Mastering Storyline Variables and Triggers

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workshop.  

Learners will need to bring their own laptop with a copy of Storyline 360 or 3 installed.

Session Description: 

Looking for ideas of how to create more interesting learner experiences in Storyline? Wishing your eLearning projects could be more interactive and engaging, perhaps even including gaming elements? If so, then you’ll want to explore what you can do using variables and triggers. This hands-on workshop will provide you with tips, tricks, and techniques you can use to put them to work immediately and unleash your creativity.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply variables and triggers within your Storyline projects and, as a result, develop more engaging courses. Understanding variables and how to manage them with triggers will improve your skill set, and your projects will now be limited only by your creativity. The possibilities for your designs become unlimited when you incorporate variables and triggers into your projects. This workshop will expose you to variables and triggers and allow you to work through exercises that will let you put them into practice immediately.


This workshop is for novice to intermediate users who already have some basic understanding of Storyline, but want to expand and improve upon their knowledge of the tool.

In this session you will learn:

  • The difference between text, number, and Boolean variables
  • How to create the different types of variables
  • How to manipulate variables with triggers
  • How to control objects, layers, and states with variables and conditional triggers
  • How to personalize learning experiences using variables and triggers
  • How to create gaming elements to add to your designs using variables and triggers


We will be using the most recent version of Articulate Storyline 360 (or users can use 3) throughout this workshop.

Learners will need to bring their own laptop with a copy of Storyline 360 installed. A complimentary 60-day trial version can be downloaded and installed prior to the course here: 

Should you download the trial version, we recommend that you install no more than one or two days prior to the session.  This will allow you some practice time after the workshop.  Additional questions regarding installing/running Storyline may be directed to the presenter.

Participants will need to download resource files sent by the presenter ahead of event day.

Instructor Biography:

Tracy Parish
Education Technology Specialist
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Tracy Parish is an education technology specialist for a Regional Health Centre. She has a diverse educational background of computer programming, adult educational training, eLearning design and development leading to an instructional design career. Tracy has over 10 years of experience including LMS implementation and administration, face-to-face and online instructional design, development, and project management. Her work involves collaboration with hospital educators leading to the creation of an extensive catalog of content for staff and patients. Tracy is an active Articulate Community Hero, co-host of the Toronto Storyline User Group, presenting at several of their Toronto Road Shows, and is the Social Media/Marketing Director for the Canadian Elearning Conference.