Articulate Storyline provides a very intuitive and easy to use interface for e-learning course authoring. It is used by skilled course designers and also regular subject matter experts.
Because of intuitive interface it is possible to quickly get trained on Articulate Storyline and become productive quickly.
A very large number of people use Articulate Storyline to convey their thoughts through audio visual videos which can be played on regular computers, iPad and android devices.
Many icons used in the tool panel are similar to Microsoft Power Point , making it easy to comprehend the interface quickly.
It supports all the SCORM, AICC, TIN can compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS).
There is a very large community of content developers who recommend Articulate Storyline to people who wish to benefit from possible career opportunities available in the training, elearning and content digitization industry.
You can very quickly import PowerPoint, Articulate Engage, Articulate Quizmaker, and other Storyline projects.
You can easily put interactive content from tools such as Raptivity into articulate storyline courses.
You can import videos or embed them from websites such as YouTube.
The embedded videos can be manipulated to give various experiential
possibilities for the learner.
Videos features such as following can be easily manipulated:
Articulate Storyline is unique because of a built-in video editor. It allows cropping, trimming, adjusting volume, adding watermark or logo etc.
Various animations can be done. You may go for entrance and exit animations to various graphic objects. The graphic objects can be images, shapes, text boxes, characters etc.
You can even use a unique transition effect for various slides in the same learning module.
Articulate Storyline records full video. The rapid record and edit model allows extensive modifications to the recordings.
With this features Articulate has busted the safe area of tools such as Captivate and Epiplex. The captured recordings can be inserted into a slide into various mode such as following:
Record your screen once and Storyline automatically segments your activity into multiple step-by-step tutorials.
If you make a mistake, you can edit the recording whenever and however you want, there's no need to re-record. Let learners watch how to do a task in view mode, try the task in try mode, and test their mastery of the task in test mode.
Fine-tuning of screen recording can be done easily.
Storyline processes video only after capturing it, which allows corrections without impacting the master file of originally captured video.
The screen recordings of any application can be converted into step wise description into a word document!
This is an amazing feature because the navigational path for any computer dependent process can be published into Standard Operating Procedure.
For example if some business user is an expert in invoice creation process, she can simply capture the entire invoice creation process using screen capture. This screen capture can be published into Step by Step description of invoice creation process along with screen shots of each step. Moreover the same process can be published as an Elearning.
Now the Elearnings can be used for training any other person in the department, about how to process invoice. Since during screen capture the voice can also be recorded the outcome can be very dramatic.
A learner can use such Elearning to first watch the video in "Demonstration Mode", then practice the invoice creation using simulated exercise in "Trial Mode". After getting comfortable, one may test the skill in "Assessment Mode".
Later if needed, the learner may print and carry the document copy of the same Elearning in Microsoft word format.
Many large BPO organizations have been using this type of feature when transitioning a process to a different location. Also when organizations scale up and set up many new branches, they use the simulated learning capability to skill enhance the work force. With simulations there is no danger to the master data in the system, while the trainee stills gets the life like experience of doing the process in a simulated environment.
It can publish course into formats suited for
Storyline publishes to HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player, a native app that optimizes courses for iPads.
With such a wide publishing capability migration of legacy content into modern Elearnings and simulations can be easily achieved.
Publish courses to Microsoft Word to facilitate reviews by subject matter experts.
The Microsoft word publishing capability allows compliance with following:
Give your slides style by applying entrance and exit animations to images, shapes, text boxes, characters, and any other objects you add. You can even choose a different transition effect for each slide.
The content player can be customized by trainees/end users.
It allows to put customer branding in the modules. You can change the color schema, logos etc.
Emails can be sent out to course designer to communicate the changes.
It is a great feature for sequencing the objects.
For any course author this feature is a great gift, because complex effects can be created to capture any learning need by timing the appearance of objects.
It simply make the content authoring process much more intuitive.
You can use static and interactive templates in Articulate Story line. Community supported templates can also be added. This adds more collaboration to the Elearning development process. You can work systematically by storing your templates in a library. It is possible to easily change the templates or modify them. You can use slide master to apply same look and feel to many slides using slide master. Various layouts are possible.
Standardize the look by using themes, both design and color themes can be used.
Bring the power of the web to your course with web objects. It takes just seconds to embed visually rich web-based applications, games, videos, reference material, and other web content.
The screen shots can be collected easily by operating the inbuilt screenshot tool.
One can zoom to a part of Elearning and emphasise a part of the screen using this feature.
One can magnify any objects on the slide.
One can also pan effect by multiple zooms to regions along with timeline to start one zoom as the other finishes.
The story view visually summarises the entire course. You can easily discover the relationship between all the slides in your course, the arrows show the connections between slides very interestingly.
It is possible to tweak or change the transfer of control between slides easily using triggers.
As a matter of fact triggers are the best way to introduce complexity of business logics easily into your course.
Storyline publishes in all the following modes:
Articulate Storyline Content can be easily placed into any third party, compliant, Learning Management System (LMS).
With full support to LMS distribution it is possible to get very granular reports for showing course usage by learners.
Storyline features industry-leading Section 508 support, making it widely accessible to all your learners. For example, learners with screen readers can easily access your course content.
Overlay objects, and trigger content to appear when certain actions are performed.
Managing multiple slides is not required and you may create, edit, and manage several interactions on one slide, which enhances the course writing speed.
Triggers make courses interactive, these triggers can be assigned to objects. The actions can be chosen from a menu containing commonly needed actions. Examples include 'jump to slide', 'show a layer' etc.
The timing of actions can be governed by learner's clicking action on the object.
Several objects can incorporate triggers, such as shape, button, image, character, etc.
Triggers can be combined to create very powerful and complicated actions.
This feature is one of the best things about Articulate Storyline, it sort of differentiates it against other rapid authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate.
This is a new feature which gives a programming type control to a course designer.
With control of states, the embedded objects can react to learner's actions if required in a storyboard.
One can designate a shape to change color after it's been visited, for example color of a button can be changed.
Also expression of a character can be changed based on right or wrong score.
This feature gives a further boost to interactivity of Elearning, which is desired by most industry veterans.
The craze for L2 Elearnings can be satisfied with such programming controls.
Add intelligence to your course using the variables feature, which lets you present dynamic content based on a learner's activity. Capture information, then evaluate, retrieve, and respond to it later in the course.
Remember learner input or assessment results and use the information later in your course if it meets your criteria.
Experience the flexibility and power of turning any static content into an interactive question or activity.
Simply insert images, characters, shapes, or other objects and, with a few clicks, convert them to a
drag-and-drop interaction, a graphical multiple choice, and more.
Add hover-and-reveal and click-and-reveal call-outs to your course quickly and easily with markers. Just place a marker on a slide and choose the content you want displayed, from a pop-up label and descriptive text to audio and video. Content displays when learners click or hover over the marker. Add multiple markers to highlight locations on a map, features on an image, and more.
Lightboxes give you another easy, compelling way to present any type of content. Trigger lightboxes to pop up over a slide when a learner clicks a certain object or player menu item.
Hotspots let you make any portion of an object clickable from a character's head to an apple in a basket.
Simply layer an invisible hotspot over an area on the object, then trigger it to respond when the learner clicks.