WireWax Interactive Video in Storyline

Unboxing Challenge

If you want to put your eLearning design skills to the test, eLearning Heroes weekly challenges is the way to go. It is amazing to see how different designers approach the same challenge weekly. I’m stealing and learning with every challenge. This last challenge was about unboxing videos. Unboxing is literally opening a box. Apparently, this genre has millions of fans all over the world.

Interactive Unboxing

My unboxing video is about unboxing several things at the same time.

  1. First, it’s about unboxing how WireWax interactive video can be embedded in Storyline. With a little bit of a JavaScript code, they can talk to each other. Two way!! WireWax is an interactive video platform, where you can designate hotspots on your videos. With their JavaScript API, it’s possible to control that experience from within Storyline. You’ll see in the example that Storyline knows exactly where you are in the video. It also detect when you click on a hotspot (or not). Moreover, Storyline can stop you from jumping ahead!
  2. I’m also unboxing an idea of a podcast, Hello WORL&D! — Life of a decomposer. More to come on that. It’s a semi-satirical podcast on problem solving in L&D. Decomposition in computer science is the act of breaking down a complex problem into smaller parts, which I’m always following with clients when addressing business problems. Decomposers, on the hand, in biology, work with the dead. They recycle the parts we don’t need anymore in order to create something new. Something fresh. The juxtaposition of the two concepts is the base of my coming podcast.


The example above was done using a free account in WireWax. You can do fancier things such as branching within WireWax, or custom hotspots, if you have a paid account.

What can you use the interactive video platform with Storyline?

Couple of ideas:

  • Play a scenario. Stop it from Storyline, and ask what happens next! Or, what would be the right response!
  • Let WireWax handle the scenario with branching, but keep a tab on what the user is doing from within Storyline. At the end of the scenario, give them feedback! You can even send them back to very spot in the video where they made a mistake.
  • Choose your own adventure! Imagine if you earn or buy tools (knowledge, skills, behaviors) in Storyline, and you’ll see those in the interactive video.
  • FAQ with an expert. Ask a question and the expert responds accordingly.
  • And, if you happen to teach referees about rules of soccer: show an incident and ask them what would the ref do?

How else would you use interactive video in your next project?


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