How to Create Custom Drop-down Interactivity in Articulate Storyline 360?

When we are handy with any of the eLearning authoring tools, the next step we think is customization – to make the most use of it. In one of our eLearning projects, there seems to be Custom drop down interactivity need to be inserted. But there is no direct option available in Articulate Storyline 360. Therefore, with our skillful experts we came up with building drop-down navigation interactivity by using layers, triggers and states. Without using a single variable, we have developed drop-down menu interactivity.

The main purpose of this activity is, drop-down menus are most useful interactivities when you consider your slide space is limited. With this interactivity you can simply populate all the options of a question in one drop-down menu in an organized way. This creates good look and feel of the slide and creates more learner engagement.

The functionality of this interactivity is, when the learner attempted all the questions in the activity then only the submit button will be enabled and the activity gets done. Also, in the published output you can get correct and cross marks beside the options to validate the answers. Let’s see how to create custom drop-down using Storyline 360.

Step 1

First, as an example add an interactivity of traffic rules signs with their names. To do so, create a slide and add the required information as shown below.How-to-Create-Custom-Drop-down-Interactivity-in-Storyline-360 [1]-1

Step 2

Create five rectangles and five layers and name the layers as option 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Then, assign each layer for drop-down menus (rectangles) as shown in the trigger panel.

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Step 3

Then, to get the selected option in the field, you need to add states to the rectangles. Let’s assign correct answer as Correct and wrong answers as w1w2w3 for your reference as shown below.

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Step 4

Create an option box with the given option in option 1 layer and add the following triggers to get the selected option name from the drop down box.

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Step 5

After that add a rectangle and edit the states as normal and wrong to indicate the correct answer and wrong answer when the user selects the option from the drop-down menu. Then, follow the triggers as shown in the trigger panel.

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Step 6

Finally, Publish the course to see the output.
Here you can see a screenshot of displaying whether the selected option is right or wrong beside the option.

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Articulate Storyline 360 has become a boon authoring tool for eLearning developers as it made the e-Course customization very convenient. With this tailor made options, you can create fully engaging customized e-learning courses to meet the learner requirements. Hope Articulate Storyline may release a direct option to tweak from the default menu in its next update to create more responsive eLearning courses.

I hope this blog provides good pointers on how you can maximize your learning landscape with the use of Articulate Storyline 360 to enhance your learning designs. Do contact us at [email protected] for any eLearning requirement.

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2 replies
  1. Christa
    Christa says:

    I’ve shared this article with my colleagues who also work with Articulate Storyline. They found it incredibly helpful too. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to more insightful articles from you!


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