There are few things we love more than trying out a new eLearning tool, and recently we had the opportunity to take Elucidat for a spin. As part of a client project, we took a break from Articulate Storyline and Rise—our go-to eLearning authoring tools—and spent time exploring what course development is like in Elucidat to determine our own Elucidat reviews.
Elucidat, Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise are three of the most popular and highly-rated authoring tools out there. We know from experience that Articulate tools do a great job helping us deliver consistent, beautiful, and high-quality work to our clients. But Elucidat is a leading authoring tool for a reason: you can create great-looking courses, leverage interactive content and gamification, and courses perform well at scale.
With so many awesome and versatile eLearning authoring tools out there, is Elucidat the right pick for you? We’re excited to share our honest Elucidat reviews and perspective: what we loved, what we wished were different, and how the Elucidat tool compares to Articulate Rise.
What is Elucidat?
Elucidat is a leading eLearning authoring platform for building and publishing learner-paced and responsive online learning. Elucidat is especially focused on helping learning teams produce effective learning quickly, without sacrificing quality.
Elucidat is designed with large enterprises in mind: users can create and manage digital learning at scale with brand control and localization tools. Elucidat isn’t just an authoring tool, it’s a platform in and of itself, and the content you make is stored on its server. Because of that, Elucidat works best as an in-house platform for large L&D teams.
If you’re working with an external partner make sure to have conversations up front about what is and isn’t possible within the tool—strict user permissions and the limited hosting format make external collaboration a little tricky.
Our Elucidat reviews
Our Elucidat reviews are in—now that we’ve spent time learning Elucidat, we can share our take on what works great and what we wish worked differently.
Before we get to that, keep in mind that our top priority as a creative learning agency is always to design a learning experience that results in real behavior change for learners. Our ideal tool is one that allows our designers to customize a unique experience that meets the needs of each and every learner. That’s the lens through which we evaluate and adopt learning tools, so it’s a good idea to keep your own learning goals in mind as you read our Elucidat reviews.
Pros: What we like about Elucidat
Elucidat’s Styles feature makes it simple to create, customize, and unify consistent branding in your courses. Along with adding in your company’s logo, brand colors, and fonts, you can also create multiple Styles for different courses and easily manage them throughout the Elucidat platform. But here’s why Styles is one of our favorite Elucidat features: you can update and apply Style changes globally. That’s a major timesaver—if you need to update your logo or adjust one of your colors, you can use this Elucidat tool to quickly apply the change across all courses.
If customization is a priority for you, Elucidat gives designers plenty of room to play. The platform offers a ton of opportunities to customize everything from user navigation controls to individual content components. Especially if you’ve run into problems with limited styling options on other platforms, Elucidat features give you much more control over the look and feel, globally and at each breakpoint.
Interactive features are a great way to enhance the learning experience, and Elucidat has a lot of engaging content. One Elucidat tool that really stands out is social polling. Social polling allows you to poll a learner audience in real-time and display the aggregate results immediately after, showing how other learners answered. For example, you could ask learners to select one thing they’ve learned that they can implement in the next week. On the next screen, they’d see a chart or graph displaying how other learners responded to the same question. Social polling is a great use of the Elucidat platform and demonstrates a willingness to go beyond typical SCORM capabilities.
Elucidat prioritizes global scalability, and they have the localization tools to back it up. Master/child courses allow authors to create a master course from which to manage child projects that have variations, like different languages. Any updates you make in the Master course will apply to your child projects so that you can easily manage and update multiple localized courses.
Elucidat cons: What we wish were different
Strict third-party rules
Elucidat has strict rules about subscribers granting third-party access to their accounts, and if you do want to add editors, it could require adding additional users to your package. As you can imagine, this can make it a little trickier to work with an external partner on a project in Elucidat. From our experience, it’s still possible to create great learning experiences in Elucidat, even without full admin access. But overall, Elucidat has some room to grow when it comes to accommodating all types of team structures.
