as its intended to.

Tweaking the navigation

Add voice narrations to enhance a presentation. Refrain from using the audio command on the Insert tab, that's not compatible with a Studio '13 publish. Instead, use the record narration button on the Articulate tab. Syncing of slide animations can be done during the recording or afterwards.

Recording narration and syncing animations

Outside applications can be used to record narration into an audio file which can then be imported. Whether imported from a file or recorded within the application, syncing of slide animations can be done (or corrected) using the sync animations button.

Importing narration audio and syncing animations

Narration (either imported or recorded) can be edited using the audio editor button. This is useful for silencing rogue sounds that may have made it into the audio like coughs or shuffling of papers.

Editing narration audio

Annotations can help bring a user's visual focus to specific areas of a slide. As an accompaniment to screen recordings, they can improve the effectiveness of the demonstration by keeping the viewer looking in the right places.

Enhancing a slide with annotations

The player's colors can be changed, and several of it's features can be toggled on or off. A player with the menu turned off, or at least re-positioned to the upper right, looks more minimal.

Customizing the player

Navigational problems are sometimes discovered in the final preview. Sometimes duplicating a slide and modifying the duplicate, along with easy adjustments to branching, is all that is needed to solve these dilemmas.

Fixing navigational hiccups

Of the publish options, web and LMS are the most used. All files and folders created during the publish process are necessary for the presentation to run (so all must be uploaded to the web server or LMS). The file that viewers should be directed to is named "presentation" which will automatically direct them to the other presentation file if it is detected that their equipment cannot view Flash content.

Publishing a presentation