The great thing about Rise is that it’s super-fast and easy to create beautiful courses that are inherently responsive. The beauty of Storyline is that you have endless possibilities to create whatever you can imagine. But what if you could combine the power of Rise and Storyline in one amazing course? Well, guess what? You can thanks to Storyline blocks in Rise! Here are some examples of custom interactions you could design in Storyline to enhance your Rise courses.


Sliders are a super-powerful Storyline feature. They’re a great way to let learners visualize and manipulate data, exploring cause-and-effect relationships. Check out these examples to see how effective using sliders in a Rise course can be:

Custom Click-and-Reveals

Rise already has several click-and-reveal interactions, making it super-easy to insert them into your course. But if you want to be able to fully customize the look and feel of your click-and-reveal interaction, creating it in Storyline and inserting it into Rise as a block is a great option. Here are a couple of examples of Rise courses with custom Storyline click-and-reveal blocks:

Custom Labeled Graphic

It’s easy to create labeled graphics directly in Rise, so you might be wondering why you’d ever create one in Storyline. This Rise course on the Mars Curiosity Rover is one example of a good use case. Instead of having a static background image, there’s a 3-D video that allows learners to see the rover from various angles, so they can explore the different parts.

Custom Drag-and-Drops

You can create drag-and-drops in Rise, but what if you want to create a drag-and-drop with custom graphics? That’s where the Storyline block comes in. With Storyline, you can create drag-and-drops with your own images or shapes, allowing you to customize it down to the very last pixel. Take the custom drag-and-drop in the beginning of this Rise course on space travel, for example. When you drag the drop items to the drop targets, the rocket starts to take off little by little. Now that’s a great way to catch your learner’s eye!

HotSpot Interactions

If you need your learners to correctly locate a part on a machine or spot potential safety issues in their environment, hotspot interactions provide a great way to test their progress. With Storyline, you can insert an image and create a hotspot interaction in minutes. Then all that’s left to do is insert it into your Rise course as a Storyline block and you’re all set! Scroll to the bottom of this space travel course to see a great example of a hotspot interaction in a Rise course.

Software Tutorials

If you thought you couldn’t create a software tutorial in Rise, think again! Thanks to the Storyline block, you can seamlessly integrate screencasts created in Storyline with the rest of your Rise content. Here’s an example of a short software tutorial about using a Storyline block in Rise.

More Resources

Hopefully this article has given you some good ideas of when you might want to include a Storyline block in your Rise courses. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these great resources:

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Michelle Whelan
Learning & Development_CF

One of our favorite ways to incorporate Storyline blocks in Rise is to create Learning portals. Since our L&D team is relatively young, and intentional learning is a new endeavor for our organization, we are yet to invest in a full blown LMS. So, as a way to create interactive central "portals" for our various curricula of Rise courses, we use Storyline. We simply create icons for each course and add a click trigger to the icon with a hyperlink to the Rise course. This provides us with a simple workaround for Rise not including a hyperlinked image feature. We have attempted software simulations in Storyline blocks, but the quality of the environment is limited since there is no "full-screen" option for the learner to view the Rise block in. If that feature were added, we would use Ris... Expand

Mehkta Waney
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