More freedom means more development
We love that Elucidat features allow in-depth customization, but it’s a double-edged sword. The more freedom you have, the more development time you’ll need. The Styles and Master/child features help speed up production, but you’ll still be doing a lot of the legwork to build the foundational aspects of your course. Depending on the needs of your project, getting bogged down in development details can take time away from other aspects of course development.
Limited hosting format
This is a big one for us. When you finish developing a course in Elucidat, it has to stay there. Elucidat is a platform in and of itself, and the content you make is stored on its server. While Elucidat’s server powers some really engaging features like social polling, it also means that your course always has to be linked to and hosted on the Elucidat platform. While some authoring tools export a standalone file that can live on even after you part ways with the service, it’s important to know that the shelf life of your Elucidat courses will only last as long as your subscription.
How Elucidat compares to Articulate Rise
First things first, Elucidat and Articulate 360 are both great authoring tools. Elucidat reviews and Articulate reviews are packed with happy customers who love the eLearning they’ve been able to create. But when selecting the right tool for your specific needs, certain critical factors can make or break your learning outcomes.
We’ve covered some of Elucidat’s pros and cons, and we’ve given our honest review of Articulate before, too. In this case, the best comparison is between Elucidat and Articulate Rise—both are user-paced and mobile-first (unlike Storyline’s voiceover-driven, gated format). Let’s take a look at Elucidat vs. Articulate and how the two tools compare in a few key categories.
This one’s easy: Articulate 360, which includes Rise and Storyline, is much less expensive than Elucidat. The Articulate 360 suite has an inclusive subscription model, giving users access to the programs, review app, content library, and training for $1,299 annually per user. Elucidat has four tiered pricing options based on your number of users and learners, with the lowest learner count set at 2,000. Although pricing isn’t public, the consensus throughout Elucidat reviews is that the platform is a significant investment—depending on the tier you and your team fit into, you can expect to pay at least 10 times more for Elucidat than Articulate.
Elucidat has a higher learning curve than Rise. Rise is designed so that virtually anyone can use it with little to no introduction to the software and still create a quality learning experience. When learning Elucidat, you’d want to have, at minimum, a basic understanding of how to structure web content—if you’re totally new to design, it could get messy pretty quickly. From a collaboration perspective, that means your SMEs and other contributors will have a much easier time making course updates in Rise than Elucidat.
User experience and design
The basic components in both Elucidat and Rise are fairly comparable, but the Elucidat authoring tool comes out ahead with their dynamic content like interactive polling.
When it comes to design, the attention to detail in Rise is unmatched. Rise is constantly fine-tuning its responsive eLearning, which means you never have to worry about how your course will look on different devices—you know it’ll always look good. When developing Elucidat eLearning, you’ll have to do some of that work yourself, and we found the performance of some components to be clunky at certain breakpoints (the tabbed interaction, for example).
One thing we look for in a tool is the ability to break from the norm and design a beautiful course with a customized look and feel. Both tools allowed us to create a unique final product, but Rise provides a better starting point. Rise does much of the foundational heavy lifting for you, which gives you more time to tinker around and push the bounds of your course in other ways. Basically, what you lose in some customization options, you gain in speed and great design that comes more effortlessly.
Support and community
While Elucidat has highly-rated customer service, Articulate has that and a thriving online forum community for users to discuss course creation or tackle bugs with Articulate developers. Articulate and Elucidat both excel in documentation, with free resources and FAQ pages so you can find the information you need quickly. Elucidat also has free tutorials on their site, which is especially helpful if you’re still learning Elucidat. But when you need to get a project out the door and don’t have time to wait for a response, you can’t beat the Articulate forums.
The big takeaway: Our final Elucidat reviews
Head-to-head, which tool would we opt for to create incredible eLearning for our partners—Elucidat or Articulate Rise? We think you could win with either one, but Articulate Rise is still our authoring tool of choice.
Even beyond the higher price point and strict third-party rules in place with Elucidat, we know exactly how to break the rules in our favor within Rise. We’re pros at repurposing components to create unique, fully responsive learning experiences that truly serve learners. Both are great tools, but Rise is ultimately the best fit for delivering on the promise of our learning principles.
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