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Articulate Storyline

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Likelihood to Recommend

Articulate Storyline

I think that if you can truly think outside of the set parameters, you can do almost anything with Storyline. Again, I know I've used it in ways I've never imagined prior to that. Initially, when developing the website, I'd assumed I'd be using a web development tool married with some programming in HTML and Javascript. While I still used some Javascript for parts of it, it was precious little.Knowing that I can always just drop a video onto a slide and then export the whole thing as a SCORM file is an easy way to get older pieces up to date so that we can make sure people are retaining the knowledge we're passing onto them.
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SumTotal Learn

SumTotal Learn is an LMS that is slowly developing into a finished product. I can't recommend this to anyone until it is a more finalized product. We have a large number of users in our database and the product seems to run fine even with 10,000+ users. If you're looking for an easy administrator user interface, this is also not for you. It has a very steep learning curve for admins.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Articulate Storyline
8.0
SumTotal Learn
6.5
Course authoring
Articulate Storyline
8.3
SumTotal Learn
9.0
Course catalog or library
Articulate Storyline
8.2
SumTotal Learn
4.0
Player/Portal
Articulate Storyline
8.3
SumTotal Learn
10.0
Learning content
Articulate Storyline
8.4
SumTotal Learn
Mobile friendly
Articulate Storyline
7.0
SumTotal Learn
Progress tracking & certifications
Articulate Storyline
7.9
SumTotal Learn
6.0
Assignments
Articulate Storyline
8.0
SumTotal Learn
6.0
Compliance management
Articulate Storyline
8.4
SumTotal Learn
8.0
Learning administration
Articulate Storyline
7.8
SumTotal Learn
4.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Articulate Storyline
7.5
SumTotal Learn
5.0
Social learning
Articulate Storyline
8.3
SumTotal Learn

Pros

  • Simplicity and functionality- the tool is powerful, but the differentiator for the product isn't the power itself, but the fact that users come up to speed and get so productive in the tool in a short time. The learning curve is very low.
  • Superb support- All software will encounter a problem at some point, so support is key. Articulate support is second-to-none.
  • Community- beyond support is a large community that offers templates and tutorials that enhance your experience with the tool.
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  • It allows for simulations to address complex scenarios in the healthcare setting.
  • We can quickly review reports to see completion rate of an activity.
  • We have empowered our upper managment to utilize the tracking functionality to have quicker compliance on education modules.
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Cons

  • Responsive- this is a matter of perspective. On one hand, responsive sites are becoming the norm, and sites are arranging themselves to better fit on a device's available space and orientation. On the other, if a designer creates a software simulation or a presentation design ("slide") for a specific presentation, rearranging those assets is not following the designer's intent (this is why Articulate scales, but doesn't have true responsiveness). I see both sides, but may want to see some options to set breakpoints to arrange items for different sizes or orientations in future versions.
  • Articulate is an early adopter of xAPI, and pretty standard features are reporting in xAPI streams, but seeing expansion of xAPI options in triggers would be an amazing feature set to expand
  • Wish I had more to say, but those are the only things I could think of after building over 100 courses in the tool.
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  • Staff would like to see the links of assigned training to allow users to launch into an activity
  • Offer more reports within the programs so users dont have to make their own
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Likelihood to Renew

Articulate Storyline6.0
Based on 21 answers
We can easily convert our older content into Storyline 2 courses, which makes updates a breeze. We've been well-pleased with the software, Articulate's dedication to releasing bug fixes and new features, and the fact that it is well-received by our associates and stakeholders.
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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 5 answers
We have been with SumTotal for 4 years, and will renew for a 5th. We like to product and we have not yet grown to a size where a custom "homegrown" LMS is necessary. The only reason we would leave SumTotal would be if the ROI is no longer positive and we can make more profit by creating our own LMS and hosting internally
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Usability

Articulate Storyline7.8
Based on 15 answers
This is by far the most accessible product for creating eLearning. A new user can become quite competent in using Articulate in a short period of time and become proficient in less than a year. I imagine that becoming an expert may take two years or more of consistent use, but even that is a short period of time.
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SumTotal Learn6.0
Based on 1 answer
I do not find SumTotal to be intuitive. I feel we need to adjust our needs to meet the functionality available in the tool.
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Support

Articulate Storyline10.0
Based on 10 answers
The online community and the folks at Articulate are both incredibly helpful. Many possible questions do not even need to be asked, as the answers can already be found in the "E-Learning Heroes" community that supports the products and their users. This includes lots of examples, free content, and "show me how X is done" tutorials.
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SumTotal Learn10.0
Based on 1 answer
They always answer my calls and, in most cases, are able to help me
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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
Implementing Articulate Storyline was a straight-forward and painless as humanly possible. There were no headaches found with other authoring tools not behaving well in existing systems, it really is excellently designed software. Everything was thought out so very well.
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Alternatives Considered

Articulate is more intuitive to use if you are more familiar with Microsoft products. Captivate may be easier to use if you're more familiar with Adobe products. I would still choose Articulate over Captivate due to its intuitiveness, simplicity to add triggers and variables, and even due to minor items such as not having to import buttons you would like to use.
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SuccessFactors is more user friendly, however their service is less than stellar. SumTotal was chosen because of price and customer service.
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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

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Decreased turnaround time
  • Increased operational capacity
  • Improved professional reputation (through better crafted courses)
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  • Clean front-end user interface for easier course catalog management.
  • Reporting has been more difficult than previous LMS.
  • Audience building has more variables making it more difficult to manage.
  • Slower overall client turnaround due to admin side interface.
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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

SumTotal Learn

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