Publish your course to Articulate 360 to collect feedback from stakeholders with Articulate Review. It’s a great way to collaborate on a project before distributing the finalized course.
- Choose to Publish a New Item or Update an Existing Item
- Change the Course Thumbnail Image
- Choose Your Publish Formats (Classic Player Only)
- Adjust the Player Properties and Quality Settings
- Choose to Publish a Slide, a Scene, or the Entire Course
- Choose a Tracking Option
- Distribute Your Published Course
- Go to the Home tab on the Storyline ribbon and click Publish.
- When the Publish window appears, select the Articulate 360 tab on the left.
- Choose to publish a new item or update an existing item:
- Create a new item: Mark this option to publish a brand new content item to Articulate 360, then give it a title. (The title defaults to the name of your project file. You can change the title of your published course here without affecting the name of your project file.)
- Publish a new version of an existing item: Mark this option to update an existing content item in Articulate 360, then select the item you want to update. (Articulate 360 keeps track of version history, so you can always view previously-published versions of the content item.)
By default, Storyline uses an image of the first slide in your course as the thumbnail image on your Articulate Review home page, but you can choose a different image.
- Temporarily switch to the Web tab on the left side of the Publish window.
- Click the ellipsis button (...) beside the Title field to open the Project Info window.
- Click the hyperlinked text below the default image, then select a different slide in your course or click Picture from File to choose an image on your hard drive.
- Click OK to close the Project Info window.
- Switch back to the Articulate 360 tab on the left side of the Publish window to finish the publishing process.
When you use the modern player, which is the default style for new projects, you’ll get HTML5-only output that works beautifully in all major browsers on desktop and mobile devices. Courses that use the modern player don’t have any Flash content, so they’ll continue to work when browsers stop supporting Flash.
When you use the classic player, you get to choose HTML5 output, Flash output, or both. So if you need a Flash version of your course, be sure to choose the classic player, then follow the steps below to choose your publish formats.
- Click the Formats property on the Publish window to open the following Publish Formats dialog.
- Use the Publish As slider to choose one of these options:
HTML5 This publishes your course as HTML5-only output. HTML5/Flash This publishes your course as HTML5 first with Flash fallback. Learners will see HTML5 output if they’re using a supported HTML5 browser. If not, they’ll see Flash output. Flash/HTML5 This publishes your course as Flash first with HTML5 fallback. Learners will see Flash output if they’re using a Flash-enabled browser. If not, they’ll see HTML5 output. Flash This publishes your course as Flash-only output.
- If you choose one of the publish formats above that includes Flash output, you’ll also have the option to include Articulate Mobile Player output. Just mark the box to Use Articulate Mobile Player for iOS and Android.
Articulate Mobile Player output is the default view for learners with iPads and Android devices.
While Storyline’s superior HTML5 output and responsive mobile player give learners the best viewing experience on tablets and smartphones, one unique benefit of the Articulate Mobile Player app is the option to view content offline. To let learners view your course offline, just mark the box to Allow downloading for offline viewing.
After downloading a course to their Articulate Mobile Player, learners can view it whenever they want, with or without internet access, even if you remove the course from Articulate 360.
- Click OK to save your selections and return to the Publish window.
Use the Properties section of the Publish window to make last-minute changes to your course player and quality settings.
- The Player property shows the name of the player currently assigned to your project. (The player is the frame around your slide content.) To make adjustments to your player, click the player name to open the player editor.
- The Quality property lets you control the compression settings for audio clips, videos, and pictures. The quality settings default to whatever you used the last time you published a course. To change them, click the Quality property, make your adjustments, and click OK.
- Choose Standard if you want to use the default settings: optimal video quality of 5, audio bitrate of 56 kbps, and image quality of 80%.
- Choose Custom if you want to define your own quality settings. Drag the slider for any of the three values to change the compression. Higher values give you higher-quality output but also larger file sizes (which means longer download times). Lower values give you smaller file sizes and faster download times, but the visual and audio quality will be lower as well.
Tip: Image compression only applies to JPG files.
- Mark the Optimize Audio Volume box to normalize audio throughout your course for consistent volume across all slides.
Tip: If your course audio already has consistent volume, you can speed up the publishing process by unchecking this option.
By default, Storyline will publish your entire course. However, you can now choose to publish a specific scene from your course or even just a single slide. This is especially helpful when you want to collect feedback from reviewers on a particular scene or slide.
Just click the Publish property, then choose the entire project, a single scene, or a single slide.
Decide how you want to track completion of your Storyline course. You can choose to track a specific number of slides, a quiz result slide, or a course completion trigger. Click the Tracking property, then choose one of the three options on the window that appears.
If you plan to insert your published course into a Storyline block in Rise, the tracking option determines how your course interacts with Rise. You can use the tracking option to require learners to complete the Storyline block before moving on with a Rise course, and you can use it to track completion of a Rise course in your LMS.
When you're finished making selections, click the Publish button.
Your content gets published and uploaded to Articulate 360 all at once. How fast this happens depends on the size of your course and your internet speed.
When the Publish Successful window appears, click View Project to open Articulate 360 in your default web browser and manage the course you just uploaded.
To give viewers access to your published course:
- Open your web browser to your Articulate Review home page and click your course to open it.
- Click Share in the upper right corner.
- If you want to password-protect your course, mark the box to Set a password and enter a password in the field provided.
- Copy the shareable link, then send it to your viewers. Be sure to give them the password, too, if you added one.
If you don’t want viewers to post comments on your course, click the ellipsis (...) button in the upper right corner and choose Disable comments.