MacGyver Storyline with APIs

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 25, 2018

Benjamin Duffy

Director, Learning & Performance Development

Articulate Storyline can be used to create simple and functional interfaces and user applications when you mix in the power of APIs. You can use this tool in unexpected ways to create solutions most wouldn’t expect you could make with a rapid eLearning development tool. It’s easier than you might imagine to learn how Storyline can talk to API-enabled systems.

In this session you will learn what APIs are, and how the Postman application can be used to connect to an API and provide the necessary JavaScript you’ll use in Storyline, allowing you to use this tool in creative new ways. You’ll take a closer look at an example of this—a telephone call recording application and opt out of text message application—and then you’ll learn the basics yourself by looking at the process for creating a Storyline course that can pull in content from an external source.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How Articulate Storyline can talk with other systems through the power of APIs
  • How to use Postman to interact with APIs and create the JavaScript you’ll need for Storyline
  • How to catch data from an external system, load it to a variable, and display it in your course
  • About the basic schema of JSON and how to parse it
  • Why Storyline can’t be put in a box
  • Why APIs are really powerful tools
  • About the utility of global variables


Designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Articulate Storyline, Postman, JavaScript, and JSON.


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