The Biggest Flaw with Articulate Rise

Last year Articulate unveiled a new offering (or several new offerings to be more accurate) under the umbrella of “Articulate360”.

The entire presentation is quite impressive. This presentation is equally matched by the updates they made to their line of products.

For years Articulate has been known for Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline, and a smattering of other tools designed to make it easier for elearning developers to create their courses.

They now introduced an exciting mobile learning component in Articulate Rise and it looks great… or at least it looks great on the surface.

You see, from a visual standpoint the platform looks great, and if it is anything like other Articulate products then the learning curve will be quite minimal. But when you look under the hood you might be shocked at what you see (I know I was).

Rise was released without Tin Can API (xAPI) support – an industry standard for reporting. Instead, they opted to only support the rather dated SCORM protocol.

This is a big deal.

It’s a big deal because the industry adoption of Tin Can API has been an uphill battle given how firmly SCORM has been entrenched in the market. When one of the largest industry players neglects Tin Can API for their newest offering it does the elearning industry a huge disservice.

I couldn’t find anywhere that indicates Tin Can API is on the Rise roadmap (if you happen to know where it is then please post it in the comments), but it’s silly that it’s not included from the get-go to be honest.

I can’t help but wonder: why release a cutting-edge tool that neglects cutting-edge reporting technology?


Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Twitter | LinkedIn

13 Responses

  1. It’s not good. I agree with you Justin. Tin Can is a big leap forward and badly needed from a learning metric point of view. It creates a divide in the eLearning industry because of Articulates size and influence.

  2. As of May 3, staff at Articulate say “we’re still targeting Q2 (April-June)” for TinCan exports to be supported in RISE

  3. I heard from Dennis Hall that it is still not working correctly through. Has anyone done exported as xAPI from Rise into LearnDash using something like Grassblade? We have eight awesome courses in RISE we are trying to get into LearnDash.

    1. We don’t have an example of this but the file is either embedded (like a video) or opens in a new window depending on your settings.

  4. Articulate Rise has an even bigger issue that has stopped me from using it until its fixed.
    When setting up a Rise project you can restrict navigation, but this only restricts navigation between lessons meaning you need to finish the lessons in order. The first problem here is you can scroll through the lesson from top to bottom, and that’s it, you have finished that lesson inside the time it takes to scroll. So the folks at Articulate developed a ‘Divider’ block that allows you to place a ‘Continue’ button between each block in the lesson, and it has some restrictions on it to make sure you complete the interaction above it. Whilst this is great, if you use a video above it, it will force the learner to watch the video. Problem is, you can fast forward the video and jump it straight to the end (no way to lock the video). Therefore the learner does not watch the video. The workaround for this from Articulate is to place your video inside a Storyline file and upload that. This stops the learner from scrubbing the video, but, the ‘Continue’ block will not block a Storyline file, so again the user just ignores it, presses Continue and presto, you are at the next lesson without watching the video again.

    Visually Rise is amazing, functionally, its useless for those wanting to restrict navigation. I don’t understand how they put this product on the market in this state. Unless you want free beta testing completed by all those that have been using it.

    Elucidat on the other hand does not seem to have this problem if you can put up with the slow speed of uploading videos.

    1. You must publish the Storyline file with a complete/incomplete notification for the LMS based on number of slides or grade. Then the Continue button will not appear until the scrubber is at it’s end.

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