Responsive or Adaptive Courses in Storyline

Mar 02, 2016

Several of my clients are looking to other elearning tools  because Storyline doesn't allow for responsive design (where content is tailored to fit the format of the users device). Does Articulate have any game plan for addressing this need? Are there any workarounds?

I was toying with the idea of building two courses,one would be formatted for desktop/tablet and the other for phone. Then I would use JavaScript on the intermediary launcher page to redirect the user to the most appropriate course. Has anyone tried this successfully? One immediate problem I see is if a user leaves a course on their phone and logs back in again later on a PC that could really mess up tracking.

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Christie Pollick

Hi, Randall --  Thanks so much for reaching out here! In addition to the information Leslie has shared, you may want to take a look at these posts on the topic of responsive design, as well:

Storyline 2 - Responsive Design or Responsive Authoring?


Responsive Design in Articulate Storyline

Hope that helps! :)

Lis Kelså

Hi Leslie.
I have the same need as mentioned by Randall. 
It ought to be easy for to to respond quick by YES or NO to the question if Storyline will provide responsive design as many other platform already do ?
Not only push us to a whitepaper. I am sure that MANY of us is sharing the need to create e-learning for multible devices.
Best and friendly regards from Denmar... from Lis

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Lis, 

Welcome to the Heroes community, we're glad to have you! 

This discussion is a bit dated, but we've done a lot of work since than in regards to our HTML5 output and overall responsive design. In the last 10 months, we've released 4 updates to Storyline 2, a number of which were targeted at improving the HTML5 output. You can take a look at the release notes here to see what specifically was fixed or upgraded.

While those updates were rolling out, our team was also hard at work on the next version of Articulate tools with a incredibly heavy focus on responsive design and allowing users to view course content seamlessly on any device. To accomplish that we took a deep dive into a whole new responsive player for Storyline and Studio, and created a new tool called Rise that allowed for rapid, web based authoring to ensure fully responsive courses that would easily transition from one device/view to another. These tools were released in November 2016 as a part of the Articulate 360 release so that as an author you'd have all the tools at your fingertips to create a wide variety of courses. 

If you've got additional questions about Articulate 360 or would like to give it a test, the link above will allow you to use the trial (which is a full version of the software). Any files you upgrade into Articulate 360 will also make a back up copy so that you can continue to use them in Storyline 1/2 and/or Studio '09/'13 since they're not backwards compatible.  And if you're looking at costs, it's also worth checking in with our Success team here as there are loyalty discounts for existing customers. 

Hope that helps clarify what we've done in terms of responsive output, and I'm happy to help with any other questions you might have! 

Lis Kelså

Thank you very much.
This was a great help, since I did not – untill now – understand that 360 also is a big step forward on this specific question (responsivity).

I will try the trial asap, and will be looking forward to know more.

Best regards from Denmark from Lis

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Lis Kelså

Dear Ashley.
Finally I got time to dig into RISE – it looks great 😊
Also it looks very different from Articulate Storyline with slides.
I am not sure yet…

BUT one quistion: I need to export in the LTI format.
Would that be posible… one of my customers demand this ..

Best regards from Lis

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Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Lis,

Storyline and Rise are definitely different and provide you some more options for how you'll design and deploy your courses. I find this breakdown of when and why to use each tool a helpful read.

We're not currently LTI compliant or certified in any Articulate products, and it's not something I see a lot of questions about. You are welcome to share your thoughts on this in the form of a feature request though with our team here. 

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