Design more engaging learning materials for online courses with Articulate Rise
While I was working as a learning designer at Miami University (Ohio), we adopted Articulate Rise so that we could create more interactive learning experiences within our online courses. It generated a lot of interest with our faculty—the appreciated the look and flow of content within Rise.
However, our early collaboration attempts with faculty course developers were not entirely successful because they continued to produce long-form content (text, videos). Learners were still viewing to a full lecture or reading what was essentially an academic article, just housed within a Rise course.
I realized that we needed to help our faculty understand how to structure content so that it was digestible (chunked and scaffolded) and design interactive activities that would engage and motivate learners.
I quickly realized that I had two different “hows” to cover before collaborating with faculty to develop a Rise learning experience:
how we build content in Rise, i.e., all of the bits and pieces of text, images, video, and other content we need to bring together to create each type of Rise block; and
how to structure the content we add to Rise to optimize student learning.
The second “how” is arguably the more important one since it speaks to how to take a longer, more complex topic and make it digestible, memorable, and engaging for learners. Once we have a structure in place, then we can get into the nitty gritty details of the content we’d need to pull together to build a specific type of block in Rise.
I created a Rise course as a reference for faculty that not only explains these two hows but also demos as many Rise features as possible so that faculty could preview the full range of the application’s features. I’ve linked to it here to make it more widely available. Enjoy!