Create Courses with Articulate Rise
As instructional designers, we know so much goes on behind the scenes of a great eLearning course. If we can use a tool that allows us to create courses we designed more easily? Even better!
We love using Articulate Rise to create courses that look sleek and professional. In this step-by-step tutorial with Storyline Ninja, Stephen Seebaran introduces all the basic features of Articulate Rise, gives you his best design tips, and shows you how to use Rise’s tools to engage your audience. Stephen is also our Storyline coach for The Instructional Design and Tech Accelerator certificate program. Students get free monthly coaching sessions, but he also offers paid sessions to anyone that signs up!
What is Articulate Rise?
Articulate Rise is a web-based application. That means you don’t have to install software, and you can access it from any kind of computer. This accessibility, combined with how easy it is to use, makes Rise a popular tool with instructional designers and their clients.
Using Rise for Instructional Design Projects
There are countless ways you could use Rise to create courses or other instructional design projects. However, as an instructional designer, you must recognize when a training request is well-suited for Rise.
You can learn how to do that by using the tool, watching tutorials (like the one Stephen recorded for us), and viewing the course samples that Articulate provides as templates.
Here are a couple of specific examples of courses that worked well in Rise:
Compliance and Ethics courses
Compliance training is a necessary evil for most organizations, so it’s a widespread project for instructional designers. Rise can be a good fit for compliance trainings as it’s easy to break down into small, easily navigable lessons.
Compliance training also needs to be easily accessible to the audience. Since it’s typically a yearly mandated course, the more responsive your course is, the better. A considerable benefit of Rise is that your course converts seamlessly for mobile viewing.
Leadership and Upskilling Courses
Here’s another standard training ask whether you’re working for a corporation or freelance clients. Leadership training and other professional skill development are popular offerings across many organizations.
Rise’s visual appeal and easy-to-integrate quizzing often make it a top choice to develop leadership training.
Here’s a creative use for Rise that I saw recently. This instructional designer built a Rise course as a resource hub for a train-the-trainers session. Then, within each lesson, they dropped the resources the trainer would need for that session, along with helpful notes, videos, and handouts.
Using Rise’s Features to Create Courses
There are so many cool features within Rise that can add to your courses. Here are a few highlights to give you an idea of what you can create.
1. Interactive images
Rise allows you to use images within your course in several ways. For example, you can insert an image carousel or a header image with text. Another fun feature is the labeled graphic, which allows you to place interactive popups over any image.
You can upload your images or choose from Articulate 360’s content library.
2. Engaging interactions
If you’re developing eLearning using Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate, you can devote hours to creating interactive content. Not so with Rise! Rise has many interactions built-in. Just choose the right one, insert your content, and you’re all set!
Some of the interactions you can choose from include an accordion, tabs, processes, timelines, and scenarios.
3. Easy quizzing
Rise allows you to easily insert a knowledge check within a lesson or add a quiz to any module.
Choose from standard quiz options like multiple choice, multiple response, fill in the blank, and matching.
4. Varied text formats
Rise can be an excellent choice for your text-heavy courses because it offers many options for presenting text.
Insert text onscreen as a statement or quote to draw your audience’s attention. Or break up content using lists, bullet points, or columns. Alternatively, use the interactions listed above like accordion, tabs, or process to present your text more engagingly.
5. Embedded multimedia
If you have audio, video, or documents that need to be included in your course, no worries with Rise!
You can easily embed your content right within a lesson.
Wrapping It Up
At The Instructional Design Company, Articulate 360 is one of our preferred authoring suites. As a result, we’ve included an entire module on developing eLearning with Articulate Storyline. And stay tuned because we will soon be launching a second module on developing eLearning using Articulate Rise!
The Instructional Design and Tech Accelerator certificate program is a comprehensive, hands-on course for new and aspiring instructional designers. Check out these ten reasons to join the Instructional Design and Tech Accelerator program.
Now, I’m curious to hear your ideas for how to create courses using Rise! Jump over to The Hangout, a community for instructional design lovers of all levels, and tell me what you’re loving about this application. If you have hangups or questions about creating courses using Articulate Rise, send a question out to the group! You’ll find so many Hangout community members eager to help.