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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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HealthStream

I would ask the project manager/leader if they intended on developing their own content, or if they were content with HealthStream's various content libraries. The decision to use HealthStream as a development tool, internally, cannot be taken lightly. There is a lot of work and required expertise involved in designing and maintaining original course materials. I would also ask if the project manager/leader had considered the amount of time required to manage a full-service HealthStream environment.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

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

Onboarding

Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.4
New hire portal
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
Manager tracking tools
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.1
Compliance tracking and reporting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
8.0

Performance and Goals

Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.1
Corporate goal setting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.3
Subordinate goal setting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
Individual goal setting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.4
Line-of sight-visibility
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.3
Performance tracking
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.3

Performance Management

Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.1
Performance plans
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.4
Plan weighting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Performance improvement plans
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.3
Review status tracking
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.3
Rater nomination workflow
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.0
Review reminders
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.0
Workflow restrictions
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Multiple review frequency
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Reporting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.7

Succession Planning

Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.0
Create succession plans/pools
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
Candidate ranking
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate search
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate development
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.5
Job Requisition Management
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.5
Company Website Posting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.5
Publish to Social Media
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Job Search Site Posting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
Customized Application Form
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.5
Resume Management
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.5
Candidate Search
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.5
Applicant Tracking
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.5
Collaboration
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
5.0
Task Creation and Delegation
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
6.0
Email Templates
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
User Permissions
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0
Reporting
Articulate Storyline
HealthStream
7.0

Pros

  • The UI closely resembles the general UI that is used by Microsoft Office products. It is instantly familiar, decreasing the learning curve.
  • Storyline is very powerful. If you can imagine the design, you can develop it in Storyline. The built-in templates and player skins offer a wide variety of page layouts. I particularly like how Storyline organizes slides by scenes and provides a visual map to help you see the course navigation.
  • Storyline is not a resource hog. You can't simply install it on any machine, but you do not need a tricked-out rig with gaming specs to run. It runs very smoothly on an Intel i5 with 8gb of RAM with plenty of system resources available for Microsoft Office and Adobe applications to run in different windows.
  • Storyline output HTML is very clean. With other authoring tools, bad Javascript and poor CSS output really had a negative impact as you had to devise workarounds and implement patches for them to work with your LMS. Storyline is the closest authoring tool that I've found "just works."
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  • All employees are educated when they begin employment on how to sign into Healthstream and that it is the source of training for the organization. So everyone knows where to go to complete their required training for their position to remain compliant. Puts responsibility in the employees' hands.
  • Immediate knowledge of whether you passed/failed.
  • If used correctly provides excellent transcript for an employee, concise and accurate.
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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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  • Very difficult to run any type of report using Healthstream. It would be more beneficial if you could run a report indicating who finished set assignments
  • Very difficult to search for classes. If you do not put in exact titles for particular assignment you will not find it.
  • Cannot print out any listing of upcoming classes on a certain topic or email a list if requested, the product really falls short
  • If an employee is not in Healthstream and you must complete their testing and you must use a "place holder" the product is not very good. If the tester does not go back into the Healthstream record once the individual is registered and enter a learning event then you do not have an accurate transcript.
  • Not really user friendly for all managers, if an older manager is not computer literate. then training can be painful and you will find the product is not used.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 answers
I've actually extended my previous 3 year contract with Articulate into a 6 year contract. After that I expect to add another 3 years... The cost for our licenses and any additional we might need is very fair and the return on investment is achieved in a matter of months, weeks even.
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HealthStream7.2
Based on 11 answers
I am no longer at the company in which I used it. We do not have a training budget at my current company, but I have already recommend we we get one and buy Healthstream.
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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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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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HealthStream9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to get support when needed regarding Healthstream issues
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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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Alternatives Considered

As mentioned earlier, I used to use Adobe Captivate prior to Storyline. It has been at least 3 1/2 years since I've used Captivate, so it may have gotten better since then. But, from my experience, Articulate is much more intuitive and has a lot more features than Captivate. Overall, it is easier to use and is easier to complete a project in Storyline as opposed to Captivate.
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I find Dropbox to be much easier to use, I find most products easier to use.
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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

  • Tremendous ROI- a team of 7 redeveloped a suite of 60 courses in under 6 months with Storyline for very highly regulated environment. The prior tool that we used did not see that level of production after 5 years of use.
  • Enhanced analytics- the level of data we were able to get out of this tool was superior than our prior tool, which allowed us to better analyze elearning outcomes and improve programs.
  • Speed to competency- the team came up to speed on the tool in a very fast period of time, and they used Articulate Community resources to leverage templates that allowed them to create elearning interactions that they would not be able to develop from scratch, so the shared assets actually increased capability
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  • Increased employee awareness of clinical workplace protocols.
  • Better reputation and acceptance in clinical setting.
  • Better customer service.
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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

HealthStream

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