Creating elearning: Storyline explainer 6 of 8

Embed an interactive 3d object and import an mp3 music track

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Embed an interactive 3d object and import music.


Name of explainer: Embed an interactive 3d object and import music

Creative theme: Creating elearning

Software used: Articulate Storyline


This is explainer 6 of 8 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Create and save a Storyline project
  2. Create a title slide using text and images
  3. Add an interactive button and preview the project
  4. Embed a YouTube video and publish the project
  5. Add text-to-speech narration and timed animation
  6. Embed an interactive 3d object and import music
  7. Add quiz question slides and a results slide
  8. Final checks and export options

The Software

This series of explainers uses Articulate Storyline, one of the most popular elearning content creation tools. It’s part of a suite of programs called ‘Articulate 360’ which also includes RISE (a tool for rapid content creation) and the online review and commenting platform Review 360.

You can download a free 30 day demo of Articulate Storyline from Articulate’s website. This gives you access to a fully-functioning copy of Storyline (though with a reduced asset library of characters, photos and icons).

Over the course of these eight explainers we’re using Storyline to create a simple elearning package including buttons, video and 3d object interactions, before going on to add quiz questions and a results slide and exporting the package for use on the web.

The finished product

This is how our final Storyline project looks at the end of this explainer series. Welcome to an introduction to Immersive Technologies!

Note the version created in the explainers also includes a menu students can navigate. This is switched off in the version above. All embedded videos / animations were tested as working when this page was last updated.

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE workflow explainer series. Ideally you’ll already be familiar with simple text and image editing.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install Storyline’ or speak with someone familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Depending on your target audience, your viewers may enjoy the rich multimedia interactions afforded by embedding 3d objects in Storyline slides. A 3d scene could be anything from a combustion engine to the immersive body suit tour used in our project!

Sound effects can be added to Storyline interactions (for example when a quiz question is answered correctly). In this case we add an mp3 music track to a slide which will automatically play as the user explores the 3d body suit object!

Let’s do it!

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Good to know

As seen in the explainer, Storyline treats embedded 3d animations from as a normal embedded video, so the INSERT, VIDEO option is used. embeds also require the ‘fixed size’ option to be selected when sharing the embed code, or the animation will not play correctly.

When embedding content from other sites, always test it fully to ensure multimedia options work correctly.

Where to next?

You may be able to think of additional web content to embed in your slides. Almost anything online which offers an embed option can be used so give it a go!

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in June 2023. This page was last updated in June 2023.

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This is number 6 of 8 explainer videos in this series. Make sure you check out the others!