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

Click here to view the course. If you’d like a copy, please send me a message through my Articulate Heroes profile. That way, I’ll have your Articulate account-related email address. Thanks!

14 Comments

  1. Gail Chambers August 3, 2017
    Reply

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

  2. Karen H May 31, 2018
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    Loved “Onboarding New Employees”. Is it possible to get a template?
    Thanks
    Karen Hymel

    • Allison June 2, 2018
      Reply

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

      • Fuad Garayev August 14, 2018
        Reply

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

        • Allison August 24, 2018
          Reply

          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!

  3. Valerie August 3, 2018
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    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?

    Thanks!

  4. Rene K August 14, 2018
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    Hi Allison,

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

    Thanks!

  5. Allison August 24, 2018
    Reply

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

  6. Yvonne September 2, 2018
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    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
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    Hi Allison. Nice work. Could you please send me this course, I loved the look and feel. thanks.

    • Allison October 2, 2018
      Reply

      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
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    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
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    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
      Reply

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

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