Rise: How to Share Courses with Learners

Article Last Updated May 2, 2018

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There’s more than one way to share a Rise course. You can give learners a link to view it on our servers, export it for LMS distribution, host it on your own web server, or download it as a PDF file. Here’s how.

Share a Web Link

If you have a small audience and don’t need to track learners’ progress, the quickest way to share a Rise course is to send them a web link for it.

  1. Open the course from your Rise home page.
  2. Click Share in the upper right corner of the screen and copy the shareable link. (You have the option to protect your course with a password.)
  3. Send the link to your learners. And if you set a password for it, be sure to give them the password too.

Learners’ progress won’t be saved, so if they launch your course more than once using the shareable web link, their progress will reset to 0% and they’ll return to the beginning of the course. If you want learners to resume where they left off, you’ll need to export your course for LMS distribution as described below.

Export an LMS Package

Export a Rise course as an LMS package when you need to track learners’ progress. Rise supports xAPI-, SCORM-, and AICC-compliant LMSs.

  1. Open the course from your Rise dashboard and click Export in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose LMS from the Export Type drop-down list.
  3. Choose an LMS standard: xAPI (Tin Can API), SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2, or AICC.
  4. Select a Tracking option (completion percentage, quiz result, or Storyline block) and decide if you want to display an Exit Course Link for learners. (If you're tracking a quiz result and exporting a SCORM or AICC package, you also get to choose a reporting option.)
  5. Click Export in the upper right corner again to generate the package. (If there are any errors in your course, such as a blank lesson, Rise will ask if you want to edit the course or continue with the export.)
  6. Click Back to Course in the upper right corner to continue working while Rise generates your zip file. When it’s ready, you’ll receive an email notification with a download link. (For a small course, you may immediately be prompted to download the zip file before you have a chance to go back to the course editor. Just choose a location on your computer and click Save.)
  7. Click the download link in the notification email, then click Download Course on the web page that opens. Choose a location on your computer and click Save.
  8. Upload the zip package to your LMS. If your LMS requires you to identify the launch file, point to indexapi.html.

Export Web-Only Output

If you don’t need to track learners’ progress, you can export a Rise course as web-only output and host it on your own web server. It’s easy!

  1. Open the course from your Rise dashboard and click Export in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose Web from the Export Type drop-down list.
  3. Click Export in the upper right corner again to generate a zip file. (If there are any errors in your course, such as a blank lesson, Rise will ask if you want to edit the course or continue with the export.)
  4. Click Back to Course in the upper right corner to continue working while Rise generates your zip file. When it’s ready, you’ll receive an email notification with a download link. (For a small course, you may immediately be prompted to download the zip file before you have a chance to go back to the course editor. Just choose a location on your computer and click Save.)
  5. Click the download link in the notification email, then click Download Course on the web page that opens. Choose a location on your computer and click Save.
  6. Extract the zip package, upload the contents to your web server, and give learners a link to the index.html file.

Export a PDF File

Need to print a Rise course? Or download it for compliance documentation? Good news! You can export it as a PDF file. Here's how.

  1. Open the course from your Rise dashboard and click Export in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose PDF from the Export Type drop-down list.
  3. Click Export in the upper right corner again to generate the PDF file. (If there are any errors in your course, such as a blank lesson, Rise will ask if you want to edit the course or continue with the export.)
  4. Click Back to Course in the upper right corner to keep working while Rise generates your PDF file. When it's ready, you'll receive an email notification with a download link. (For a small course, you may immediately be prompted to download the PDF before you have a chance to go back to the course editor. Just choose a location on your computer and click Save.)
  5. Click the download link in the notification email, then click Download Course on the web page that opens. Choose a location on your computer and click Save.

That's it! You can read the PDF file offline, print it, distribute it to others, or even attach it to your Rise course as an optional download using an attachment block. Want to see a video demonstration? Click here.

Here's how the interactive parts of your Rise course appear in the PDF file:

  • Hyperlinks work as expected and launch in your default web browser.
  • Audio clips, videos, and web objects become static placeholder images.
  • Interactions, such as labeled graphics and tabs, become a series of screenshots, one for each item in the interaction. (Each flashcard becomes two screenshots, one for the front and another for the back.)
  • A Storyline block becomes a screenshot of the first slide in the project.
  • Quiz lessons and knowledge check blocks display questions and answer choices. They don’t show correct/incorrect responses or feedback statements.