From time saving features, to new ways of reporting and appearance tweaks, the update to Articulate 360 has introduced a whole host of amazing new features. So, here’s our roundup of the updates added on the 20th February 2018.
1. Block templates in Rise
The latest update to Rise shows Articulate’s commitment to simplifying the development process. Articulate have listen to their customers’ needs and realised that it’s quite common to reuse blocks or groups of blocks across lessons in Rise. So, why should you have to rebuild these blocks every time?
Blocks templates allow you to lay out, customise and add content to blocks, before saving them as a template to reuse time and time again.
So how do you create and use these new block templates?
Creating a block template
- Go to block library and click templates. You will then see the ‘New Template’ button in the top right-hand corner.
- Once you click on ‘New Template’ you can select the blocks you want to include in your block template.
- Once you’ve selected all the blocks you’d like in your template, click ‘save’ and name your template.
- If you have an Articulate 360 Teams subscription, you’ll also have a checkbox option to share this template with the rest of your team.
Using a block template
To use a block template, all you have to do is click ‘templates’ in the block library. This panel will show all the templates created by you and your team. Simply click on the template of your choice and the blocks will be inserted into your lesson.
Remember, if you edit any of the content after it’s been added to your lesson – it will only update for the lesson, not the template.
2. Better integration between Rise and Storyline 360
You can now use the continue button in Rise to make sure your learners complete all of the content in a Storyline block. You can do this by adding a continue button after your Storyline block and tweaking the completion type to ‘complete the block directly above’, meaning the continue button will remain disabled until the learner completes the block. This also works with quizzes within a Storyline block, allowing you to require your learners get a passing score on the quiz before the continue button enables.
To learn more about this, check out the explainer video from Arlyn Asch, Articulate’s CTO on their ‘What’s New’ page.
3. Sidebar visibility
Until yesterday’s update, every Rise course had a side panel which was automatically open in desktop and landscape views. This side panel acted as a contents list for your course and would allow learners to jump ahead to later lessons. There was no way to hide this side bar, therefore you had little control over the order your learners completed lessons in. However, the most recent update to Rise means you can now close this side bar or remove it completely.
4. Publish from Storyline to MP4
Publishing from Storyline to video has been a much requested feature, it was even a question asked in our ‘Ask the Articulate trainer’ blog series. Articulate have listened to their users and have rolled out publishing to MP4 it the latest update of Articulate 360.
It’s really simple to do, simply click publish and then select ‘video’ on the left-hand side of the publish panel, tweak the size and quality you’d like to export at and click publish.
5. Course completion trigger in Articulate Storyline 360
Before yesterday’s update, the only way to report course completion from Articulate Storyline to your LMS was by the number of slides viewed or the score on the results slide. However, the new course completion trigger gives you a new way to report on whether the learner has passed or failed the course.
For example, if you have a simple course in which you require your learners to view three videos. The course completion trigger allows you to mark the course complete when a learner has watched all three videos. You can learn more about the course completion trigger on Articulate’s ‘What’s New’ page.
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