Why You Need the Tools in Articulate 360 and When to Use Them

Articulate 360 puts a slew of amazing e-learning authoring apps in your toolkit. You’ll have everything you need to quickly create any type of e-learning. But how do you know which app is right for each project? That’s where I come in! I’m going to walk you through different types of projects and which app I’d choose to use and why. One quick note: any e-learning you create with an Articulate authoring app will work and look great on every device your learners use. With Articulate 360, we’ve made sure you don’t have to worry about mobile ever again—your courses will simply work, automatically.

The Project: Develop Custom, Highly Interactive E-Learning Course   

You need to... build a course with custom interactivity such as decision-making scenarios and quizzing. This sounds like a perfect project for Storyline 360.

Here’s why Storyline 360 is the best tool for this job. It lets you:

  • Create anything you can imagine. Storyline 360’s powerful (and built-in!) features let you build complex interactions easily—no coding required. You can combine layers, states, triggers, and more to build immersive experiences that capture learners’ attention.
  • Build dynamic content. You can use Storyline 360’s variables to make courses feel personal by capturing and tracking learner input or actions, then presenting dynamic content.
  • Make any content an interactive learning opportunity. In addition to building form-based assessments to test users in more than 20 different ways, Storyline 360 lets you turn any static content into a decision-making activity.

The Project: Quickly Create a Gorgeous, Responsive Course

You need to… quickly build a beautiful e-learning course optimized for every device. You’ve got some great text and media and would love to keep your learners engaged with interactivity that works wonderfully on all screen sizes and devices. And you want to build your course fast! Rise is what you want for these types of projects.

Here’s why Rise is the best app for the job. It lets you:

  • Use intuitive, modern web-based authoring. You can create courses online, anytime, anywhere with Rise. There’s no need to download any software—all you need is your web browser. Rise’s intuitive features make it easy for anyone to build responsive courses in minutes.
  • Rise lessons are optimized for every device. Rise courses are inherently responsive and designed with mobile in mind. There’s no easier way to create media-rich, impressive courses that look amazing on every single device your learners use.
  • Save time with pre-built lessons. Simply drop in your text and media content, choose your brand color and fonts, and—boom!—you have an awesome, branded course in minutes.
  • Get creative! Use blocks to build custom lessons. Rise even makes it easy to create a unique custom lesson. You use modular learning blocks and stack then any way you want. They’re as beautiful as the pre-built lessons but give you more freedom to combine elements into endless combinations. Super easy, super fun, and super gorgeous!

The Project: Create a Course from PowerPoint

You need to... turn an existing PowerPoint presentation into an e-learning course with a few interactions and quizzes… before the end of the week! Studio 360 is calling your name.

Here’s why Studio 360 is the best app for the job. You’ll be able to:   

  • Get started instantly. Presenter 360 (one of the app part of Studio 360) works right in PowerPoint. You simply add narration, annotations, and you’re good to go.
  • Create e-learning quickly with form-based authoring. Engage 360 and Quizmaker 360 (the other app part of Studio 360) are form-based tools that let you quickly pop in media and text to add interactions and quizzes to your PowerPoint course.

The Project: Record and Edit a Personalized Screencast

You need to… create a screencast with a personal touch. You want to capture both the action on your screen and your face with your webcam. There's no need to use a screencasting tool AND a webcam recording when use Replay 360.

Here’s why Replay 360 is the best app for the job. You’ll be able to:

  • Record a screencast with picture-in-picture effects. Replay 360 is the perfect tool for creating a screen recordings with a webcam. Just launch the recorder and start recording your video and your webcam simultaneously.
  • Tweak and edit your video. Then you’ll be able to edit and perfect your video with Replay 360’s easy editing tools. Without any “ums,” “ahs,” or pauses, you'll have a polished video quickly.
  • Publish to MP4. Easily publish your Replay 360 videos to MP4 in a few clicks. You can quickly upload these to your Storyline 360, Studio 360, or Rise courses—or just use the videos as they are!

The Project: Create a Quick Screencast on a Mac or a PC

You need to…record a quick screencast, capturing all the action on your screen. You might use your recording as a standalone video, add it to a Rise lesson, insert it in a Storyline 360 or Studio 360 course, or use it with Articulate Review to get quick feedback from a colleague.

Peek is the right app for the job! Here’s what you can do with Peek:

  • Record a screencast on a Mac or PC. Peek is always a click away on your Mac menu bar or Windows system tray. It’s fast and easy to fire up, click record, and capture your screen activity.
  • Share easily. Upload it to Articulate 360 with a single click. Share it using a unique link. Or download it for easy loading into your LMS.

Let the Fun Begin

Want to take a closer look? Check out this overview video. With Articulate 360, you’ll get an awesome set of e-learning apps at your fingertips—and now you know how to pick the right one, no matter what the project! If you’re looking for more help getting started with Articulate 360, check out these tutorials.

10 Comments
Nicole Legault

Thanks for leaving your comment & feedback, Kenneth, we really appreciate that, This is just the beginning for Rise, there's lots more planned on our road map and the great news is with Articulate 360 you get regular updates, so as soon as a new features comes out, you'll get it. We recently added a new feature called Knowledge Checks. They don't allow for multiple correct choices (yet) but they're another option for you to create assessments in your Rise courses. Keep track of this "Whats New" page to stay up-to-date on the latest features and update: https://articulate.com/360/whats-new Also - we're always happy to hear your requests in form of a feature request. The more requests that are made for a specific feature, the more likely our devs are to implement it. https://articu... Expand

Simon Richards