Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Using interactive Storyline modules with WordPress/GrassBlade, Learning Locker, and Canvas

Storyline is an advanced content authoring tool that should only be used by technically inclined instructors or instructors who have local learning technology support staff. Please take this into account when deciding to use Storyline for the creation of course and assignment materials.

This document outlines the process of using Storyline for advanced content authoring and reporting. It includes information on how to host your content in WordPress via Grassblade, embed it in Canvas as an assignment, setup grade passback to Canvas, and request student activity. It is for instructors who need access to more detailed information on how students use their Storyline modules, such as how students answered specific questions within the module. This is a reasonably complex solution. It will be of interest to technically inclined instructors, instructors who have local learning technology support staff to support them with this process, or instructors for whom using a SCORM module with Canvas won't meet their pedagogical needs.


Articulate Storyline 360 is an interactive content authoring software for Windows only. As of May 2019, Storyline licenses will need to be purchased by departments.

Storyline can be used to create critical reader modules, but it is better suited for creating case scenarios. Case scenarios allow students to take a role and make decisions, apply what they've learned in class and get feedback on the choices they've made.

Storyline projects can be packaged as a SCORM module and uploaded to Canvas directly. SCORM is a standard governing how online learning content and Learning Management Systems (LMSs) communicate with each other. For more information on how to upload a SCORM module to Canvas, see Instructure's guide How do I import SCORM files as an assignment? While using Storyline modules published with SCORM in Canvas requires fewer steps than the process described below, there are a few downsides:

  • SCORM reports are not available on more detailed student usage of a module. For example, you cannot see information on how a student answered a particular question.
  • Users can retake SCORM assignments in Canvas multiple times.
  • Only a student's most recent attempt of a SCORM assignment is stored by Canvas.
  • If a student re-enters a SCORM assignment and doesn't complete it, their score will be reset to 0.

The content authoring solution uses Storyline projects published with xAPI, as well as a suite of tools to store student data and send a grade to the Canvas gradebook. xAPI is a specification that makes it possible to collect very granular data about a wide range of student experiences and allows multiple technology systems to communicate with each other.


  • General Storyline support will be provided by the vendor (Articulate). This support is included as part of the Storyline Teams licenses. Because of their excellent service, we recommend making use of this support whenever possible.
  • DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT) provides documentation and support to assist faculty and staff in setting up the integrations between Storyline, Canvas, and the other tools needed to support that integration. School, college, and department instructional technologists will be responsible for providing any additional end-user support when possible.
  • If you have a question on your module's integration with Canvas, WordPress/GrassBlade, or Learning Locker please request a consultation with Learn@UW-Madison staff by contacting the DoIT Help Desk. Include a link to the module you are having trouble with, along with a link to your Canvas course. Please also include your operating system version and browser version.


This is an outline of how to use a Storyline module with advanced content authoring and reporting:

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Keywords:articulate, storyline, content, authoring, pilot, learning, locker, record, store, xapi, statements, wordpress, grassblade, SCORM, Canvas, grade, gradebook, report, analytics, interactive, multimedia, ACAR   Doc ID:76534
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2017-09-14 06:50 CDTUpdated:2019-07-25 13:47 CDT
Sites:Academic Technology Pilots, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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