Creating customized e-learning is hard work that involves applying good instructional design principles acquired through years of experience in learning and design. E-learning courseware developers use rapid authoring tools to create these customized e-learning modules that are completely engaging and interactive.
However, considering the breadth of options available and the modern-day learning needs, Articulate Storyline 360 seems like a much needed improvement over its earlier versions. Articulate 360 is a multi-tool package comprising Storyline 360, Rise, Content Library, Articulate Review, Preso, Peek, Studio 360, Replay 360, and Articulate Live. In this blog, we will review the main features or strengths of Articulate 360 and see how they can be leveraged to meet specific needs.
1. Rapid Authoring Done Right with Built-in Templates
At times, a company might find itself rushing for e-learning, and most often than not, end up creating a product that throws out the window both quality and visual design. For situations like these, when a project needs to be completed within tight schedules, Articulate 360’s much useful content library will come handy.
With Articulate 360’s content library, you no longer have to settle for poor visual design to compete with tight deadlines. The Content Library offers a search filter to easily find the right look for any course. Its ever-expanding library of templates comes built-in with interactivities so that all you have to do is dump content and you are on the way to making professional-looking e-learning courses.
It also offers a diverse and large set of high-resolution photographs, icons, and vector graphics, characters that can be accessed by designers and inserted in the course.
It goes without saying that this feature of Articulate 360, the Content Library, supports the very DNA of rapid e-learning development, which is saving valuable development time, without trading-off visual quality.
2. Author Multi-Device Courses Seamlessly
Creating online learning just for desktop learning is a thing of the past. If your workforce consists of millennials, you will realize how important creating device-agnostic courses is. Modern day learners access content on a wide range of devices – smartphones, tablets, desktops. If you wish to get your training into the hands of your learners, then you must ensure they work on any device – often referred to as responsive e-learning.
Articulate 360 has a built-in responsive player which can automatically adapt the course layout to all desktop or mobile devices. It has a mobile-friendly interface for small screen mobile devices. This ensures your learners can access the courses on any digital device. Your courses will fit dynamically to the dimensions of the screen the course is being viewed on. The correctness and accuracy of whether these responsive courses work properly can be checked with the in-built review tool, which will be discussed later in the blog.
3. Helps Create Training Videos with Ease
As you might know, videos are one of the effective instructional strategies to engage learners, no matter what training it is. Sales training, safety training, compliance training all benefit from employing video-based learning as their core strategy. However, once you go searching for a good tool for capturing and editing video, there are not many of them available.
Articulate 360 makes it fun for creating and editing videos on the go, for instant e-learning. You can choose to add narrative slides which can come handy if you want to walk your learners through a course. It also supports video-recording for creating training videos. Similar to Adobe Captivate’s screen capturing ability to create simulations, Articulate 360 lets you capture the screen activity and give learners a walk-through/tutorial.
4. Simplify the E-learning Review Process
In an e-learning development process, constant communication between the client stakeholders and the e-learning vendor is of utmost importance. During the development process, it is crucial that the client is kept in the loop to ensure the course is following the company requirements.
With Articulate 360’s collaborative review tool, the client can review courses while the vendor is developing them. It lets them gather consolidated feedback from stakeholders and subject matter experts on the course. and share feedback on the created content. This is a great feature to collate feedback and manage the development process.
If there’s anything that courseware designers, SMEs, and training stakeholders all agree on, it is this: the development process could be a whole lot easy and simpler. With Articulate 360, companies and e-learning vendors have an assortment of easy-to-use features to work with, that will simplify and strengthen the e-learning authoring process.