Rise Version History

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Listed below are the new features and bug fixes that have been added to Rise since its initial launch. And because Rise is a web app, there's nothing to install. New features and fixes are immediately available, though you might need to export a Rise course again to update existing published output with a new feature or bug fix.

November 16, 2018

  • Enhanced: Labeled graphic blocks now have the same white background by default as your other blocks so you can create lessons with a smooth, uninterrupted flow.
  • Fixed: You'll no longer see " | Rise" in the browser tab for your exported courses.

October 30, 2018

  • Fixed: Translating courses is awesome, except when your exported files don't work with your translation software or extra HTML tags are inserted. We've taken care of both with this release.

October 24, 2018

  • Enhanced: Want to use different "step" labels for each process block in your course? Now you can! Use the new step label setting in the sidebar. 
  • Fixed: Now, when a process block is included in your lesson, your exported PDF displays as expected. No more blank files!

October 16, 2018

  • New: Rise authoring just got a whole lot more flexible. We’ve added an option to convert existing prebuilt lessons into blocks, removed the option to create new prebuilt lessons, and simplified the lesson selector. We’ve also added a new blocks shortcut bar to speed up your workflow. Check out the details here.

September 11, 2018

  • New: We love knowledge checks so much, we gave them their own space! Use the Knowledge Check category in the blocks library to add multiple choice, multiple response, fill-in-the-blank, and matching knowledge check blocks to your lessons. And easily switch existing knowledge checks from one question type to another.
  • New: Discourage guessing with the multiple response knowledge check block. With more than one correct answer, learners really have to master the course content.
  • New: Ask learners to recall a word or phrase with the fill-in-the-blank knowledge check block. You can turn on case sensitivity for an added challenge.
  • New: With the matching knowledge check block, make a list of text-based pairs, such as vocabulary words and their definitions. Rise will separate and shuffle the pairs. Learners must put them back together in an engaging drag-and-drop interaction.
  • New: Let learners explore an interactive timeline of events in your block lessons. Timeline blocks can have text and media, including audio, video, and image files.
  • Fixed: Dragging timeline events is a quick and easy way to reorder your timeline lessons. It's not supposed to make your first timeline event appear at the end of your timeline! We've fixed that.

July 31, 2018

  • New: Make your block lessons more interactive. Use a process block to explain a linear process with a carousel of media-rich steps. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

July 23, 2018

  • Enhanced: Text in flashcard blocks can now be left-aligned. In fact, there are now five alignment options for text throughout Rise: left, center, right, justify, and a new option to return to the default alignment for the selected text. Learn more.

July 18, 2018

June 19, 2018

  • Enhanced: Rise courses now send question-level details to your LMS, letting you monitor what learners know and where they need more help. Learn more.

June 18, 2018

  • New: Create more lean-forward moments in your block lessons. Add a labeled graphic block to let learners explore key components of an image. Just upload an image, then add interactive markers to describe each element.
  • Enhanced: Blocks animate smoothly into view as learners scroll through block lessons. You can also turn off block animations if you prefer.

June 13, 2018

  • New: You can now localize a Rise course into other languages. Export text to an XLIFF file, translate it, then import it back into Rise with formatting intact. C’est magnifique!

June 12, 2018

  • Enhanced: We added a little more continuity to continue blocks! Now, when a continue block is the last item in a lesson, it’ll take you directly to the next lesson.
  • Enhanced: Learners can collapse sections of the course outline in the sidebar to see the overall structure of a course.
  • Fixed: Answer choices in quiz questions temporarily stopped shuffling, but they're working properly again. Keep those learners on their toes!

June 7, 2018

June 4, 2018

  • Enhanced: Flashcard blocks are now even more intuitive to use. They react when learners hover over them and provide clear interaction instructions on their first use. It's the little things that make all the difference. And if you don't need the flashcard hint, you can turn it off in the block settings.
  • Fixed: Left-aligned feedback text in quiz lessons and knowledge check blocks now displays properly.

May 18, 2018

  • Fixed: Sorting activities now behave as expected on iOS 11.3 devices. No more dragging the entire screen with you!
  • Fixed: Text on flashcards no longer appears faded towards the bottom in Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed: Learners couldn't resume or complete courses in some LMSs when suspend data exceeded a certain limit. Now Rise lets the LMS determine its own character limit for suspend data.

