How do I teach non-e-learning content creators to understand how to create for Rise?

Mar 27, 2017

What's the quickest way to help my content creators start writing content for Rise? Do you have a content script template they can use? 

19 Replies
Crystal Horn

Hi there, Andrew! And welcome to E-Learning Heroes! That’s great that you want to empower your content creators to build e-learning in Rise. It’s so easy to use; I bet they’ll be able to jump right in.

Have them take a look at our Rise Getting Started Tutorial…it will walk them through all the basics of Rise features. And since we’re committed to constant improvement, Rise is frequently updated with new features! You can always find out more about those right here in the Rise discussion forum, often with a Peek screencast demonstrating how to incorporate those cool new tricks into your Rise courses.

Finally, tell them not to be shy! Take advantage of this forum and it’s over 400k community members who are always willing to lend a hand. We’re here too!

Thanks for reaching out, and have fun with Rise!

Andrew Blakeley

That would be great to have a manual/guide/template to give to content writers so they can easily write content and understand the tools that are available with the e-learning software. A manual/guide/template that a developer can easily translate into Rise or Storyline. Communication between the content writer and the developer is crucial to this whole process. 

Vicki Hagen

I fully agree.

I sent a request in for that, but have not received a response at all.
I won’t recommend this product until there is better documentation.
As trainers, we know that some people learn by watching (the video may help them), but many need a resource to refer to.

I am hopeful they will soon have one, but none of the answers here indicate that they are working on it.

The answer I see to all requests for documentation are...view the video, it will answer all your questions….but it doesn’t.


Crystal Horn

Thanks for sharing your feelings, guys. Well, we certainly don’t want you to feel like you’re in over your head. If you’re used to working with slide based content, I can understand you feeling a shift to lessons with more of a web feel.

Creating content with Rise is as straightforward as selecting a lesson type and then adding your content, including images, audio, web links and text. Each lesson type is pre-built, so no need for templates. The custom blocks allow you to stack different types of content and interaction in one lesson.

You also have control over how your course looks with cover photos, color schemes, font choices and formatting options.

If you are having trouble with any of that, we’re here to help! Let us know where you’re hung up (send us a Peek even!), and we’ll do our best to get you on the right track. Here are our Rise tutorials and FAQs in one place, and for all of the Articulate 360 User Guides and Tutorials, check out: . 

Andrew, I can understand the value of your content creators’ time. If they have the material that they want to teach ready to go, they’ll just need to launch Rise, start a new course and add that material to the lesson types they choose! 

Vicki Hagen

This is extremely helpful.

Thank you, Crystal.

The Rise: Lesson and Block Types resource was added March 14, 2017, and provides a great starting point. 

Thank you for referring to it. I will take the time to try this again.

I have a software upgrade going on, and did not have time to explore and figure out what each of these were.


Kristin Savko

I just really started digging into Rise this week. I found watching the Rise Getting Started Tutorial was really helpful. 

Moving forward from there, I really think the best thing to do is to go into the blocks section and create a dummy lesson that uses all the kinds of blocks. It doesn't even have to have a theme. The idea here is just to click around with all the blocks to see what the functionality is. I find it extremely difficult to write when you don't know what tools you have to work with.

Once I created that dummy lesson, I was able to immediately begin seeing what pieces I thought would really tie into our application...and which I thought might not tie in as strongly.  (We're on the ground floor with this software, lets be honest, it's not like there are 50 different block types available at the moment, so this isn't that big of a job)

I then took that dummy document and altered the text, or put text blocks in before and after to make notes about places where I thought each type of section might be effective for us, and went from there. I maybe swapped out some of the placeholders then to make it make a little more sense visually, but some I left with the default. 

I shared that out with the rest of the team, and now they have a pretty clear idea what Rise can do too.  

I hope that helps!

Scott Kaye

This is a good question.  I have done a lot of work in Storyline and found rise to be easy, but not that intuitive.  If I had to teach it to a bunch of people I would personally have to start with some instructor-led training then give them some free time to play around with the elements, then finish by deconstructing an existing cours.e

Phil Mayor

2 hours after picking up rise with no tutorials beyond the Articulate launch video I had produced a course.  Rise is quite easy to develop content in, but this is dependent upon your experience, I find it very similar to laying out content in Wordpress and it works for me. I can however see where users will have problems.

I thought about this yesterday and initially thought a word template may help, but in hindsight I think this will slow down development, the real positive about Rise for me is development speed.

I would suggest instead of PDFs and other tools that actually annotating the blocks and sections with just in time help sections may help the new user. not forgetting that Articulate already add their course to every Rise account that can be used as starter.

Ben Sewell

I had a go at Rise recently, watched the intro video and just jumped into a new course to mess around. Learning Storyline involved a lot of trial and error for me too.

I did encounter a few hitches (I didn't quite follow how to build things that weren't part of the templates, or create an image that stayed in place throughout a section), but I did end up creating "something".

I think a good bet is to provide your developers with an old course template and let them individually try and adapt this for the new style and structure. Afterwards, bring them together for a group discussion and see what people find out on their own.

Another useful resources is - this allows you to search all articles and posts on the Articulate range of sites (including here).

Jackie Van Nice

I agree that the pre-built demos help a lot when it comes to seeing and understanding the different layouts in Rise. 

It seems to me that if you already have your content together and know what you want to present (which of course would be tool-independent), you're well on your way. If someone is approaching this without a clear idea of what they want to communicate, it's going to be much harder. (I know this seems obvious, but I've seen it attempted!)

I think initially it might be helpful to grab screen captures of the different Rise formats/screens so the ID/writer can more easily study and coherently wrap their head around the presentation formats available. As with any new tool it can take a little time to get oriented.

Once they've put an initial Rise presentation together, the process will start to go much more quickly. 

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