Happy 2017! Cheers to a new year and to the new Articulate 360!
Since the release of 360, we’ve received a number of questions about the new tools, but one tool has overwhelmingly attracted our students’ interest—and that is Rise. Rise challenges us to think about development differently. Instead of being a slide-based development tool, it utilizes web-based authoring to create a professional-looking, fully responsive course. This approach delights those who are looking for that perfect blend of rapid e-learning development and mobile-friendly course design.
In our very first Articulate 360 class, we were posed with an interesting question: “Can I add a downloadable document to a Rise course?” Rise does not have the Resources tab that is a default feature in the Storyline player, so how can one provide documents to their learners from within this new platform? In this entry, we’ll focus on utilizing your own website or Google Drive to host documents that your learner can readily download.
Hosting the Document
Before you even open Rise, you’ll need to think about where to host the document that you would like the user to download. One way is to upload the document to your website. The benefit of this is that if the document ever needs to be updated, as long as you save it to the same location, the URL in your course will always point to the most current version (no editing or re-publishing necessary). The method for adding a document will vary depending on your website. Some organizations may use tools such as Filezilla to upload documents to servers. Other website development tools, such as WordPress, may allow you to add the document into its media files, as we have done HERE.
If you have access to file sharing tools such as Google Drive, you can also add your documents there. You will want to ensure, though, that the document has proper sharing permissions so that users can access it. Additionally, make sure the settings to download and print are available.
Once the file is loaded, copy the document’s URL (or, link to share) and open Rise.
Adding the Document to Rise
Once the document is housed, the next part is easy!
- Create a new Rise course or open an existing project.
- Add a title for your lesson; then choose Add Content.
- Select the URL/Embed option.
- Paste the URL copied from your website or the shared file link and press Enter. It’s just that simple!
Within the description of our sample lessons (linked HERE), we have instructed the user on how to download or print the document. You may or may not need this kind of prompt, depending on the audience.
Articulate 360 has opened up a variety of tools to meet your development needs. Rise offers a new way to look at both development and mobile accessibility. What have you done in Rise? How will you use it to meet your e-learning needs? Leave a comment below to share your ideas, and happy developing!
“We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” ~The Doctor