May 10, 2018

  • New: Create branched scenarios and decision-making interactions by turning off the previous and next buttons and using button blocks to control navigation.
  • New: Turn off the lesson numbers in your course settings when your content doesn’t need a lesson count.
  • Enhanced: Hide an image from screen readers when it’s decorative or doesn't add important context to your course. Just add two double quotes ("") to the alternate text to make it null, and screen readers will skip it.
  • Enhanced: You can now remove borders from quote carousel blocks. Just go to the block settings in the sidebar and turn off the border.
  • Fixed: Rise courses will now have unique manifest identifiers when they’re exported as LMS packages.

May 2, 2018

April 26, 2018

April 25, 2018

April 16, 2018

  • Fixed: Rise courses exported as SCORM 1.2 packages wouldn't work in some LMSs, such as Dokeos and Meridian. If a SCORM 1.2 course is blank in your LMS, simply export it again. Thanks for reporting it to us!

April 2, 2018

  • New: Control how learners interact with videos. Disable forward seeking when you don't want learners to skip ahead.

March 7, 2018

  • New: Use a Storyline block to track completion of a Rise course in your LMS. Choose to track completion based on a trigger, quiz result, or number of slides viewed in your Storyline block. Details here.
  • New: Learners can navigate Rise courses entirely with their keyboards. And you don’t have to do anything to enable keyboard accessibility; it’s built right into the published output. Learn more about keyboard navigation.
  • Fixed: A duplicated course would revert back to the default English text labels.

March 2, 2018

  • Fixed: Learners couldn't access the buttons for previous and next lessons on iPhones in landscape mode.
  • Fixed: Audio or video content for a quiz question would continue playing after advancing to the next question in the quiz.

February 23, 2018

  • Enhanced: Tin Can API (xAPI) courses no longer require a learning management system (LMS). You can now host xAPI courses on any server and report statements to a learning record store (LRS).
  • Fixed: Some LMSs couldn't locate the launch file for xAPI courses, and some LMSs reported communication errors when launching xAPI courses.
  • Fixed: After hiding the author on the course cover page, the author was visible in new lessons added to the course.

February 20, 2018

  • New: Get more control over course navigation. Require learners to complete a Storyline block before moving on by adding a continue block to your Rise lesson. Details here.

February 19, 2018

  • New: Build Rise courses faster by saving existing blocks and their content as templates, then reusing those templates in other lessons. And if you have an Articulate 360 Teams subscription, you can share templates with your team. Learn more about block templates.
  • Enhanced: Now you can replace the background image in labeled graphic lessons with photos and illustrations from Content Library.
  • Enhanced: You can sort the courses on your Rise dashboard alphabetically or by date, and now Rise remembers your choice each time you open your dashboard.

February 13, 2018

  • Fixed: In matching quiz questions, both columns of choices and matches shuffled so learners saw them all in a random order. Now, draggable choices in the left column shuffle, and matches in the right column stay in the order you listed them.
  • Fixed: Some text labels for quiz elements were missing from XLIFF files when exporting label sets for translation.

February 2, 2018

  • Fixed: Exported courses had duplicate player-interface.js files, which prevented them from uploading to some LMSs.
  • Fixed: Next buttons were missing from process lessons on some mobile devices.

January 11, 2018

  • New: Make quizzes interactive with the new drag-and-drop matching question type. Add up to 10 text-based matching pairs. For example, match countries to their capitals or chemical elements to their abbreviations.

January 10, 2018

  • New: Choose to have your course sidebar open or closed by default, or even turn it off altogether. Turning off the sidebar also removes the course outline from the cover page and requires learners to navigate lessons in sequential order.

December 27, 2017

  • New: Get more control over course navigation. You can require learners to pass a quiz before moving on to the next lesson. Learn more.

December 7, 2017

  • New: Personalize your Rise courses with custom fonts for headings and body text. Just upload your font files in the theme settings.

November 30, 2017

  • New: Reinforce learners' knowledge with a variety of feedback options in quiz lessons. Give learners a single feedback statement for all responses, different feedback for right and wrong responses, or even different feedback for each possible response.

November 13, 2017

November 9, 2017

November 8, 2017

  • Fixed: Continue blocks that followed videos didn't work in Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed: Audio clips or videos from multiple steps in a process lesson would sometimes play simultaneously.

October 24, 2017

  • Enhanced: Rise now remembers your dashboard layout between sessions, either grid or list view.
  • Fixed: Bulleted and numbered lists didn't have hanging indents, so text wasn't aligned correctly when it wrapped to multiple lines.

October 11, 2017

  • Fixed: If learners started a quiz and switched to a different lesson before finishing the quiz, they couldn't resume the quiz where they left off. Now they can.

