Articulate Storyline 2 Reaches Codie’s Winner Circle

May212015
Written by Will Bailey — Posted in Storyline 2

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We’ve got big news! Articulate Storyline 2 is now the proud recipient of an SIIA Codie award! SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries, so this is indeed a huge honor.

Winner of the Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution category, Storyline 2 was “test-driven” by tech-savvy judges from around the country whose evaluations deemed it a finalist. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and selected the 28 Codie winners, Storyline 2 among them.

“SIIA’s 2015 Education CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”

We’re thoroughly honored to accept this respected award for Storyline 2, and we hope you’ll help us spread the great news!

Show Us Your Best Stuff in the 2015 Articulate Guru Contest

May132015
Written by Kelly Meeker — Posted in Guru Awards

Show Us Your Best Stuff in the 2015 Articulate Guru Contest

We’re super excited to announce the 2015 Articulate Guru Contest. It’s our challenge to the Articulate community: Show us what you can do with Articulate software. We love seeing the awesome stuff that people create—and we love recognizing leading course creators who stretch Articulate software to its limits.

We’d love to have you participate! Just submit a creative e-learning example by June 30, 2015 that takes advantage of the innovative features in Articulate Storyline 2 or Articulate Studio ’13. We’ll review all the entries and pick the very best, most creative, most innovative examples as the 2015 Guru winners.

This is your chance to show off your stuff—and get recognition from Articulate. Winners get tons of publicity and opportunities to be featured in our blogs and e-learning examples. Plus we’ll give away special prizes to the winners!

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the contest description. Then unleash your creativity and start building your awesome Guru Contest entry. When you’re ready to enter, submit your project right here.

6 New Accessibility Features in Storyline 2 Update 5

May72015
Written by Will Bailey — Posted in Storyline 2

Storyline 2 is the industry’s favorite authoring tool because it’s so easy to create engaging, interactive e-learning with Storyline’s simple, powerful features. And with the new features in our latest free update (Storyline 2 Update 5), it’s now even easier to create accessible content.

We’re excited to share six new features that will help you create content that’s optimized for learners with screen readers. Here’s what’s new:

WCAG 2.0 Support

Reach a wider audience with new support for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Custom Tab Order

Make sure learners using screen readers hear the right content at the right time by defining a custom tab order for slide objects.

 

Customizable Player Font Size

Now you can increase the player font size up to 200% to help visually impaired learners navigate your course.

Skip Player Navigation Option

Give learners with screen readers the option of skipping player elements when they’re tabbing through slide content.

Language ID for Screen Readers

Localize content for learners with screen readers by specifying the course language.

Keyboard Support for Sliders

Let learners control Storyline 2’s interactive sliders with the arrow keys on their keyboard.

Grab the latest update to Storyline 2 right here. And dive into the Storyline 2 tutorials to learn more about creating e-learning with all of Storyline 2’s cool features.

To see all the free new features we’ve added to Storyline 2 since its release, check this out.

If you haven’t tried Storyline 2 yet, you can get a free 30-day trial now.

 

 

How LexisNexis Used Mobile Learning to Improve Sales Training

Mar32015
Written by Will Bailey — Posted in Case Studies

If you’re an attorney in the U.S., LexisNexis is your lifeblood. You rely on the company’s more than 30 terabytes of laws, statutes, and opinions to build your cases. You also count on LexisNexis to cater its information services to your specific area of practice. And with over 100 separate areas of legal practice in existence, that’s a lot of catering.

Enter the LexisNexis sales department. To sell the company’s services effectively, the sales staff must have a fairly sophisticated understanding of legal practices. They also need to be familiar with many different areas of law.

To give its sales team a first-year law student’s understanding of one key practice area—intellectual property law—LexisNexis set out to develop an online course on the subject. Chris Bahns, lead design & technology consultant at LexisNexis, explains: “We needed to educate our sales reps on intellectual property law so they could more confidently speak with our customers.”

But what resulted was much more than a single course. “We wound up developing something much more substantial,” Chris notes. “We built a multi-practice area training platform that changes the way LexisNexis’ sales staff learns about our services.”

 Learning Without Limitations

In the Intellectual Property module, salespeople can zero in on topics most relevant to them.

