A Great Curriculum Design Platform that Generates Cohesive Online Courses at a Price that is Reasonable
June 25, 2021

A Great Curriculum Design Platform that Generates Cohesive Online Courses at a Price that is Reasonable

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Articulate Rise

We have utilized Articulate Rise and the Articulate 360 suite of services for a number of years, primarily in our programming department where we utilize it to build dynamic online content that is SCORM-compliant...for fully asynchronous, hybrid, and in-person learning settings. We have used it regularly to design curricula that serve learners of all ages, ranging from as young as middle school to adults in business settings. It allows us not only to design our own content but also to help our clients design their own curriculum and take ownership of the process themselves once they understand the features and benefits.
  • Easy-to-use curriculum design tools and features
  • SCORM-compliant design tools make it easy to host in multiple content management systems in use across multiple industries
  • User-friendly but also provides enough bells and whistles for those who want to go a bit deeper with their design work
  • Limitations when it comes to mobile content and mobile-friendly design
  • Some of the types of content that can be added to courses can be greatly improved when it comes to types of activities, formats for content, more interactive designs
  • Some solid templates available but their need to be more robust templates that are more engaging and less one-dimensional for modern online learners
  • Value-add of being able to design curriculum for other organizations and schools
  • Ability to easily create content for web-based use without having to worry about individual learning gains/student tracking
  • No built-in tracking/student measurement features require accompanying CMS/LMS if wish to understand student gains and evaluate progress.
We chose Articulate Rise because it was the best balance of offering multiple design tools and embeddable content without being obnoxiously priced. Because the course design also ensures SCORM-compliance, whatever we create can easily be embedded in learning management systems later on. We looked at some more robust platforms but the type of tools they offered required a level of coding and technical expertise that would have left those same tools unused by staff. Meanwhile, many free services have some features but make it hard to create a truly cohesive, unified course experience (as opposed to disjointed activities and readings that essentially just get "collated" online). In this case, you really can build a great, linear, holistic course without spending an arm and a leg.

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We have utilized Articulate Rise for our primary curriculum design platform for multiple years. Although it can look pricey compared with other free options, they do a great job of supporting nonprofit use and more cost-effective. By doing so, they continue to be the best in the industry when it comes to value relative to cost with a nice suite of content creation tools that can easily create an out-of-the-box online curriculum while still being easy to navigate for traditional teachers who may be extremely knowledgeable about curriculum development but not tech-savvy. The product could benefit from more content formats and activity types (doesn't seem to have been updated in years) and more authority and control over color/visual palettes and style.

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