Based on the examples given here I notice a couple of key differences related to design and style:
- Rise gives a sense of vertical progression, like a presentation with slides or a webpage, whereas Storyline gives a sense of horizontal progression, more like a book. These may appeal differently depending on learner characteristics such as culture and age.
- Rise has s limited number of fixed blocks that seem to create a fairly standard and familiar style regardless of content, while Storyline seems to offer greater flexibility and creative freedom, resulting in courses that differ significantly.
In terms of which kinds of content is better suited to each tool, I feel that Rise may well be better suited to imparting information, to providing self-access resources and to more self-regulated learning. This is due to to the high degree of learner-control, allowing students to skip content easily. On the other hand, Storyline seems to be better suited to more traditional input-based content, where regular checks on learning are required as the lesson progresses. This is because of the apparent greater degree of programme control, ensuring that learners do not skip content. Therefore, it can be argued that the correct tool should be chosen not only only based on the nature of the content, but also on the characteristics of the learners (e.g. stage of learning, level of autonomy, familiarity with content, etc.).