Articulate is slightly different from the other product reviews we’ve put up so far. For one thing, Articulate isn’t the kind of open-source, free platform that Siminars and Udemy are. It has the same kind of community for eLearning platform materials, but isn’t the same sort of website. Not just anyone can come in and create a course.
What Articulate.com is a fantastic software package. It is available fairly cheap, and has a great 30-day trial period where you can try it out to see if you like it. Storyline, the Articulate.com software package, is a fabulous alternative to older, clunkier materials used to create classes.
If you like working with software to create a course, this is probably the best one you’re going to find.
If you’re a technological whiz who has a great time creating courses from scratch, you’re probably going to be better off at Siminars. However, if you’re really not sure what to do software-wise, Articulate is a fantastic alternative to Siminars and other like companies.
- Articulate.com eLearning Tool: Summary Overview?
In our Articulate review, we tested out the Storyline software. Honestly, we were blown away by the tools they used to create their courses. They’re intuitive, reactive, very interactive, and come with some of the best customer support we’ve ever seen. In fact, the customer support is so important to the course it’s essentially a design feature.
The tool is easy to use, even if you’re extremely new to the computer. This is very, very important to a lot of the teaching community. Some of the best teachers we know are getting up in years, and have more and more issues making use of technology. Finding a technology that’s easy for them to use to create and share their knowledge can be invaluable. This way, anyone who has the free trial (or pays for the actual software) can make absolutely certain that they create a stunning, unique, lasting course that everyone will be able to enjoy for years.
- Articulate.com: Who It’s For
Articulate.com is for people who know they want to create a course, and have some great ideas for how they want to do it, but are at a total loss as to how exactly they want it to happen.
Whether this is those who are great at coming up with courses and bad with technology, or those who have good ideas but have never actually taught anyone before, this is Articulate’s core audience. These are the people who have great ideas, but aren’t sure how to structure them into courses for other people to digest.
With the help of the offered technology, Articulate.com creates a fabulous platform for people from all walks of life to share their classes and views with the world.
- Articulate.com: Core eLearning Features
One thing we love dearly about Articulate.com is the community that comes with it. This community is strong and thriving, and it is constantly adding new and interesting people. The Articulate.com community is extremely active.
Unlike other sites like SkillShare, Articulate.com offers teachers a lot of ways to connect, rather than simply focusing on the ways that students can interact with each other. By doing this, and focusing on other methods of connection, Articulate.com stands ahead of the pack in community.
For example, Articulate.com has a thriving community on social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter. There are also hundreds of blogs related to the Articulate community to go through, and a community showcase. These features make it so that people who teach classes rarely feel as if they’re making the journey alone; again, it’s a great website for those that want to teach classes online, but just don’t quite know how yet.
- Articulate.com Review: What’s Great About Articulate.com
Most companies that offer online courses are heavily focused on making sure the students are happy. They’re all about connecting students with great teachers, connecting students with other students, and making certain that every student gets the most out of their education.
While Articulate.com does have a thriving and exciting community of students available, the primary focus is on the teachers.
Because of this, all of the effort is spent on the continuing education and aid of teachers. While other sites tend to sort of assume that teachers are certainly familiar enough with courses to be able to teach them at any time, Articulate gives many tools to teachers that help out with creating those courses for consumption.
For example, in the Articulate.com blog, there are always downloadable tips and tricks available to learn, so that teachers never make the mistake of not being able to properly fulfill a teaching obligation. There’s also the e-Learning Heroes blog. This includes tutorials and downloads for free, as well as providing a lot of advice for the first-timer (and anyone else as well).
- Articulate.com Review: What’s Not So Great About Articulate.com
The Articulate.com website is a bit clunky for us. It’s not very intuitive, and we often found ourselves in a domain we didn’t really want to be in. There are many links that look innocuous enough, but take you to a partner site instead of another page on the Articulate site, which we had wanted.
Because of this, we did get sort of annoyed by the website.
The other thing about the website is that it’s very difficult to find the classes you may want to take. Anyone looking for classes may have a difficult time finding pricing, proper courses, and the rubric completely explained. The most annoying thing is that it’s very difficult to find prices. Any time that’s true for us on a website, we get very nervous about what it’s going to charge us.
- Articulate.com Pricing / Cost Explained
While there’s no cost to create a course on Articulate.com, the software used to create it is pretty pricey. For a single upgrade, the Storyline feature costs several hundred dollars.
In order to actually find out the prices of Articulate.com’s products, you need to contact customer support to find out absolutely anything about billing and pricing. The 30-day free trial, which we used and loved, was extremely comprehensive. However, it makes us very cagey to find that there’s no pricing plan available without calling to find out.
The Final Word: Articulate.com Conclusion
Articulate is a great website for creating courses. The sharing and disseminating of courses isn’t so easy as it is in our two favorite picks for eLearning platforms, Siminars and Udemy, but the actual creation of courses is unparalleled.
If you know you want to create a fantastic course but don’t know where to start, this is a fantastic website and product. This might, in fact become the only one you want to use, in the long run. If that’s the case, then you’ve probably found the website you’re meant to be on.