It’s a great time to be creating eLearning; development tools continue to evolve, and a new player on the scene is a real game-changer–especially if you need high quality mobile learning. As if Storyline wasn’t great enough, with their new Articulate 360 suite, Articulate now offers us Articulate Rise. The main difference between Storyline and Rise is this: Rise is an entirely online course development tool, and the content published from Rise features a fully responsive design. That means whether your learners access a Rise course using a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone, Rise automatically detects the type of device and delivers the course optimized for viewing on that type of device! It’s practically magical.
Now, Rise can’t currently compete with Storyline in terms of more advanced features and types of interactions, but for basic, linear informational courses needing a bit of stylish interaction, Rise offers a number of elegant templates and a lot of room for creativity. And because it’s template-driven, it means building a course with Rise takes less time–and less money. Of course, you can still add your own branding and color scheme.
Another difference to keep in mind: since audio files do not autoplay on mobile devices, so any audio you include in a Rise course will require the learner to click to hear the audio file. But that’s a small price to pay for eLearning content that looks great on any device. (And of course you should never put critical information only in audio for any eLearning course.) Thanks to tools like Rise, high quality mobile learning is now within every company’s reach. And Articulate continues to enhance the features of Rise, so this is truly only the beginning.
Click on the image in this post to see the sample Rise course I created. It’s an updated version of my eLearning Overview. This brief course will walk you through the process of creating eLearning–and give you a great look at Rise in action at the same time. I think you’ll agree it’s quality eLearning in a very stylish package. I’ve already used Rise with some of my clients, and they are thrilled with the results. Take my sample course for a spin, and let me know what you think!
If you want to learn more about Rise, it will be one of the tools we discuss at our next ATD NYC eLearning SIG meeting on Wednesday, July 26th. Watch the ATD NYC web site for details and to register.
As you may know, I’ve been co-chairing ATD NYC’s eLearning Special Interest Group (SIG) for a few years now; first with Enid Crystal of BlackRock, and now with Mark Cassetta of RBC. We put a lot of work into our sessions, and attendees tell us they get a lot out of them.
In March, we hosted one of our popular roundtable discussions on the topic Making eLearning Interactions Meaningful. As a group, we put together a list of common types of eLearning interactions, and then had a lively (and illustrated) discussion about how we might use each of those types of interaction in a way that adds relevance and resonance for a particular project. After all, not every type of interaction is an easy match with every learning topic. We looked at and discussed samples brought in by some of our creative SIG members–it’s always great to see ideas in action, hands-on. Attendees told us afterward they left with their heads full of new ideas for how to choose an interaction type based on their topic and what they’re trying to say. That’s what we love to hear!
In May, we held a session called Video 101: Lights! Camera! eLearning! which was very well attended both in person and online. Video is becoming more and more popular as a teaching tool, as it becomes easier and easier to for us all to create. Look at YouTube, after all. It’s become a great, global training resource. We talked about when it’s a good idea to consider adding video, and about the common challenges that arise when you decide to include video clips as part of your eLearning (like file size and formats). We spent a good amount of time looking at a wide variety of sample video clips being used for different types of micro-training moments: endorsement, informational, step-by-step training, role-play, guided tour, quizzing, and more. We also talked about the basic gear you need if you want to shoot your own video clips, and examined a typical lighting setup for a good-looking “talking head” clip. Once again, attendees told us they left armed with a lot of great ideas for enhancing their own elearning back on the job. We recorded this session, so if you’re an ATD NYC member, it will be available soon on the member web site.
If you’re in the NYC area, don’t miss out! We only hold six eLearning SIG meetings a year, and every one of them is crammed with great ideas and great discussion. If you’re not already a member of ATD NYC, consider joining. The annual cost is quite low, and while there are many great Chapter events, and other SIGs, the eLearning SIG meetings alone are worth the price of admission.
Our next eLearning SIG meeting will be on Wednesday, July 26th. Mark your calendar, and watch the ATD NYC web site for details and registration. Our topic will be The Rise of Web-based eLearning Development Tools, and it promises to be another great session. In fact, I have a new blog post coming up in which I’ll share an example of a course built with Articulate Rise (see what I did there?), a great new web-based development tool that offers fully responsive design. Stay tuned!
Adobe announces the release of Captivate 8, with new features including the long-awaited Responsive Design. It’s still $19.99/month for an annual contract. If you own Captivate 7, you can also purchase a standalone version of Captivate 8 for $399, but Adobe has made it clear in the past that the ongoing subscription model is the only way to ensure that you receive all updates.
Adobe still doesn’t include Captivate and Presenter, their top two eLearning rapid development tools, in their Creative Cloud (where all the other eLearning enhancement tools you might want, like Edge, Photoshop, and more already live). When I asked them why, I was told not enough people have asked for that. Stay tuned for another post about it; together, maybe we can make them finally change their minds!