I use Articulate Storyline 360 with Amanda Bell, another instructional designer. This is the newest version of Articulate. The software is now more cloud-based and it is very well designed.
I thought it would be helpful to others to see a list of the features that Amanda and I really appreciate and use on a regular basis.
Articulate Storyline Tools
- Allows fast development with a very professional look and feel.
- Everything is responsive automatically, works on all devices
- Three development tools for different levels of development:
- Basic: Studio 360 Converts Powerpoint to a stand-alone tutorial
- Intermediate: Rise – Quick module development
- Advanced: Storyline 360 – a detailed development environment for very interactive and branching tutorials. Interactive slides created in 360 can easily be included inside of a Rise module.
The interface between all these tools is very consistent and fluid.
Other Development Tools
- Peek – Records screencasts similar to Camtasia and Storyline 360 has this feature built-in.
- Publishing a course involves the click of a single button and finished modules run on any device.
- Content Library
- Contains 1,000’s of public domain images, with instant search and automatic accreditation to the copyright owners
- Hundreds of characters, each having 20+ different poses and expressions – a click away. A wide diversity of people and occupations are represented. This collection is continually growing.
- Images, illustrations, and icon are immediately available for all types of training situations
- Templates for quizzes, click and drag, scenarios, and whole presentations. For everything. These are very professional looking and designed to be customized with any content.
- Modern Fonts – Nine built into Rise and Articulate 360 with the ability to add custom fonts making font choice unlimited.
- Articulate Review allows detailed collaboration between developers and stakeholders with version control.
- Text-to-Speech is built in – Blocks of onscreen text can be immediately converted to voice and can be used to match various character avatars. This is a vast improvement over separately recording individual voice-overs and maintaining all those sound files. The speech is life-like.
- Video Enhancement with Q/A Options Any video included in a module can automatically include questions throughout, making them much more interactive.
- Interactive Tutorials from Screencasts A screencast demonstration can be automatically converted into a step-by-step simulation with the click of a button.
The Articulate Storyline Community
- Articulate has a huge community of thousands of active eLearning developers.
- The ability for course developers (and stakeholders) to work together using the Articulate Review.
- Very extensive online tutorials and training.
- These are short and concise (less than 5 minutes).
- Weekly emails with examples and tutorials from Articulate and other developers.
- Regular challenges published showing how other developers solve eLearning problems.
- Articulate Live – Live webinars with eLearning experts. New ones available every few days.
Use Articulate Storyline to Increase Student Interaction
- Easy-to-implement branching with feedback based on student’s decisions
- Easy-to-implement click-and-drag screens with a wide variety of templates to build on.
- Interactive objects including buttons, sliders, dials, hotspots, input, and click markers
- Gamification easy to set up using Articulate templates
- Scenarios, timelines, process, tabs, and related content can all be built using existing templates.
Use Articulate Storyline to Assess Student Learning
- Multiple templates for self-grading quizzes for fast development
- Ability to add assessment questions inside of videos
- Link graded quizzes to an LMS
- Controlled questions for branching
- Customize feedback for each student interaction.
The Articulate ecosystem allows the developer to focus on the content, not on the mechanizations.
If you have access to Storyline 360, check out the automated step-by-step tutorials that you can easily make from screen capture videos. Here is a three-part tutorial showing all the details. https://community.articulate.com/series/107/articles/articulate-storyline-360-tutorial-how-to-create-interactive-simulations