To develop the Practice Area Training Series, Chris and his team turned to Articulate Storyline. Storyline’s simple, powerful tools made creating the modules easy for a team with various experience levels.

“Articulate Storyline let our team organize huge amounts of information, make it engaging, and then deliver it in the smoothest way possible,” said Chris. “Articulate lets us produce anything we can imagine, without limitations.”

The Practice Area Training Series presents complex legal concepts, spanning many different areas of practice, in easy-to-digest courses that are not only effective, but also entertaining. The Intellectual Property module is just one of 14 Practice Area modules used by LexisNexis sales staff, and is part of an ever-growing knowledge repository.

Now, sales reps aren’t inundated with information they don’t need. They can focus on learning about the practice areas most relevant to their customer base. And because the modules were published to HTML5, sales reps can access them via the web from their offices or on iPads when they’re on the road.

Breathing Life into Legalese

The training series presents information in easy-to-digest nuggets that breathes life into material that can be dull at times.

Keeping learners engaged with fine print and legal semantics is no easy task. Chris and his team knew they had to make content relevant, easily consumable, and entertaining for their learners.

Making content relevant was simple. They let learners choose practice areas rather than make them learn everything at once in a linear course.

And to make content easily consumable, they stripped out extraneous content, focusing on key concepts that could be used as talking points in sales situations.

To keep learners entertained, the team created video introductions with layered graphics and animation. For example, in one video, an attorney speaks about a high-profile civil suit against a restaurant chain over a photoshopped background of the restaurant, effectively humanizing the subject matter and making it feel more relevant.

“Our learners appreciate how easy it is to learn about the law in easy-to-digest nuggets,” said Chris. “They like that we’ve brought some life into material that can at times be a bit dry and dull.”

The series uses character interactions like this one to make fine print and legal semantics more engaging.

In fact, there’s been a flood of positive feedback on the series.

One sales rep raved, “I want to tell you how much I enjoy your training.” Others have praised the series for having a “nice flow” and being “entertaining.” It was even complimented for having “some of the best explanation of practice area content that I’ve ever seen.” The source of that compliment? An actual attorney.

A Continuing Education

LexisNexis has continued to take advantage of the benefits of online training. Because staff can take the training series on both mobile devices and desktop computers, the company saves significant costs on travel and accommodations associated with traditional training methods. What’s more, Articulate Storyline has made it easy for a team of designers with varying experience levels to expand the series.

“Storyline is great for many reasons, but especially because it can be used by both new and advanced designers,” said Chris.

And with the added support of Articulate’s E-Learning Heroes community, the #1 community for course creators, LexisNexis feels confident using Articulate as its e-learning solutions provider.

Chris added, “Articulate’s online community is like no other we’ve seen. With the community and Storyline, we have everything we need to develop courses that make a real impact on our business.”

Articulate Wins Big for 10th Straight Year at the 2014 Best of Elearning! Awards

Jan272015
Written by Will Bailey — Posted in Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ’13

It’s official: Articulate is the industry favorite for 10 years running. E-learning developers all over the world have chosen Articulate software as their favorite in the 2014 people’s choice Best of Elearning! Awards.

Articulate Storyline named best all-around

For the second year in a row, Articulate Storyline was named winner of the Best E-learning Development Tool category. News of the win came just weeks after Articulate Storyline 2 was awarded gold for Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology at the 2014 Brandon Hall Awards. Articulate Storyline is the easiest, most powerful authoring tool for creating virtually any online or mobile course imaginable.

Articulate Studio takes multiple categories

Products in the Articulate Studio suite, the industry standard for transforming PowerPoint content into online and mobile courses, won in several categories. Articulate Quizmaker won Best Testing & Assessment Solution, and Articulate Presenter was named winner of the Best Presentation Solution category. Articulate Replay received an Award of Excellence for Best Video Capture, and the entire Articulate Studio suite took home an Award of Excellence for Best E-learning Development Tool.

Articulate Mobile Player repeats past honors

Articulate Mobile Player received highest possible honors as a co-winner in the Best Mobile Application category. This marks the second time Articulate Mobile Player has enjoyed this distinction. It won the same category in the 2012 Best of Elearning! Awards.

We’d like to thank the Articulate community for supporting us in these highly coveted readers’ choice awards. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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