Articulate Storyline

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

Storyline is useful for creating fairly complex eCourse modules with branching decision paths. If you are only looking to create very simple eCourses, its functionality might be overwhelming and unnecessary. It is helpful to have Storyline in a company's arsenal because it is widely used by eCourse vendors, so when an eCourse is delivered and requires edits (copy editing, etc.), then the content manager or LMS manager should definitely have access to this tool.
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HealthcareSource NetLearning

The key questions I would ask are:Am I seeking the ability to educate with interactive content or document education? HealthcareSource NetLearning is stronger in documenting.How specific do I need to be in educating? For house-wide and department-wide assignments HealthcareSource NetLearning works great. Distinguishing to micro-groups are more difficult.Do I want to integrate with other products? This is impossible at this time. (3rd party courseware is possible, I am speaking of 3rd party report building software and other software integrations.)
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
HealthcareSource NetLearning
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
HealthcareSource NetLearning

Pros

  • Articulate Storyline is especially adept at providing interactive training modules with the ability to add in various learning paths with animations and button selection. When done correctly it can be highly engaging for the user.
  • It is very easy to add voice over, screen shot, and screen capture video to your modules with the recording software built right into the program. This instantly eliminated our need for external software to fill these roles and was a huge time saver.
  • As we use multiple methods for module delivery, Articulate's publishing options are first rate. You can burn to a CD, publish as a SCORM package for a LMS, publish to a website, or even as a Word doc if you need to pass around just the content for review. This versatility serves all our needs.
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  • The user interface is simple. Everything is on one page and incredibly easy to navigate.
  • The program is solid. We haven't had a downtime in years.
  • The program syncs with our HR system very well.
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Cons

  • One very time consuming process in creating a slide is synching up animation with a voice recording. I find I spend a lot of time dragging markers, sorting through layers, and having to constantly fine tune each second of the slide. The tools are fine, and I am not sure how this could be made faster, but a more efficient way of doing this task would be a big time saver.
  • In the adult training world it is important that end products look professional and are able to reflect the style of the business using them. Although Articulate Storyline offers many options in its characters, animations, etc., it can sometimes be a challenge to avoid a juvenile feel to the training. Sometimes those characters are downright comical, and frustrating to work with when you're trying to provide a polished technical training module.
  • When I first approach a new training project it can be overwhelming thinking about how each slide should look and function, how I want the material to flow, and how the user will transition from one topic to the next. I would love to see a brainstorming/ slide layout/ or rudimentary storyboard function. Maybe something which could be published and shared with team members for everyone to provide feedback and ideas on before development begins on the actual module slides.
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  • Third party or custom built SCORM packages often have issues.
  • Limited ability to create custom reports.
  • Lack of ability to integrate with other programs.
  • Assignment system is extremely limited.
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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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HealthcareSource NetLearning7.5
Based on 2 answers
We will continue using NetLearning because it does what we need it to do from a compliance and educational standpoint.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.8
Based on 15 answers
Overall the ease of use is one of its endearing qualities. You can open the program, start a new project and get going regardless of your expertise with it. If you have ever created a presentation of any kind you can get going with Storyline on day 1 the first time you open it
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HealthcareSource NetLearning9.0
Based on 1 answer
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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
They are support-superstars and the software they use for support is excellent too (I don't know what it is). The model they use for support should be followed by all companies. It is a conversation/discussion forum model that shows everyone's questions in a knowledge base capacity so you can get the help you need in a speedy way.
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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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HealthcareSource NetLearning9.0
Based on 1 answer
easy and effective.
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Implementation

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 9 answers
Outside of having to dedicate a powerful enough PC for the installation and having to update Flash in our browsers there really isn't much pain involved in using Articulate. For the most part this is an easy to implement and roll-out product. The installation occurs quickly and smoothly with no additional steps needed.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate is a powerful authoring tool that creates great eLearning. I chose Articulate Storyline because it gave me the same great output and was not hard to learn. I don't need a special "language" to use it. At a former company where we used Adobe Captivate, it took me much longer to get things created. I get an interactive course that looks great and meets our objectives that is not so complicated to learn how to create with Storyline.
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I've used a couple different LMS's and this one is a very easy system to log into as well as use when in a hurry or have multiple users that aren't enrolled.
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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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Return on Investment

  • It has made working with subject matter experts easier when trying to design impactful learning. They get the basics of what can be done in a short amount of time and have stopped asking for recorded PowerPoint.
  • Due to quick publishing of a course with multiple ways for output, we can get courses into our LMS without hassle.
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  • Better end user experience
  • Better teacher experience
  • Enrollment ease
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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
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HealthcareSource NetLearning

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