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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!