A Beginner’s Guide to Using Articulate Rise to Create Mobile-First eLearning

Articulate Rise is a responsive course-authoring tool. When we author course content through Rise, it adapts to any mobile device. In this blog, I will be narrating how Rise helped me create a course for training freshers who joined the organization as Graphic Designer Trainees.

What Does Articulate Rise Offer?
Rise offers blocks. These blocks are different types of cognitive templates through which the Instructional Designer can add text, images, videos, animations, and assessments in a plethora of combinations to aid the learner’s ability to reason and learn.
Articulate RiseCells are the building units of the human body. Similarly, Rise blocks are the building units of a course. Inside Rise’s interface, you will find that a course can be created through the arrangement of blocks in a logical sequence. Every Rise block moves seamlessly according to how a user moves the mobile device. Also, you can preview how the block you just added to your course looks on a laptop, tablet, and mobile device.

My First Articulate Rise Course
I chose Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to create my first responsive course. This blog post offers a step-by-step beginner’s guide to using ArticuIate Rise to create mobile-first eLearning. The course that I developed is titled – ‘How Graphic Designers Create Digital Assets’.

Gain Attention:
The front page of a course should catch the eye of the learner. I uploaded a captivating course cover image using the ‘Cover Photo’ option in Rise.

I did not have to Google for an attractive course cover image. They were all inside Rise. The content library inside Rise has approximately 1.5 million assets which are royalty-free. No attribution required. New assets are being added to their library every day! Click To Tweet

Inform Learners about the Objectives:
Learners need to know right away the objectives of the course, which could be presented as answers to three questions:

• Who should take this course?
• Why should one take this course?
• How long will it take to complete this course?

I could provide the answers to these questions through the “three-column” grid nested under the gallery block. The grid has the facility to accommodate three photographs and their corresponding captions.

Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning:

The GD Trainees would know about the late Steve Jobs, who was a titan among designers. This prior knowledge was what I was hoping to tap into when creating a learning solution for graphic designers. I thought it would be a good strategy to stimulate their minds using a Steve Jobs quote that candidly explains the secret of graphic design. Rise offered me the quote block to execute this beautifully.


Presenting the Content:

The graphic design process can be broken down into seven steps.

Step 1 – The client input analysis:
The graphic designer must use a rubric to analyze client inputs, and I chose the accordion tab, which is a neat click and reveal interactivity that can present answers to the rubric questions.

Step 2 – Ideating Phase:

The graphic designer must know the three components of ideating. They are, doing research, brainstorming and recollecting information. I could present these components through a click and reveal tab set.

Step 3 – Sketching on Paper:

The graphic designer must always sketch on paper before digitizing ideas. I had to drive home this point through the speech of a designer. Rise helped me do this through the video block.

Step 4 – The Development Phase:

The graphic designer has four computer devices to choose from for creating digital assets of the sketched ideas. I could show these through the four-column grid image block.

Once the ideas have been digitized by the graphic designer, the design lead would validate them. The lead would follow a process for checking the digital asset. I could show this through the process block.

Step 5 – Presenting to the Client:

The fixed and finalized designs are sent to the client by the project manager. I could show an image of a manager sending the files, through the full width image block.

Step 6 – Revision Phase:

Clients usually recommend enhancements or outright corrections. There is always a list of changes to be made. Rise helped me to show this through the list block.

I could also vividly show the difference between the first version and the revised version of the file through the two-column grid image block.

Step 7 – Delivery Phase:

The revised file is once and for all ready to be delivered to the client. I could show the finalized deliverable through the centered-image block.

Provide Learner Guidance:

The sorting block helped me to provide trainees an opportunity to practice the ideation process. Formative feedback was provided every time the learner made a mistake.

Elicit Performance:

Rise even allows Storyline interactivities to be imported. An ordering activity would help the learners to practice the process, and therefore I imported the activity from Storyline using the Storyline block.

Provide Feedback:

I ensured that the learners receive formative feedback through three knowledge checks. The learners could try out the activities as many times as they wanted. Rise helps in providing feedback to the learner for any response.

Assess Performance:
I incorporated a summative assessment using the quiz block to test the trainee’s understanding of the lesson.

Enhance Retention and Transfer to the Job:
Using the flash cards block, I could connect the key ideas of the lesson in the minds of the graphic design trainees. Also, the timeline block would reinforce the seven steps of the graphic design process chronologically.

Final Thoughts:
I could publish this course to the web. Also, I could export it to SCORM/xAPI and upload it to the LMS. Scenario blocks and data blocks are going to be added in the upcoming release of Articulate Rise. I cannot wait!
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Editor’s Notes:
Rise is a powerful tool from Articulate that lets users build mobile-first eLearning solutions with ease. With affordable pricing plans, Rise gives even freelance Instructional designers the power to create engaging eLearning with its intuitive interface and powerful features. The free image library available with in Rise is a definite plus-point for users and the upcoming features of the product make it an extremely interesting and competitive product in the eLearning authoring tool space. You may also wish to read our earlier blog post on ‘Using Adobe Spark to Create Engaging eLearning’.

Here’s wishing all our readers and well-wishers a “Happy New Year 2019”.

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