Last week I hosted our first ‘Ask the Articulate trainer’ webinar and it was so successful I didn’t have the time to answer all the questions submitted. I thought it was only fair to answer the questions I missed, so, welcome to my new blog series ‘Ask the Articulate trainer’. Today we are going to focus on the questions about Articulate’s newest authoring tool, Rise.
Q: What considerations do I have with images in Articulate Rise?
A: In Rise there are several things to consider when using images:
- Use an image format that is browser agnostic. PNG is a good option as it can maintain a transparent background and scales well.
- Using a centred image – rather than a full width image – will make sure you don’t lose any part of the image when it is scaled, and images in portrait orientation will scale down less than those in landscape when displayed on a smaller screened device.
- Test your cover photo and full-width images across multiple devices as Rise will focus on the centre of the image and scale in and out based on screen size.
- Text next to, or overlaying, images helps learning by closely associating the content with the graphic. However, be careful of the opacity of the overlay – your text needs to be fully readable. Don’t forget to add alt-tags to your images to help your learners with visual impairment.
Q: I want to create a high-level activity on Rise that supports a more in-depth activity when using a desktop/laptop. However, I don’t want to annoy learners using mobile devices, what is the best way to create an enhanced user experience given a situation like this?
The Rise activity will take the learner through basic steps and I want to reference job aids that explain each step thoroughly. However, the job aid is extremely detailed with images and processes and the learner would need to zoom in if using a mobile device.
A: We’ve been talking about the importance and growth of mobile learning on the Omniplex blog since 2012. However, it does add a few more considerations to our learning design.
Due to the responsive nature of Rise you can’t prevent images scaling down to meet smaller screen sizes. However, as you build your job-aid you should create the elements with a small screen in mind:
- Use portrait-oriented images
- Break process into discreet sections
- The Accordion block displays information well section-by-section. They work much better on small screens than the Tabs or the Process lessons.
- Don’t be afraid to state a recommended device, i.e. “This guide is best viewed on a tablet device”
Q: How do I ensure Rise course learners can see their progress if the course is hosted in Moodle?
A: Rise courses will automatically track progress within themselves using the inbuilt course menu and progress bars.
Articulate Rise courses can be published using SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and xAPI, all of which are compatible with Moodle platforms. Tracking will be based on the result of a Quiz lesson or having viewed all the content in the course, i.e. menu has every item ticked off.
I hope you found my answers about Articulate Rise useful, but if you do have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.