October 9, 2017

  • New: Use Storyline blocks to add custom interactivity to your Rise courses. Just publish your Storyline 360 projects to Articulate 360, then import them into a Rise blocks lesson.
  • Fixed: Some embedded web content was cropped or cut off in Rise.

October 6, 2017

  • Enhanced: Now you have more design choices for video and embed blocks. Make them as wide as you want. And show or hide the border around embed blocks. Just edit a video or embed block, then select the Settings tab in the sidebar to see your options.

October 5, 2017

  • New: Easily manage all your Rise courses. Create folders on your Rise dashboard to organize projects and quickly find what you need.
  • Enhanced: Now there are more font sizes on the text-formatting toolbar.
  • Enhanced: Articulate 360 Teams subscribers who collaborate on courses will see owners' avatars on the course tiles.
  • Fixed: When you duplicated a knowledge check block and changed the answer choices in one block, the answer choices in the other block also changed.
  • Fixed: Numbers were sometimes out of sequence in numbered list blocks.

September 13, 2017

  • New: Quickly remove all formatting from selected text by clicking the Clear Formatting icon on the floating toolbar.

September 6, 2017

  • Enhanced: We improved accessibility by increasing the contrast between foreground and background colors for built-in course features, such as buttons and icons.

August 29, 2017

August 23, 2017

  • Enhanced: Now you can continue working on your course while Rise exports it as a package for your LMS or web server. You'll receive an email notification with a download link when it's ready.

August 21, 2017

  • Fixed: Your cursor would sometimes jump back to the beginning of the line or down to the next line while typing text in Rise.

August 9, 2017

  • Fixed: Question numbers only displayed two digits, so quizzes with 100 or more questions were numbered incorrectly.

July 6, 2017

  • New: Improve accessibility for learners with screen readers by adding alternate text to images.
  • Enhanced: If you lose your internet connection while creating a course, Rise will prevent you from working on it so you won't lose any data. When your internet connection is restored, Rise will automatically reconnect and let you continue editing the course.
  • Fixed: When viewing an image carousel on a touchscreen device, swiping the caption text would move to the next caption in the carousel, but the image wouldn't advance.
  • Fixed: Previously, numbered lists would accept letters, but they always reverted to numbers. Now, numbered lists only accept numbers.
  • Fixed: Buttons that linked to other lessons in the same course stopped working when the course was duplicated.
  • Fixed: Bold formatting wouldn't always work in text-on-image blocks.
  • Fixed: Accordion blocks temporarily stopped accepting more than four items.

June 13, 2017

  • Enhanced: We now compress videos in Rise so they have smaller file sizes while still maintaining high quality.

June 5, 2017

  • New: Export Rise courses as Tin Can API (xAPI) packages that work seamlessly with your LMS.
  • Fixed: Rise cover photos wouldn't always upload.

May 24, 2017

  • New: Choose photos and illustrations from 3+ million assets in Content Library, and add them to your Rise courses with one click. All assets are royalty-free with no attribution required. Learn more.
  • New: You can now author and view Rise courses in Microsoft Edge. See this article for Rise browser support.
  • Fixed: The exit course link stopped working in LMSs.
  • Fixed: Authors couldn't change the icons associated with Rise lessons.

May 9, 2017

  • Fixed: A course with two or more quizzes wouldn't always send results to an LMS.

May 8, 2017

  • New: Send a copy of a course to another Rise author when you want to share your source file. Details here.
  • Enhanced: We moved the New Course button to the top of the Rise dashboard so it's always visible.
  • Fixed: Courses with block lessons wouldn't send completions to an LMS.
  • Fixed: Rise courses wouldn't always export successfully.
  • Fixed: Short block lessons wouldn't always scroll.

April 20, 2017

  • New: Make it easy for learners to exit a Rise course. You can set buttons in block lessons to leave the course, or add an ever-present link when you export the course that lets learners return to an LMS. See this video demo for details.
  • Enhanced: The Rise dashboard now displays your cover photos on the course tiles.
  • Fixed: Button stack blocks wouldn't display more than 10 buttons.

April 11, 2017

  • New: Use continue blocks in your block lessons to progressively reveal content and make sure learners complete interactions before moving on.
  • Fixed: Some questions might be skipped when retaking a quiz, resulting in an incorrect score.

March 31, 2017

  • Fixed: Lengthy Rise courses wouldn't always resume correctly in an LMS.

March 30, 2017

  • New: You can now only edit a Rise course in one browser window at a time. When you open a course that's already being edited in another browser window, you'll have the option to take control of it. This prevents one version of the course from accidentally overwriting the other. Learn more.
  • New: Now you can export text labels for built-in course elements, such as buttons and lesson headers, customize or translate them, then import them back into Rise. Here's how.

