Tips for weaving together Articulate Storyline and Rise

Articulate boasts one of the most popular authoring tools on the market today, and here at Like-Minded both Storyline and Rise frequently deliver to our clients’ needs. As a developer, it has been fun experimenting with triggers, layer, settings, activities, block and publishing settings. Many users barely scratch the surface of the capability and functionality of these applications, but both Storyline and Rise not only have their own place in the current market, they also can work neatly together.

Articulate Storyline

Storyline is an incredibly powerful tool that if it weren’t for budget and time constraints, would be limited only by the creatives’ minds. The layout, the menu, the sequence of learning, the interactives, and the output, are all in your control if you have the time and energy and work hard to develop the expertise. Like any skill, it takes effort before you are producing effective learning modules and it doesn’t happen by chance, you need some training or at least guidance. Even with templates and a robust process, you still need that drive to dig deeper and master your craft when it comes to using this tool.

Storyline is best when you want a truly unique learning experience; when there are activities or key learning points that need a level of complexity. Flexibility means you can better present your learning experiences in line with company brand and it integrates well with a learning management system for reporting purposes.

Articulate RISE

If Storyline is the Ferrari of authoring tools, then Rise, in contrast, is more like the family saloon. It is designed to be quick and easy but that comes at a cost, albeit often a bearable cost, of reduced flexibility. Most basic interactive needs are there, it offers a clean design, but you are limited by how much you can tailor the elements. Rise does offer high responsiveness that works fluently across desktop, tablets and mobile platforms, which is a big draw card. However, the rigid structure presents a risk of multiple courses becoming ‘samey’ and that becomes boring. If you are lucky enough to have access to a graphic wizard, the real individuality of courses comes from including highly effective visuals. Articulate’s extensive content library can help, but again limits you to stock photos and characters which can reek of ‘Articulate’. If monitoring results matter, it’s not such an easy route for knowledge checks to be accessed by teachers and tutors.

Get the best of both worlds!

With advantages and disadvantages for both tools – wouldn’t it be great to get the best of both worlds! Well, you can! Rise with a dash of Storyline. That’s where we find ourselves most of the time in our effort to deliver the best outcome for our clients.

Celebrating the Rise storyline block

One of Rise’s most underrated blocks is the Storyline block, a simple block that allows you to embed a more complex interactive into the simplicity of Rise. This can lift the learning back up to a more engaging level and lets you deliver more complex learning activities inside Rise.

Tips for integrating Storyline into Rise

Here are three tips that will help you to effectively blend Rise and Storyline.

1.      Cohesive design

Design your Storyline activities to blend in with the other Rise elements, to stop them from standing out and disrupting the flow.

2.      Retain the responsiveness

To keep the end product as responsive as possible keep your Storyline blocks to a square design, to present well in both landscape and portrait.

3.      Placement of supporting text

Keep any instructions or introductory text outside of Storyline. Add it as a Rise paragraph above or below the Storyline block.

While both are exceptional learning tools in their own right, using them together can help elevate your eLearning to an even higher level. Quick templates and sticking to simple Storyline designs will give you the interest but will avoid some of the additional costs that complex Storyline development brings to a project.

Get practicing!

Here are a few ideas of easy Storyline interactives that you could try as Storyline blocks to lift your next course.

  • Text entry     

Encourage input from the learner. Getting the learner to type out a response or example can often reinforce learning.

  • Slider           

A slider varies the way learners can give their responses and is sadly absent in Rise.

  • Scenarios     

While Rise does have a scenario block it is tricky to use and exceptionally limiting. Designing your own questions and scenario behaviour is a powerful learning tool.

  • Hotspots       

Everyone likes a puzzle! Images that encourage the learner to find and select the corrects areas, then receives immediate and relevant feedback keeps attention.