Announcing the First Articulate for Good Grant Awards

Dec222015
Written by Kelly Meeker — Posted in Community

Articulate For Good

It’s a big day! We are so excited to announce the first-ever Articulate for Good grant award winners. We’ll be helping these nonprofits to tackle their important projects with grants of cash, Articulate software, and training (thanks to our partners at Yukon Learning).

Since we announced this new program in September, we’ve received more than 30 applications from nonprofits working on job training, health, environmental, and educational programs all over the world. We loved learning about all of these amazing organizations and the compelling ways they’re incorporating e-learning in their programs.

A team from Articulate carefully evaluated all applications and chose these stand-out winners:

  • BUILD helps prepare young people from under-resourced communities for high school, college, and career success. BUILD helps kids develop and run their own small businesses to supplement traditional school curricula with real-world business experience. BUILD will use Articulate software to create and deliver training for BUILD classroom teachers. This training will help spread BUILD’s programs throughout the U.S. to reach more kids.
  • Corporate America Supports You (CASY) helps connect National Guard, reserve, transitioning military members, and veterans with job skills training. CASY offers tons of programs for veterans, including resume, interview prep, networking, and direct hire opportunities for job-ready applicants. CASY has traditionally provided its training through live webinars, but with support from Articulate for Good, CASY will begin converting its content to self-paced, online training.
  • The Global Lives Project highlights the common elements of the human experience by capturing 24 continuous hours of video in the lives of ordinary individuals. Global Lives will use Articulate software to create educational programs to encourage discussion about different cultures, languages, and religions all over the world.
  • OneSky organizes training programs in China to help caregivers and orphanage administrators care for young children during their critical early stages of development. With help from an Articulate for Good grant, OneSky will create online training programs to help caregivers learn to care for little ones in nurturing, loving ways.
  • Project WET Foundation creates and delivers water education programming all over the world to help communities boost their health, conserve water, and protect their local environments. Project WET Foundation has already created five online training sessions focused on hand-washing, soap basics, disease prevention, water conservation, and watershed education. With support from this grant, Project WET Foundation will create new courses to train trainers who provide sanitation and hygiene education to adults teaching in local Sri Lankan and Haitian schools.  
  • Upwardly Global offers job training and services for skilled immigrants and refugees, helping integrate these folks into the U.S. workforce. With support from Articulate for Good, Upwardly Global will create an employment readiness and job search curriculum that will help learners improve their resumes, interview skills, and much more.
  • YearUp is a year-long training program that helps urban young adults gain job skills and experience. It also helps connect these youth to hiring companies. Using Articulate software, YearUp will train staff on how to more effectively help young people prepare for and find meaningful employment.

We’re thrilled to see what these grant recipients do with support from Articulate for Good! Of course we’ll keep you posted on their results.

Thanks so much for helping us spread the word about this program, and thanks to all the applicants for sharing your inspiring projects with us.

We plan to offer Articulate for Good grants regularly, so please add your email address here to stay in the loop about news and funding opportunities.

E-Learning Creators and Industry Gurus Agree: Articulate Storyline 2 is the Best

Dec72015
Written by Kelly Meeker — Posted in Storyline 2

              

It’s official: Articulate Storyline 2 is a winner! With two major awards this week, Storyline 2 cements its place as the industry-leading e-learning development tool.

The industry gurus at the Brandon Hall Group recognized Storyline 2 with a Gold Medal in the Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology category. And that’s not all! E-learning creators gave Storyline 2 their vote for the Best of Elearning! Award for Best E-Learning Development Tool. It makes our day to hear that both industry analysts and users agree that Storyline 2 is the best tool for creating online and mobile learning.

Articulate Storyline 2 is the industry leader because it makes it so easy for anyone to create any interactive e-learning you can imagine. It’s simple enough for beginners and powerful enough for experts. You can build beautiful online and mobile courses with engaging interactions, insightful assessments, and immersive software simulations—quickly and easily.

And Storyline 2 just keeps racking up awards! You can check out some of our other wins here.

Interested in learning more about Storyline 2? Read all about it here. (If you want to check it out, help yourself to a free, 30-day trial.)

Boosting Girls’ Participation in Tech through “Girl Develop It”

Nov122015
Written by Julie Cameron — Posted in Company

One of the great things about being a software engineer is the kind of opportunities my skills afford me. I get to work on exciting projects like creating Articulate’s community platform—projects that help people and make a big impact. I want more women to have access to these types of opportunities. That’s why I’m a passionate advocate and volunteer for Girl Develop It, a fantastic organization that connects women with educational programs in software engineering and computer science.

Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It, or GDI, helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives. And that’s why I’m so excited to announce that Articulate is a Community Partner to GDI for the second year in a row. Articulate’s sponsorship will support both the national organization and my local Ann Arbor chapter, where I’m a proud volunteer and organizer. In combination with Articulate’s sponsorship of Rails Girls Summer of Code, these investments reflect our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive tech culture.

I love seeing the impact of GDI’s work in my community. We’ve offered tons of workshops, scholarships, career events, and user group meetings. And we’ve got lots of amazing stuff planned for 2016, such as more in-depth panel discussions, fresh workshop topics, and some great networking opportunities.

With Articulate’s commitment, GDI can do even more in my community and nationwide. To keep up with GDI’s awesome work, follow our Ann Arbor chapter and the national organization on Twitter.

Investing in Tech Opportunities for Everyone through Rails Girls Summer of Code

Sep152015
Written by Rachel Donovan — Posted in Company

Rails Girls Summer of Code LogoAs a leader on the software engineering team here at Articulate, I’m inspired every day by our mission to build awesome software that helps our users change the way the world learns. I love the work I do, but I also know it can be hard to break into the technology sector. That’s why I’m passionate about helping others get their foot in the door. And, I’m lucky to work for a company that shares my passion.

We want to get more people involved in the tech sector, so we’re focused on getting people directly engaged in building software. One of the ways we’re doing that is through investing directly in education and mentorship opportunities. And so, for the second year in a row, we’re excited to be a sponsor of Rails Girls Summer of Code.

Rails Girls Summer of Code is a fabulous program that helps women gain hands-on experience by spending a summer building open source code. They’re paired with coaches, a supervisor, and a mentor who can provide technical direction, career advice, and support as they build their skills. And they get a three-month scholarship to help make sure this opportunity is available to everyone.

We love how Rails Girls Summer of Code helps women kick-start their careers in software engineering, and we’re so proud to be supporting this awesome program.

You can learn more about Rails Girls Summer of Code and all the cool projects on their blog.

Introducing Articulate for Good

Sep92015
Written by Kelly Meeker — Posted in Company

Articulate For Good

Articulate creates simple, powerful software that changes the way the world learns—and we want to spread Articulate love as far and wide as possible. That’s why we’re excited to announce Articulate for Good, our new giving project.

Articulate for Good helps nonprofit organizations create and deliver online training with grants that include Articulate software, cash, and training. Your organization can apply for grants to support either existing or new training efforts. We’ll support training that’s targeted at your internal employees or that’s part of the programs and services you offer to the people you serve.

We’re excited to expand our support for nonprofit organizations doing amazing work all over the country and can’t wait to see what you create with our support!

What’s Included in an Articulate for Good Grant

Articulate for Good grants can include Articulate software, cash grants, and training provided by our amazing partner, Yukon Learning. Specifically, grantees may receive:

Who’s Eligible

Your nonprofit is welcome to apply for an Articulate for Good grant if it has current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For now, we’re limiting this program to U.S.-based organizations, but we hope to expand it internationally soon!

You’re invited to apply for an Articulate for Good grant for any of these purposes:

  • Staff Training: Expanding existing online training programs or creating a new online training program for your employees
  • External Training Programs: Expanding existing online training or creating a new online training program for your constituents

Your organization must match each grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This can be an in-kind contribution of staff time.

We’ll also need applicants to comply with our reporting requirements, including providing accounting information, progress reports, and images that we can use in case studies and other communications.

How You Apply

If your organization is eligible, we’d love for you to apply for an Articulate for Good grant. Just write us a note (Google Doc or Dropbox link to a doc) addressing the following points and send it to 4good@articulate.com by November 30, 2015.

  • Describe your organization’s mission and program activities.
  • Provide contact information for your organization and the person you’d like us to contact about your application. Please also include your IRS tax ID number.
  • Tell us about the training you’ll create with support from your Articulate for Good grant. Who’s the audience for the online training you’ll create? What’s the purpose of the training? How will you measure its success?
  • Please describe your Articulate for Good Grant request, specifying if you’re requesting Articulate software licenses, cash, an Articulate Online account, and/or training.
  • Please provide a project budget and show how you’ll provide your one-to-one match.
  • Tell us your plan for successfully creating and implementing online training if you receive an Articulate for Good grant. Do you have staff familiar with using online authoring tools and learning management systems?
  • How long will it take to realize the expected benefits of the grant? Please provide a timeline that shows when and how you expect the grant to have an impact.
  • Tell us how this grant will support your organization’s goals and mission.

If you have any questions, just send us a note at 4good@articulate.com. And if you’d like to stay in the loop about any Articulate for Good news, please add your email address here. We’d love it if you helped spread the word about Articulate for Good by sharing this article with other nonprofits you’re passionate about. Good luck!

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