March 20, 2017

  • New: Course authors can choose whether or not learners are allowed to mark unfinished lessons complete. Details here.

March 13, 2017

  • New: Easily add downloadable resources to Rise lessons with the new attachments block. Simply insert it into any custom blocks lesson and attach documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
  • New: When you share a Rise course on Slack, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, the link will now unfurl to reveal course details, including the title, description, and cover photo.
  • Enhanced: Until now, you've been able to show or hide the author for each individual lesson in a course. And now you can show or hide the author for the entire course all at once.
  • Fixed: Flashcards wouldn't always scroll to reveal lengthy text on mobile devices.

March 2, 2017

  • Fixed: Numbers were misaligned in numbered list blocks and numbered divider blocks in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed: Learners' scores were misaligned in quiz results in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed: We added a few missing labels to the label editor.

February 24, 2017

  • Fixed: A course with restricted navigation wouldn't report completion to an LMS if it included a blank lesson.
  • Fixed: Text-wrapping could break in the middle of a word in statement blocks on small screens.

February 19, 2017

  • Enhanced: Rise now respects iframe embed codes.
  • Fixed: Content embedded in an iframe would sometimes open in a separate window. Now all embedded content plays within the Rise course.
  • Fixed: Hyperlinks to external content would sometimes open in the same window as the Rise course. Now they all launch in new windows or browser tabs.

February 10, 2017

  • Fixed: A course being tracked by completion (rather than a quiz result) wouldn't always report a passed or completed status to an LMS.

February 8, 2017

  • New: Make built-in course elements, such as buttons and lesson headers, say what you want them to say by customizing the default text labels.
  • Fixed: A category drop target in a sorting activity would be partially offscreen in Internet Explorer 11.

January 27, 2017

  • New: You can now set a completion threshold percentage when exporting a Rise course as an LMS package. Previously, learners had to view an entire course to achieve completion in an LMS.
  • New: Oops! You didn't mean to delete that block. No worries. Now you can undo deleted blocks to get them back.

January 24, 2017

  • Enhanced: Now you can choose to show or hide metadata for embedded content.
  • Fixed: Embed blocks would sometimes get stuck processing while authoring a course.
  • Fixed: An interactive tabs block wouldn't always save text when it was edited inline.
  • Fixed: AICC courses with Reporting set to Complete/Incomplete wouldn't communicate completion to an LMS.
  • Fixed: SCORM courses wouldn't always submit quiz results to an LMS.
  • Fixed: SCORM courses would sometimes display Retake on the first quiz attempt.
  • Fixed: Rise courses were blank in Internet Explorer when Compatibility View was enabled since it doesn't support HTML5 content, so we added a meta tag to prevent Internet Explorer from using Compatibility View for Rise courses.

January 17, 2017

  • Enhanced: Now you can add an unlimited number of tabs to interactive Tabs blocks.

January 6, 2017

  • New: You can cancel the import process for a course cover photo as it uploads, and if you delete the cover photo from a course, you now have the option to undo that change.
  • Enhanced: We improved PNG support to achieve higher-quality images while keeping file sizes small.

December 13, 2016

  • New: Let learners review what they've learned. You can now add multiple‑choice knowledge check blocks to custom lessons. (Knowledge checks are ungraded. If you need to track learners' results, use a quiz lesson instead.)

December 12, 2016

  • New: Turn off the lesson count setting for each quiz you want to exclude from the overall lesson count for a Rise course.

December 9, 2016

  • New: Customize your course cover with a photograph. Upload your own or easily search for the perfect image from an extensive library of gorgeous, royalty-free photographs.
  • New: Now you can format quiz lessons with bold and italic text as well as hyperlinks.

December 6, 2016

  • Enhanced: We now compress data better to improve support for large Rise courses.
  • Fixed: A quiz lesson wouldn't submit in some scenarios.

November 30, 2016

November 23, 2016

  • New: Duplicate lessons in a course when you need lessons with similar structure and just want to swap out content.
  • New: Change the icon associated with each lesson in a course.
  • Fixed: You had to click the Next Lesson button twice on iOS devices.
  • Fixed: SCORM courses wouldn't always display properly on iOS devices. For example, they might not scroll as expected.
  • Fixed: Multiple scroll bars would sometimes be nested in a Rise lesson.

November 21, 2016

  • Fixed: The Rise home page wouldn't show more than 20 courses.

November 9, 2016

  • New: Rise launched! Responsive course authoring, done right.