Create eLearning Courses with Articulate Studio!

laptop3Have you ever wanted to create online learning presentations? Perhaps you’ve wanted to create a module to help your students deepen their understanding of core material? Or provide additional information on areas that they’ve struggled with?

This is all possible with Articulate Studio! Articulate allows you to create flipped classroom lectures, online courses, knowledge checks, graded assessments, scenarios and simulations, and more. In this post, we’ll give you a brief overview on Articulate, share some tips on how to get started with the software, and point out resources that are available to the UCSF Community in the Library Tech Commons.

What is Articulate?
The Articulate Studio software is a collection of tools used to quickly create online eLearning presentations. The software works seamlessly with Microsoft Office as a PowerPoint plug-in. Users can record narrations, add annotations, insert quizzing elements, and add interactions to PowerPoint slides for a more engaging learner experience. Articulate files can also be easily uploaded to the CLE with the option to integrate presentations into a course gradebook.

Watch the video below for a brief overview on Articulate and tools located within the ribbon.

How to get started?
The Learning Tech Group offers training and guidance for Articulate Studio, we can meet with you to go over the interface and help you get started with your project. Register to attend a Tech Clinic or contact a Learning Tech Specialist to schedule a training session.

You can get access to the Articulate ’13 software in a couple of different ways through the Library Tech Commons (CL-240 of the UCSF Library on the Parnassus Campus):

  • eLearning Studio
    If you are looking for a quiet place to record narrations and build learning modules, check out the eLearning Studio (CL-245) in the UCSF Tech Commons. This room is appropriate for projects that cannot be completed using public workstations and is equipped with Articulate Studio software, a high quality microphone, webcam, touchpad for quiet “clicking”, and Wacom tablet for annotating screencasts. To reserve time in this room, visit:
  • Workstation #5 in CLE
    Articulate ’13 Studio is also available in the Library Tech Commons (CL-240) on workstation #5. Since this is a public workstation, it can’t be used to record narrations but it can be used for editing and publishing Articulate files. To reserve time at this workstation, visit:
  • Articulate Loaner Laptop
    Full Articulate ’13 Studio (Presenter, Engage, Quizmaker, and Replay) installed on a Dell laptop with portable microphone. The laptop can generally be reserved for one week at a time with the opportunity to extend the reservation, depending on demand. To reserve this loaner laptop, contact with the dates and times you are interested in using it.
  • Free Trial
    A free 30 day trial of both Articulate ’13 and Articulate Storyline can also be downloaded and installed from the website. You will have full functionality of the software and be able to keep your editable and published files, even after the trial expires. Please note that Articulate can only be used on a PC. At this time, it cannot be used on a Mac.

Interested in learning more? The Learning Tech Group offers a collection of help docs on Articulate located on our Support Center. Also see below a list of other eLearning resources you might enjoy.

  • E-Learning Heroes |
    The official Articulate software community. Tons of forum postings, tutorials, free resources, community blogs. Definitely check this site out!
  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog |
    The official blog of Articulate community manager, Tom Kuhlmann. He is always sharing free resources and neat tips to use right away.
  • eLearning Brothers |
    Although this site pushes their own services and products more, it is the home of a lot free eLearning resources, as well.

Have questions about getting started with Articulate? Attend a Tech Clinic at the UCSF Library, contact a Learning Tech Specialist, or leave a comment below!

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About Lisa Leiva

Lisa is a Learning Technologies Specialist, with over 15 years of experience working with Faculty at UCSF. She earned a B.A. in Graphic Communications and a Masters in Instructional Technologies, both from San Francisco State University. Lisa enjoys providing faculty with creative ideas on how to integrate technology into the classroom to create rich learning experiences for students. In her spare time, you may find Lisa with her family having a picnic at a neighborhood park in San Francisco. Specialties: Instructional design, presentation design and delivery, teaching with the CLE, graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Studio, and Storyline.

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