To create a web-based training or a video-based e-learning, you are certainly working with an authoring tool such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate. Such authoring tools offer many possibilities of simple course design. But what if you would like to make your courses more complex and individually adapted to your learners? Therefore, you can use variables.
Variables are used for information acquisition and information storage to display dynamic content in your course. They can be used in addition to simple e-learning also within video-based e-learning. Thus, for example, text variables can be used to ask for the name of the subscriber or to display dynamic text. Or you can use numeric variables to count the clicks of a learner to a particular element. Using variables, you can also personalize the course development of each learner.
Depending on the authoring tool you are using, there are countless options available for the usage of variables. Just search the web for possible variables to your tool. On the whole, however, there are three types of variables available:
- Text variables
- Numeric variables
- True/False variables
In summary, variables offer you especially the following possibilities to make your e-learning course more complex and dynamic:
- Personalized course through text variables, which ask for the name of the learner
- Individual feedback based on counts through numeric variables
- Individual pathways for learners through the use of true/false variables
- Display dynamic text through text variables
- Counts and calculations with numeric variables
- Progress indicator and tracking of completed modules in the course
In addition, variables offer countless other possibilities to enhance the interactions of your web-based training or video-based e-learning. If you would like to get deeper into this subject, we recommend that you seek further information on the webpage of your authoring tool vendor, e.g. search for understanding variables, adding variables, variables and advanced actions, etc.)
Source: blogs.articulate.com & helpx.adobe.com