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Articulate Storyline

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Articulate Storyline

I think Storyline is great for self-reviews. It is fairly easy to set up a "Drag and Drop" slide with a few questions to drag over to the right answer. You can use pictures and graphics to make it more appealing and interactive. It is also very useful for training processes. For example, if you wanted to show someone how to use a specific program, you can use screenshots and screen video captures to help show the process. I think it would be harder to use Storyline for a class lecture or just for videos. For example, if you wanted to record a physical classroom, or record a screen capture in which you are just using screen captures.
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Google Classroom

Teachers no longer have to bring home a large bag filled with papers. Google classroom makes it easy to send and receive assignments to students for grading. Teachers can also leave feedback in real time. Students get a quicker turn around on their assignments and grades with Google classroom. This also prepares them for the future in their career and college.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Google Classroom
8.1
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Google Classroom
8.3
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
Google Classroom
7.1
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Google Classroom
7.8
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Google Classroom
8.8
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
Google Classroom
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Google Classroom
8.2
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Google Classroom
9.3
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Google Classroom
7.4
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
Google Classroom
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Google Classroom
7.4
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Google Classroom
8.3

Pros

  • Storyline integrates with the Canvas LMS fairly seamlessly. There have been a few glitches, but for the most part, the interactions we have created will play directly in the Canvas LMS.
  • Storyline is great for creating short drag and drop interactions for self-reviews or even graded assignments. Its many options for quizzes such as "answer reveal" or using tabs help the student get a different perspective on the content rather than just an "A, B, or C" answer.
  • Storyline is great for tutorials or training sessions. There are many options to help guide the learner (or employee) through a process. it is not just linear, but you can branch the slides based on the answers. A great way to engage the learner or employee.
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  • Provide digital worksheets and rubrics for assignments
  • Deliver announcements and email updates with important reminders
  • I sync it with my calendar, so I am able to mange upcoming events/projects.
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Cons

  • I wish that you could customize the UI ribbons to bring features you use frequently to the front and to hide options you rarely use.
  • It would be great if there was a way for non-technical collaborators (SMEs, management, etc) to be able to open a *.story file directly and provide comments. You currently have to publish the course, load it to the LMS, update the LMS, and then hope that users can find it in the LMS. A Storyline Viewer/Previewer standalone application would be awesome.
  • The price is too high for freelancers to purchase and use. I no longer contract and work exclusively for the firm, but even with our resources, the high price limits the number of licenses available to use.
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  • Google classroom is best paired with Google Drive. I wish that it helped students stay better organized by scaffolding the folders and assignments more effectively. It would be nice if teachers could create units within their posts.
  • The linear stream feed makes it difficult for students to search for assignments. A "search option" would be beneficial. It would also be nice if there was a way to organize posts by month or week, so that they were easier to find when looking back.
  • Students cannot see comments written on digital google doc submissions even when they are returned. This means I use Google Classroom exclusively for homework, and do not have essays/digital feedback for students. This is a big hinderance.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 answers
We are moving away from the standalone eCourse model, so depending upon when that shift happens, we might choose not to renew since we won't be supporting eCourses built in Articulate Storyline anymore. As long as we are still selling and supporting those eCourses, we will continue to renew the licenses we have.
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Google Classroom10.0
Based on 2 answers
More and more teachers are adopting Google Classroom into their curriculum at our school. I foresee it expanding throughout the school
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.8
Based on 15 answers
The basics are easy to learn but you won't get really robust activities from using just the basics. However, if you can invest the time in learning how to use all of Storyline's features, you'll have tremendous learning development power at your fingertips. I do have to say, though, that there is a beautiful logic to how everything in Storyline works. Once you learn a few of the advanced features, you can learn them all because there's a similar underlying logic. The interface is also very appealing and friendly.
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Google Classroom9.0
Based on 3 answers
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Google Classroom9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
I hardly ever get a response that solves my problem. As a matter of fact, I submitted a support call almost 2 months ago about a problem I was experiencing with Articulate Online (for which we pay a handsome amount every year) and, for the first month I had to keep following up and was told it was being sent to quality assurance to investigate. Well, I still have not received a response to my issue. In my mind, this is a huge fail on the part of Articulate and I am always disappointed with the lack of support I receive.
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Online Training

Articulate Storyline5.1
Based on 3 answers
I love the fact that both a demonstration AND text version of the tutorials are available. Our firewall was blocking the demos until I requested my company allow them! Having the text version available still enabled me to learn from the tutorials. They are very well done and informative, and there is a tutorial for just about anything you need to learn to do with Storyline. I have always been more than satisfied with the support and training available to us for all Articulate products and I love the community!
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Not really.
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Google Classroom10.0
Based on 1 answer
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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Alternatives Considered

I've used a few other products that are similar to Storyline. Captivate by Adobe is overly complex and frustrating at times, so that's gonna be a "no go" for most users. The addition of these new 360 applications (Rise, Review, etc) makes Articulate the top option when it comes to developing e-learning in my opinion.
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I have used iTunes U, but this is a much stronger platform because it integrates Google Docs very successfully. Itunes U did not have a word processing program that it was directly affiliated with. Also, while the folder creation could be stronger for the students on the Google Classroom platform, it is already better than the iTunes U program I was using.
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Scalability

Articulate Storyline9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is easy to train new users and manage content. Being able to import older projects and PPT files makes it very easy to use for a lot of "moonlighters" in our department.
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Google Classroom10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: The ability to use this tool for a variety of delivery methods has been great.
  • Positive: Ability to adapt older training to modern, trackable replacements.
  • Negative: It's pricey for multiple seats.
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  • Students are more likely to turn in work, and on time.
  • Less papers get lost!
  • Students don't review their work as much as they do if you give them a hard copy of a paper back to them in class.
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Pricing Details

Articulate Storyline

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Classroom

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details