If you call yourself an instructional designer, then there is no doubt that you have had exposure (at some point) to Articulate Studio, or their newer Storyline offering.
It seems that most training projects that involve elearning will utilize either Articulate or Captivate – at least that has been the case for every project I have been on.
For years, the Articulate Studio offering has been a (very) successful add-on to Microsoft PowerPoint. Since it leveraged one of the world’s most popular pieces of software, Studio was very easy to learn and use. Not too long ago Storyline came about and took with it that same intuitive “PowerPoint” feel (despite being a separate program).
As of today, the two flagship products offered by Articulate are downloadable software. In other words, you pay once and then download.
They have another product (Articulate Online), which is a cloud LMS of sorts, tracking user scores and data for a price starting at $199/month.
Now, this all may be old news to many of you. If you have used Articulate, you understand their product offering, and you also understand that they have a massive support forum community. Many threads are littered with questions ranging from novice to expert in nature. A good number are because people are having issues, or experiencing bugs, with the software.
Which made me think…
How many people would use the Articulate products if they were hosted on the cloud rather than on your computer? I can see a reasonable amount of backlash for this approach, but it does provide some benefits.
For instance, because the customer base for Articulate is rather large, a cloud solution means they (Articulate) have complete control over their product and its delivery environment – allowing for quicker, and contained resolution to issues.
Also, from a user standpoint it would be nice to be able to access your courses, and the building tool, from anywhere.
I’m not asking for this change to happen, I just think that it might be worth considering – and it could be beneficial for all parties.