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I was asked to review the book “Articulate Storyline Essentials” by Ashley Chiasson. The Articulate Storyline Hub is a pretty comprehensive site for learning and troubleshooting Storyline projects and you may wonder if a book is even necessary in this day and age. What’s nice about a book, and this book in particular, is how it approaches the subject.
This is a nice compact book and really does provide the essentials, without adding extraneous details. As Ashley points out there is a lot of help that can be had on the Elearning Heroes Community. Here are some observations I had:
Note: The book does direct you to a previously published book “Learning Articulate Storyline” which I reviewed previously and mentions another book that Ashley is working on called “Mastering Articulate Storyline” that will extend beyond the basics.
What I really appreciated about this book, however, was how it framed the creation of your e-learning as a “story”. Seems obvious, as the tool is called “Storyline” but most people describe the output they create as e-learning or courses. By labeling it as a story throughout the entire book, you are reminded that you are not just creating a course, but you are weaving a story and that Articulate Storyline is a storytelling tool, not just an e-learning authoring tool. This is a really powerful way to think about your output. It elevates the various components (images, interactivity, audio/video) to story elements. And for new users to the tool, “creating a story” should provide a great starting point to conceptualize projects. Tell the story that you want to tell, don’t create a course.
I think this is a great book for a novice user and very much look forward to Ashley’s next book.
Disclaimer: I was provided a review copy of the book and have worked directly with Ashley. Neither of these factors influenced my review.