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Articulate Storyline

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Score 8.5 out of 101

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

I feel that AR is well suited to any self-contained classroom and for all grades. It is also well suited for those who teach reading across multiple grades. I teach reading 3-8 at our school and I find that it is easy to use AR daily in my classes. If you have a lot of younger students or those who are struggling readers, then the Early Literacy program may be a better fit then the regular Accelerated Reader system. I know that sometimes our Kindergarten classes can't fully use AR until the end of Kindergarten or the start of their 1st-grade year.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.7
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.5
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
6.8
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.7
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.7
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.7
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.7
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.4
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.4
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.7
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.9
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.2
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.4
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
7.3

Pros

Articulate Storyline

  • 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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • If used correctly, Accelerated Reader helps students grow with their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. I advise teachers to have one on one conversations with students when setting goals (allow students to have input) so that the students are given more responsibility to achieve their own goals.
  • Renaissance's online chat/customer service is outstanding. They can usually answer my questions and do so in an understandable manner. They seem to be willing to help and will follow through if necessary.
  • There are many reports that Accelerated Reader administrators can use to help decipher the data created from their students taking Accelerated Reader quizzes.
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Cons

Articulate Storyline

  • Although the professional content library is available, it is still pretty easy for new users to make overly cartoonish looking pieces of training.
  • The program is very heavy load so you have to have a pretty powerful computer to run it effectively.
  • Final projects can be played by anyone but they can sometimes be glitchy because they are a bit heavy for users to run on their computers.
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • It was helpful--and quicker--when my students were able to log in to Accelerated Reader through the iPad app. Unfortunately, the app is not going to be supported. My students will still be able to use the iPad for quizzing and STAR assessments. It is just a couple of extra steps.
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 6.0
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.3
Based on 5 answers
We are very happy with Accelerated Reader and use it on a daily basis. It helps us keep track of student reading practice and helps us to help students find reading material that is at their level and of their interest. STAR Reading also helps us to guide instruction on a daily basis.
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Usability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 7.7
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.8
Based on 4 answers
It is very easy to use, and if I should have a problem I know the program has many helpful solutions.
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Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 8.6
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not encountered any problems with availability
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Performance

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 8.8
Based on 5 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not experienced any performance issues.
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Support

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
Based on 10 answers
I've engaged with their support three times since I've owned the product. Each time, I was treated very professionally and the issues were addressed quickly. Even in situations where the problem was not due to their software, their engineers were able to assist and get the project back on track.
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.7
Based on 11 answers
I rate Accelerated Reader a 10 because it is user friendly and it is a way to track student reading practice and progress. Teachers have all this data available when they need it or when meeting with parents or other peers to plan interventions for students. Parents also have access to check on their child's reading practice.
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Online Training

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 5.1
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 10.0
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 9.4
Based on 3 answers
I suggest that school create a plan that outlines:*Opportunities for Reading*Opportunities for Testing*Opportunities for Rewards*Student Accountability Measures prior to testingI further that each classroom teacher create a classroom plan that mirrors the school plan.
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Alternatives Considered

Articulate Storyline

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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

We love Accelerated Reader at our school and back this program 100% to increase student reading, vocabulary, and comprehension in order to close the reading gap. I haven't seen any other program with the positive results that accelerated reader has done for our students in the last four years. We have gone from having the bottom state testing scores to reaching near the top in various subjects across the board in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
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Scalability

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 9.1
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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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
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Return on Investment

Articulate Storyline

  • We have been able to bring our training development in-house with Articulate Storyline. This has reduced the cost substantially of module development from about $120,000 annually to less than $50,000.
  • It is now possible for the subject matter expert to work directly in Articulate Storyline rather than have to work with a third party and try to explain what needs to be developed as far as content.
  • Articulate Storyline has a bit of a learning curve and not everyone takes to it quickly, so although the training development has been brought in-house, there is now a back-log of work for those who use the software!
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader

  • The positive impact is that educators are showing interest in learning more about RAR.
  • The negative impact would be that there's not enough time to utilize one program with time always being an issue.
  • Access at home is an issue...host address is hard to find.
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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

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline
8.8
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline
6.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
9.3

Usability

Articulate Storyline
7.7
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Articulate Storyline
8.6
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
10.0

Performance

Articulate Storyline
8.8
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.0

Support

Articulate Storyline
10.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.7

Online Training

Articulate Storyline
5.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Implementation

Articulate Storyline
10.0
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
9.4

Scalability

Articulate Storyline
9.1
Renaissance Accelerated Reader
8.0

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