Engage Students and Activate Learning with Rise 360

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Brief Abstract

Learn to use Rise 360, cloud-based software, to engage students with active learning. Excellent for an accelerated pivot to an online environment. Interact with our responsive material on your own device, and learn to create and export engaging content for student use with a free trial of Rise 360.


Maria Scalzi Wherley is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. She has over a decade of teaching experience, serving a wide variety of learners a diverse range of subjects. She has also worked at the state level to design curriculum for public schools. Maria holds an M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University.
Jane Sutterlin is currently a Learning Designer in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, John A. Dutton eEducation Institute at Penn State University. She joined Penn State in 2012 and collaborates with content specialty faculty in designing and maintaining online, face to face and blended courses. Before she came to Penn State she worked with High School teachers in the State College Area High School as an Instructional Technology Specialist. In collaboration with the teachers, she helped to incorporate technology in meaningful ways into the curriculum. Jane graduated with a Masters in Learning, Design, and Technology and a BS in Elementary Education from Penn State.

Extended Abstract

Create visually attractive and engaging content pages and/or activities in a jiffy with Rise 360, cloud-based software that lets you build instructional materials without the need for web development expertise or servers.

Rise 360 is an excellent platform for content creation and delivery and for the integration of learning science elements to provide students with built-in formative assessment and engagement opportunities, both of which have been proven to boost learning. In addition, because Rise 360 is so easy to use, it is excellent for quickly and effectively building or adapting instructional materials for remote teaching use. In this session, you’ll interact with our responsive material on your own device and will learn how to create and export dynamic content for student use with a free trial of Rise 360.

Active engagement with course content requires student participation and has been proven to boost performance. But a lack of functionality within learning management systems (LMS) for creating engaging, responsive content that students can interact with directly can be frustrating. Adding interactive activities like retrieval practice without access to servers or a creative technical team can also be challenging. But Rise 360 changes all of that: attend this session to learn how we’re using Rise 360 to capture learners’ attention and involve them in active learning right inside our LMS. Specifically, participants will use their own devices to individually interact with our Materials Science Glass Studio Safety Training that lives in Canvas and provides a responsive, on-the-go experience.  

We’ll show you how easy it is to use Rise 360 to create and export your own content and to embed it into an LMS as a SCORM package or to access it via a web link. It is easy to build with predictable design, which has been shown to help focus student attention on content, allowing for more effortless learning. You’ll see that it is straightforward to add stackable, flexible blocks of content, media, and interactive activities. We’ll demonstrate that the responsive content you create can be accessed via computer or mobile device for learning or for later reference.

In this session, you’ll participate in a scavenger hunt activity in order to experience first-hand how our training content is presented and navigated and will partake in an exchange of ideas centered on the possibilities this software has to offer. We’ll demonstrate how to obtain a free trial of Rise 360, how to build interactive content, and how to export and embed that content in an LMS.