As you’re putting the finishing touches on your first Storyline 360 course and getting ready to hit Publish, you might be wondering: which publishing option should I choose?

Great question! The answer can vary based on where you’re at in the course creation process and how you plan to give learners access to your course. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at all the possibilities and how to decide which one to choose.

Review 360

This publishing option will upload your course to Review 360, the handy web-based review app that’s included in your Articulate 360 subscription. Choose this option when you want to share your course with your stakeholders to get their feedback and approval. Head on over to the tutorial to walk through how to publish to Review 360 step by step: Publishing a Course to Review 360.

If you’ve never used Review 360 before, definitely give it a whirl! It makes the whole review process run so much more smoothly. You can learn even more about Review 360 and how it saves you time and hassle in these articles: 

Web

If you’d like your learners to access your course via your company’s intranet or a website and you don’t need to keep track of their progress or record a quiz score, this is the option for you. If you do need to track learner progress or results, check out the LMS publish option below. 

For more details on publishing your course for the web, check out our tutorial Publishing a Course for Web Distribution.

And once you’ve published a web version of your course, learn more about uploading it to your website: How to Get an E-Learning Course Online.

Wondering about mobile? Don’t worry! Our web output works on mobile devices automatically. Learn more here: Publishing a Course for Mobile Devices.

Video

If you want to upload your project to a video hosting site like YouTube or embed it in a Rise 360 course as a video, this is the publishing option you’ll want to choose. This option can be super useful if you’ve used Storyline 360’s animation features to create a short explainer or a course teaser to entice your learners, for example.

When you choose to publish your project as a video, you’ll end up with an .MP4 file that you can upload anywhere that file type is supported. But keep in mind that the .MP4 format doesn’t support interactivity, so you’ll want to design your project accordingly. Check out this step-by-step tutorial for more information: Publishing a Course to a Video File.

Articulate Online

This publishing option allows you to publish and upload your course to Articulate Online—our legacy learning management system, which we’re shutting down December 31, 2021. 

If you’re currently using Articulate Online to deliver and track your online courses, please check out our Articulate Online End-of-Life Transition Guide for next steps. 

LMS

If you’re using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver and track your courses, this is the publishing option you’ll want to choose. It’ll allow you to create a SCORM, AICC, API, or CMI5 package that you can then upload to your LMS. This article will walk you through all the details: Publishing a Course for LMS Distribution.

And, of course, our LMS output also works on mobile devices automatically. Find out more here: Publishing a Course for Mobile Devices.

CD

If you need your course to work offline—for example, if your learners don’t have access to high-speed internet—this publishing option might be right for you. You’ll end up with an .EXE file that you can give to learners on a USB drive, CD, DVD, or via email, for example. For more information on this publishing option, check out the tutorial Storyline 360: Publishing a Course for CD or Other Local Media.

And if you’re looking for help designing courses for people without access to high-speed internet, be sure to read Tips on Designing E-Learning for Folks with Slow Internet.

Word

If you need a printable version of your course—to distribute as a handout or provide a transcript for accessibility purposes, for example—this is the option for you. In the past, some people used this option to share content with reviewers, but now that we’ve got Review 360, we hope that’s a thing of the past! If it’s still your present, you might want to read this article: Still Publishing to Word for Your SME Reviews? Here’s How & Why to Transition to Review 360.

And for more information about publishing to Word, head on over to the tutorial Publishing a Course to Microsoft Word.

Wrap-Up

Hopefully this article has helped you identify the publishing options that make the most sense for your Storyline 360 project. 

Still have questions? Please share them in the comments below. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning. 

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