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Articulate Storyline is a powerful tool for creating interactive e-learning courses. It provides a wide range of features and functionalities that can significantly enhance the learner experience. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create multi-tabbed content in a Storyline slide.

Using multi-tab content in Articulate Storyline, particularly through the utilization of layers and triggers, significantly enhances the instructional design and learner experience in e-learning courses. This approach not only streamlines the presentation of information but also amplifies engagement and interactivity, which are critical for effective learning. Mult-tabbed content tells and cues the learner that the information presented is closely related to each other and supportive of the main topic.


Solution Strategy or Considerations

This demo and tutorial includes the following Storyline features and functionality:

  • Using Layers
  • Triggers for Tabs
  • Tab Creation
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Lightbox Slides
  • Scrolling Panel
  • Creating Button Sets
  • Object formatting from current Theme

Tools and Systems Used

  • PowerPoint for Concept
  • Articulate Storyline


There’s always something to learn, even when I’m teaching on a subject I’m familiar with. Just getting my computer, audio, screen capture, and script prepared and set up for use, takes a bit of time and great care. 

I know that the more I do this sharing of knowledge and skills, the easier it will get over time. 


Tools Used Throughout Course Design and Development

  • PowerPoint 20% 20%
  • Storyline 50% 50%
  • Camtasia 30% 30%
  • SnagIt 10% 10%
  • Adobe Audition 10% 10%

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Here are several points highlighting the importance and value of using multi-tab content in Storyline:

1. Improved Navigation and Organization
Multi-tab content allows for a more organized and structured presentation of information. By categorizing content into tabs, learners can easily navigate through the material, focusing on one section at a time. This method reduces cognitive overload by breaking down complex information into manageable chunks.

2. Enhanced Engagement
Interactivity is a key factor in learner engagement. By using triggers to show or hide content layers based on the learner’s interaction with tabs, courses become more interactive and engaging. This active involvement in the learning process improves attention and motivation, leading to better retention of information.

3. Personalized Learning Experience
Learners come with different backgrounds, skills, and learning paces. Multi-tab content allows learners to control their learning journey by choosing what content to explore and in what order. This self-directed learning approach caters to individual learning preferences and needs, making the learning experience more personalized and effective.

4. Space Optimization
Screen real estate is valuable, especially for complex topics or when designing for mobile devices. Multi-tab content maximizes the use of space by consolidating information into tabs rather than spreading it across multiple slides. This compact design keeps learners focused and reduces the need to navigate away from the current slide, thereby maintaining context and flow.

5. Increased Interactivity without External Plugins
Storyline’s built-in layers and triggers eliminate the need for external plugins or complex programming to create interactive multi-tab content. Designers can easily set up triggers that show or hide layers when a tab is clicked, making it straightforward to build sophisticated interactivity within the Storyline environment.

6. Supports Varied Content Types
Each tab can contain different types of content, including text, images, videos, and interactive elements. This versatility allows instructional designers to present information in the most appropriate format for each topic, catering to diverse learning styles and enhancing the overall learning experience.

7. Facilitates Scenario-based Learning
Multi-tab content is ideal for scenario-based learning, where learners can explore different outcomes or paths based on their choices. Using layers and triggers, designers can create branching scenarios within a single slide, making the scenarios more immersive and reflective of real-life decision-making.

8. Promotes Knowledge Retention
The interactive nature of multi-tab content, requiring learners to actively engage with the material, promotes deeper cognitive processing. This active engagement helps in better knowledge retention as learners are not just passively consuming information but are involved in their learning process.

9. Accessibility
When designed with accessibility in mind, multi-tab content can be navigated using keyboard shortcuts, and content within tabs can be made accessible to screen readers. This ensures that the course is inclusive and accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.

Incorporating multi-tab content using layers and triggers in Articulate Storyline courses offers a dynamic and flexible way to present information. It not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the courses but also significantly improves learner engagement, understanding, and retention of the material. By leveraging these features, instructional designers can create more effective and interactive e-learning experiences.