As 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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!
We are so excited to announce the newest batch of Articulate Guru Award winners. We host the Articulate Guru contest to inspire e-learning creators to push the boundaries of their creativity and the power of Articulate software. Community members create beautiful, innovative, and fun e-learning examples to show off their skills and earn some sweet recognition. And this year’s examples totally knocked our socks off.
Winning submissions range from a how-to-be-a-ninja primer to a slider interaction that illustrates how space missions work. These awesome projects really show how captivating, effective, and fun e-learning can be. Here are the winners:
Enter the Ninja, by Phil Mayor
Audiometry Refresher Training, by Richard Edward
Robot Wars, by Nancy Woinoski
Galactic Games, by Jerson Campos
Ebola Fatality Rates, by David Tait
Everyday Employee Relations, by Jack Quantrill
The Case of the Fraudulent Pharmacist, by The Training Room
For a detailed description of each winner, click on over to the E-Learning Heroes announcement. We’re also super excited to share that we’ll have a new series of guest blog posts authored by the winners, sharing their processes for creating award-winning e-learning. Stay tuned to E-Learning Heroes for more.
You like us, you really like us! Articulate Storyline 2 was recently voted number one in the Software – Learning/Workforce Development category of the 2015 People’s Choice Stevie Awards.
The People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are a feature of The American Business Awards in which the general public can vote for their favorite new products and services. This year, more than 3,300 nominations were submitted for consideration across a wide range of categories.
We’re thrilled that Storyline 2 was honored with a win!
Storyline 2 makes it even easier to build compelling interactive courses. It includes more of what’s special about award-winning Storyline 1: simple, powerful features that make it possible to create any interactive course imaginable, faster than ever. With Storyline 2, course authors can more easily control how courses look and behave, have new ways to bring content to life, and can work faster with productivity enhancements. And Storyline 2 is backed by E-Learning Heroes, the largest community of e-learning pros in the world with 230,000 members and counting.
We’d like to thank our amazing community members for all your continued support, and we are thrilled to accept the People’s Choice Stevie Award this coming September!
Just how many people did it take to create 107 mobile-ready e-learning interventions in less than three months? “Five,” says Richard Gregory, head of learning and development at Rentokil Initial.
And that wasn’t a particularly unusual quarter for Rentokil Initial, a global company with a diverse product portfolio and operations in 62 countries. Keeping 30,000 employees around the world up to date on everything from compliance and safety procedures to new product information requires a high volume of effective training.
In fact, the company’s online university logs about 50,000 learning sessions a month. That’s about one-and-a-half sessions per employee every 30 days.
“Until three years ago, we trained employees in classrooms at a massive expense,” Richard notes. “Now, we can deliver the online and mobile courses to the right people at the point of need anywhere around the globe on a huge scale. And we do it with just one project manager and four developers. We’re now able to deliver five times the amount of content since starting to transition to all-digital training.”
Powering the company’s impressive course creation machine: Articulate Storyline. “I didn’t have an e-learning background before using Storyline,” notes Macaulay Trenchard, a learning and development team member. “I picked it up really easily.”
Now, every day, Richard’s team creates interactive modules that combine videos, games, and other interactive activities. Thanks to Storyline’s translation features, the team has easily translated the courses into the relevant languages. And with 32 different languages spoken across the business, being able to translate content effectively is critical.
The icing on the cake? Richard’s team has recently been tapped to create a digital training program for Rentokil’s customers. The program allows customers to upskill their employees with specific training modules around pest control, health, and safety, and that means time and money saved on preventable infestations, contaminations, and infections.
“Not only has Storyline helped us cut massive training costs,” noted Richard, “It’s also helping us retain customers and generate revenue streams.”