Onboarding Employees using a Rise Course

Facilities team member photos with their introductions

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. Some things could definitely be improved (more customization options for sure, pulling directly from the content library is another). However, 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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  1. Gail Chambers August 3, 2017

    Hi –
    Nice work – can you supply the template for this new employee onboarding using Rise. Thank you.

  2. Karen H May 31, 2018

    Loved “Onboarding New Employees”. Is it possible to get a template?
    Karen Hymel

    • Allison June 2, 2018

      Hi Karen,
      I just sent you a copy of the course- enjoy!

      • Fuad Garayev August 14, 2018

        Great Job Allison, can I also get one copy of your template ? Thanks in advance

        • Allison August 24, 2018

          Hi Fuad,
          Can you send me an email message through Articulate’s site? I need your email associated with your Articulate 360 account to send you a copy of the course. Thanks!

          • Lisa March 11, 2021

            Love this example. Can you share a template for it?

  3. Valerie August 3, 2018

    Hi Allison. Great job with the onboarding course. It gave me a lot of ideas as an Articulate newbie. Would you please send me a copy of the template?


  4. Rene K August 14, 2018

    Hi Allison,

    How are you? This is a great onboarding course. Is it possible to receive a copy?


  5. Allison August 24, 2018

    Hi Karen and Rene,
    I just sent a copy of the course to you- enjoy!

  6. Yvonne September 2, 2018

    Hi Allison,

    I am in the process of making an onboarding course and noticed your course. It is simply wonderful and it looks great. Could I ask you for a copy? It would kick-start my project enormously.

    Thank you.

  7. Ed September 26, 2018

    Hi Allison. Nice work. Could you please send me this course, I loved the look and feel. thanks.

    • Allison October 2, 2018

      Hi Ed,
      Can you send me a message through the Articulate community so I have your Articulate-associated email address?

  8. Khanh Nguyen October 1, 2018

    Hi Allison,
    I love your work on this course. Would you please send me a copy of this
    Many thanks !!

  9. KAM October 22, 2018

    Marvelous design. Allison. Please share a copy of Onboarding Employees using a Rise Course with me too. I love your work.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Allison October 23, 2018

      Hi KAM,
      Can you send me a message through my Articulate profile so I have your email address associated with your Articulate 360 license?

  10. PS77 February 23, 2019

    Hi Allison

    Any chance to get a copy ? That’s a fantastic course indeed

    thank you

    • Allison February 24, 2019

      Please send me a message through the Articulate community so I have your Articulate subscription-related email address. I tried sending the course to this email address but it said you didn’t have a current subscription.

  11. Heidi December 5, 2019

    Great course! Can I get a copy of this template?

  12. Carl D'Silva April 20, 2020

    Hi Allison,

    Love the structure, simple and easy with key topics covered. Could I please get a copy of this course on Rise?


  13. Candice June 4, 2020

    Wow! This is great. I’m completely new at this and would love to get a copy to explore. Can you send this to me?

  14. Chris Tobnick September 25, 2020

    Would love a copy, what a stellar job you did on this and thank you for this!

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