Storyline 360 makes it easy to deliver courses to learners with tablets and smartphones. Here are answers to common questions about publishing mobile-ready courses.

How do I publish courses for mobile devices?

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 these steps to choose your publish formats.

  1. When you publish for Articulate 360, Web, Articulate Online, or LMS, click the Formats property on the Publish window to open the following Publish Formats dialog. (The format property isn’t clickable if you’re using the modern player.)

    Publish Formats in Articulate Storyline 360
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

    Tip: Offline viewing isn’t supported for Articulate Online and LMS content.
  4. Click OK to save your selections and return to the Publish window.

Should I include Articulate Mobile Player output when publishing Storyline 360 courses?

Storyline’s superior HTML5 output and responsive mobile player give learners the best viewing experience on tablets and smartphones, making Articulate Mobile Player (AMP) output unnecessary. You only need AMP output when learners need to download content for offline viewing or your course includes FLV videos with alpha-channel transparency, both of which are supported in AMP.

Note that AMP output only works with Storyline’s classic player style. If you need AMP output, be sure to choose the classic player style before you publish.

Do HTML5, Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player courses look and behave the same?

Most features behave the same way in HTML5, Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player output, but some don't. See this article for the expected behavior of each Storyline 360 feature in HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player.

How do learners view courses on tablets and smartphones?

Give learners a link to your course (see the table below). When learners launch it, they'll see the right format (HTML5, Flash, or Articulate Mobile Player) based on the devices and browsers they’re using and the publish formats you included.

If you publish for...

Do this...

Articulate 360

  1. Open your web browser to your Articulate Review home page and click your course to open it.
  2. Click Share in the upper right corner.
  3. If you want to password-protect your course, mark the box to Set a password and enter a password in the field provided.
  4. Copy the shareable link, then send it to your viewers. Be sure to give them the password, too, if you added one.

Web

Upload your published course to a web server, then send learners a link to the story.html file.

Articulate Online

Invite learners to view your published course. See this tutorial for details.

LMS

Upload your published course to your LMS. Each LMS uses a different process for this. Contact your LMS administrator if you need help uploading, launching, or tracking content.

Are published courses responsive? Do they adapt to different screen sizes?

HTML5 courses published with Storyline 360 use the responsive mobile player when viewed on tablets and smartphones.

The responsive player dynamically adapts to different tablets and smartphones, providing an optimized view of your course on every device—no extra work required. It fluidly responds to different mobile screen sizes and orientations, hiding sidebar menus till you need them, eliminating browser chrome, and delivering mobile-friendly playback controls.

The responsive player moves out of the way to maximize the screen real estate for your slide content. Your content will maintain its aspect ratio, but it’ll scale to fill as much of the screen as possible on tablets and smartphones.

Just include HTML5 output when you publish and let the responsive player do all the work for you.

See these responsive mobile player FAQs for details.

Can courses be viewed on iPads?

Yes. Include HTML5 output and/or Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. When learners launch your course, they’ll automatically see the right version based on your publishing choices.

If you included Articulate Mobile Player output, the course will launch in the free Articulate Mobile Player app for iPad. If learners don’t already have the app, they’ll be prompted to install it.

If you didn’t include Articulate Mobile Player output, the HTML5 version of your course will launch in mobile Safari.

Can courses be viewed on iPhones?

Yes. Include HTML5 output when you publish. When learners launch your course, it’ll automatically open in mobile Safari.

Can courses be viewed on Android devices?

Yes. Include HTML5 output and/or Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. When learners launch your course, they’ll automatically see the right version based on your publishing choices.

If you included Articulate Mobile Player output, the course will launch in the free Articulate Mobile Player app for Android. If learners don’t already have the app, they’ll be prompted to install it.

If you didn’t include Articulate Mobile Player output, the HTML5 version of your course will launch in the Chrome browser.

Do learners need an internet connection to view courses in the Articulate Mobile Player?

Initially, yes. However, if you marked the option to let learners download the course for offline viewing, they only need to be connected to the internet long enough to download it. Thereafter, they can view the course at any time with or without an internet connection. See this user guide for details.

If you need to track learners' progress in Articulate Online or an LMS, they must be connected to the internet. Otherwise, the course won’t be able to send data to Articulate Online or your LMS.

How do you remove a course from the Articulate Mobile Player app?

Long-press any item in your Articulate Mobile Player library until an X icon appears in the upper left corner of each thumbnail, then tap the X icon for each item you want to delete. When you're finished, tap anywhere on the screen to hide the X icons.

How do I track learners' progress when they view content on mobile devices?

The best way to track learners on tablets and smartphones is to include HTML5 output when you publish. Storyline 360 HTML5 output is supported in AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can API learning management systems (LMSs) as well as Articulate Online.

If you’re using a Tin Can API LMS or Articulate Online, you can also include Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. The Articulate Mobile Player app doesn’t support AICC or SCORM.

To recap, HTML5 output covers all learners and LMSs. Articulate Mobile Player output covers learners with iPads and Android devices as well as Articulate Online and Tin Can API LMSs.

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