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I’ve been comparing MS PowerPoint with Articulate Storyline 2 for the last couple of days since I’m trying to make learning modules a part of my tech communication tool kit. Gone are the days when all users wanted was a big thick “user guide.” Now users want to engage themselves with the material on multiple platforms, including social media. One important step in that direction is adding interactivity to our presentations.
Overall, I think Articulate Storyline 2 (AS2) has a huge advantage over PowerPoint (PPT): PPT is a presentation software whereas AS2 is an interactive learning software. Yes, PPT offers some degree of interactivity but it pales next to what you can do with AS2.
Branching and object modification are important features AS2 offers that PPT does not, at least not at the same level. FOr example, when as a user I click and make a choice on an AS2 “scene”, the figure on the scene can change his or her expression, matching the outcome. For example, if I’ve ,made a wrong choice, the figure can frown and ask me to repeat the quiz. Or if I make a correct choice, the figure can congratulate me and then move me over to a different scene.
There are many successful examples of interactive learning modules you can create with AS2:
One other interesting feature AS2 provides are SLIDE LAYERS. You can add different “outcome layers” to the same slide, WITHOUT actually creating new slides (as would be the case in PPT), and then link each action (clicking different objects etc.) taken on the BASE LAYER to these different layers.
In a project with dozens or even hundreds of slides, this will help you keep the number of slides to a minimum since you can have many “slides” as “layers” hidden inside the BASE LAYER.