Do You Have What it Takes to be an Articulate Guru?

Written by Tom Kuhlmann — Posted in Guru Awards

This guest blog entry was written by Articulate VP of Community Tom Kuhlmann.


Have you looked at the winning entries from last year’s Guru Awards and thought, “I can do that”?

Well, now’s the time to throw your hat in the ring because today we’re announcing the 2010 Articulate Guru Awards.

You can win cash, prizes, and accolades and admiration from all!

Here’s All You Need to Do

Create a course in Articulate Studio ’09. If you don’t own a copy of the software, no problem. Just download a free, fully-functional 30-day trial.

Use any of the Articulate Studio ’09 products. You can use a single Articulate product or a combination — but to really catch the judges’ eyes, consider integrating Presenter ’09, Quizmaker ’09, and Engage ’09 into one course. Here are some other things the judges will be looking for:

  • Broad, effective, and innovative use of the features in the Studio ’09 authoring tools
  • Use of compelling media, like graphics, audio, and video
  • A design that promotes knowledge transfer, with a focus on interactivity

Submit your files by August 11, 2010 to enter the contest.

That’s it!

Want Some Bonus Tips?

  • If you need a little inspiration, review the courses in our Community Showcase — you’ll find lots of great examples, including winning entries from last time.
  • What if you’ve got great Articulate authoring skills, but all your course examples are proprietary or confidential? Just create a new course on a topic you know! It doesn’t have to be long or exhaustive, and it can feature any content you like. Choose a subject that’s fun to you, such as gardening, running, technology, rock climbing, parenting… whatever! That’s what last year’s Silver Medal Guru did.
  • Check out all of the great Community Tutorials on getting more out of Studio ’09. They’re sure to inspire you.


What Can You Win?

We’ll award three prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $1,500
  • 2nd Prize: $500
  • 3rd Prize: $250

Plus, all prize winners will also receive:

  • One license of Articulate Studio ’09 Pro
  • One license of Articulate Studio ’09 Pro donated to the school or charity of their choice
  • Fame, prestige, and recognition by being featured on our website

We’ll announce the winners in September 2010. Stay tuned to this blog for more information, including more tips for preparing a winning entry!

You may enter as many courses as you like before August 11, 2010.

Next Steps

You can get started right now by reviewing the official rules. Then build your course, and submit your content.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see all the great courses the Articulate community comes up with!

28 responses to “Do You Have What it Takes to be an Articulate Guru?”


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OMG this is going to be cool! I’m going to do a training for new orc warriors on how to properly plunder a village! (and I’m not kidding lol)

James // Posted at 9:56 am on May 5th, 2010

James – I wouldn’t expect anything less:-) Looking forward to what you come up with!

David Anderson // Posted at 2:49 pm on May 5th, 2010

Ha! Thanks, David!

James // Posted at 3:53 pm on May 5th, 2010

Gabe – can a company submit multiple entries/courses?

Jen Vetter // Posted at 12:44 pm on May 7th, 2010

Sure Jen, enter as many entries as you like.

Adam Schwartz // Posted at 3:15 pm on May 12th, 2010

Yet another reason to get my tookey rolling on a course I’ve been procrastinating on…

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Whom do I confirm if my entry for the Guru awards was uploaded to the server or not? I didnt get any confirmation, so little worried 🙂

Ram // Posted at 10:33 pm on August 12th, 2010

Hi Ram- I can confirm that we received your entry. Thank you for taking the time to submit, and good luck!

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Hi all, is there an update to the official announcement date of the winners? Just wondering thanks!

Eric Bort // Posted at 5:02 pm on September 15th, 2010

Hi Eric – thanks for asking. We’re working on evaluating the entries as we speak. There were definitely a lot of really great submissions this year! We’re planning on finalizing the results by the end of the month.

jeanette // Posted at 5:48 pm on September 15th, 2010

That’s great news Jeanette. I know we’re all eagerly anticipating seeing the winners and other showcase courses. When the contest said winners would be announced in September, I’m sure we were all secretly hoping it would be Sept 1. 🙂

Heather Beaudoin // Posted at 3:36 pm on September 23rd, 2010

And we all know September is the longest month of the year, right? …what with leap month and all:-)

Seriously, it’s been an awesome learning experience to participate in the review process. We have a good-sized pool of folks who are reviewing, too, so the multiple perspectives everyone brings has been enlightening.

Trust me. At this point, Jeanette and I are just as eager to learn the results as you guys are:-)

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So tomorrow is the day ehh 🙂

Eric Bort // Posted at 8:58 pm on September 29th, 2010

Hi Eric – probably will be next week. We are still ironing out a few final details. Thanks for your patience – we know the suspense is building!

jeanette // Posted at 6:33 am on October 1st, 2010

I cant tell you how many times I have been asked about the results…glad to hear that there are so many entries. Looking forward to seeing the winning entries, I am sure we can learn a lot from them!

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