Onboarding Employees using a Rise Course

Facilities team member photos with their introductions

The Concept

Articulate 360 has been out for a couple of months, but I just got around to starting a 30 day trial. My favorite new application that’s included in Articulate 360 is called Rise. Rise is a super-rapid development tool that lets you create responsive courses in a fraction of the time it would take in Storyline. The interface doesn’t require any technical knowledge- it’s basically all WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

As a trade off, it doesn’t have the flexibility that Storyline does. I would not use Rise for a course that is aimed at changing learner’s behaviors, as you wouldn’t be able to create interactive enough scenarios. However, Rise is perfect for courses that are mostly about transmitting knowledge. If you were to break it down by Bloom’s Taxonomy levels, the learning objectives in a perfect Rise course would focus on Remembering, Understanding, and Applying.

For my course, I decided to create a Facilities Orientation guide for new hires that could be part of an onboarding process. This course is for a fake company I made up called Blue Beta. Not only did Rise make this a very fast course to build, it allows learners to easily revisit content (which would definitely be useful for new employees overwhelmed by information), and it works on mobile.

The Method

Rise has a number of different lesson types to choose from, as you can see here:

Different lesson types in Rise

For the most part, I ended up using the Blocks lesson type, as it allows you to combine many different types of content on one lesson page. Most of my content was regular text, so I use the Text and Statement block types quite heavily. I did also like the interactive and multimedia block types as well; you could really build some neat interactions using those (if your content called for it).

Different block types to choose from when building in Rise

Besides the Block lessons, I also incorporated a labeled graphic:

Labeled graphic of an office floor plan pointing our where the sales team sits.

Finally, I ended the course with a quiz to test learners on the important takeaways from the course. All of the lesson types looked gorgeous by default, but the quiz was really where I appreciated it most. The way Storyline built the quiz and the ending animation with the learner’s score is very elegant.

Answered quiz question showing explanation

Overall, I’m very pleased with Rise. I think it’s very applicable to a lot of courses we might design at my company, and it would save so much time in comparison to building the same thing in Storyline. There are definitely some things that could be improved (more customization options for sure, pulling directly from the content library is another), but the posts I’ve read in the Articulate Community show that their¬†product team is really listening well to the feature requests and use cases that community members¬†post.

The Result

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