Content Authoring Pilot - Using Storyline with the content authoring pilot

This document outlines the process of using Storyline modules with xAPI for the content authoring solution.


Articulate Storyline is an interactive content authoring software for Windows only. 50 Articulate 360 Teams licenses have been purchased with Canvas project funding as a bridge until campus completes an RFP. Licenses can be requested via this form. Funding for licenses beyond May 10, 2019 cannot be guaranteed and likely will need to be funded by departments provided a campus RFP with the vendor is successful. As such, campus cannot guarantee that the use of Articulate 360 will continue to be supported or available.

Storyline is an option for creating critical reader modules but is better suited for creating case scenarios -where the student takes a role and makes decisions applying things they've learned in class and gets feedback on the choices they've made.

Storyline projects can be packaged as a SCORM module and uploaded to Canvas. Canvas supports SCORM modules but it has several downsides - no SCORM reports are available and users can retake SCORM assignments in Canvas multiple times. Due to only the grade from a SCORM module being stored in Canvas the pilot is looking at how to use xAPI to store more detailed information on how students use interactive modules built in tools like Storyline.


This is an outline of the process to use a Storyline module with the content authoring pilot solution:

  1. Design your Storyline module. Some links to tutorials on how to get started building Storyline modules:
    1. E-Learning Heroes "Getting Started with Storyline 360 and Storyline 3"
    2. "Learning Articulate Storyline 360" - for more info on accessing see - Logging into on your computer
  2. Publish your Storyline module with xAPI. This is what this document covers below.
  3. Upload your Storyline xAPI module to the pilot WordPress instance with the Grassblade xAPI plugin. This is covered in: Content Authoring Pilot - Uploading a Storyline or Captivate module to WordPress/GrassBlade
  4. Configure a Canvas assignment to use the Storyline module you uploaded to WordPress. This is covered in: Content Authoring Pilot - Configuring a Canvas assignment to use a Captivate or Storyline module uploaded to WordPress / GrassBlade
  5. Once everything has been setup you will need to manually send the Storyline module grade from WordPress to Canvas once students have gone through the module. This is covered in: Content Authoring Pilot - Sending a grade from a Storyline or Captivate module in WordPress to Canvas
  6. If you want to see more detailed information on how students used your Storyline module you will need to work with the content authoring team or look at and export the data from Learning Locker. This is covered in Content Authoring Pilot - Exporting data from Learning Locker and working with the data in Excel . You will also want to refer to Content Authoring Pilot - Parsing Storyline xAPI data and answers in GrassBlade and Learning Locker .

If you are a content authoring pilot participant and have a question on your module's integration with Canvas or Learning Locker please e-mail and include a link to the module you or your students are having trouble with, along with a link to your Canvas course. Include your operating system version and browser version. At this time dedicated training and support on Storyline and Learning Locker is not available.

Publishing a Storyline module with xAPI

You will need to publish your Storyline module with xAPI if you want to use it with the content authoring pilot solution:

  1. When you are ready to publish your project click File -> Publish.
  2. Click the LMS tab on the left.
  3. Give your project a title and make sure you select a folder to publish it to that you can find later.
  4. Click the drop-down next to LMS and select Tin Can API:
    Screen capture showing the Storyline "Publish" window on the "LMS" tab with the "Tin Can API" selected in the LMS dropdown.
  5. Click the Reporting and Tracking button. A Reporting and Tracking window will open.
  6. Enter a Title, Description, Identifier that are unique for your project:
    Screenshot showing the Storyline "Reporting and Tracking" window with optinos for "Title", "Description", "Identifer" and "Launch URL"
  7. Click on the Tracking tab.
  8. Usually you'll want to use Track using quiz result and select the results slide to use:
    Screenshot showing the Storyline "Reporting and Tracking Options" window open to the Tracking tab with "Track using quiz result" option selected along with a quiz results slide.
  9. Click the OK button to close the Reporting and Tracking Options window.
  10. Click the Publish button. Storyline has published your project to the folder you specified in step 3.
  11. Click the ZIP button to create a ZIP folder of your published files. Make note of where this is as you'll need it for the next step to upload to WordPress as outlined in Content Authoring Pilot - Uploading a Storyline or Captivate module to WordPress/GrassBlade

To “Pass” passing score needs to be set in Quiz results slide to send as “passed” in Learning Locker. Learning Locker checks both conditions regardless - passed percentage within quizzing, as well as completion. You can complete, but not pass and can conceivably pass without completing.

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Keywords:articulate, storyline, fall, 2017, content, authoring, pilot, learning, locker, record, store, xapi, statements, wordpress, grassblade   Doc ID:76534
Owner:Dan L.Group:Academic Technology Pilots
Created:2017-09-14 06:50 CDTUpdated:2018-06-05 11:18 CDT
Sites:Academic Technology Pilots, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison
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