This post by Articulate Community Manager Jeanette Brooks features one of the Honorable Mentions from the 2010 Articulate Guru Awards. To see other award-winning courses from the Guru Awards, check out the posts here.
Can you build a rapid e-learning course that tackles a sensitive subject, models critical skills through relevant and impactful video examples, and takes less than four minutes for learners to complete?
Monarch Media can! Check out the Core Messages course below. It was submitted by Claire Schneeberger, Monarch Media’s founder and CEO. The course, which won an Honorable Mention in the Articulate Guru Awards, is designed for high school health teachers who are preparing to teach students how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
What did the judges like about this course? The judges loved the visual appeal of a simple and inviting whiteboard metaphor, combined with organic-looking hand-drawn graphics and a handwriting font. On many slides, PowerPoint hyperlinks allow learners to navigate freely by clicking on icons in the upper-right of the whiteboard.
Judges also appreciated the tasteful simplicity of the slides — none are text-heavy, and wherever animations appear, they’re timed perfectly with the narration and they help to support the content.
Another notable element is the visual consistency. Both the Quizmaker quiz and the PDF attachment match the course’s clean, eye-pleasing visual design. Judges also liked the creative use of a multiple-response question in the quiz to simulate several questions on one quiz slide.
Want to learn a little more about Monarch’s approach in building the course? Here’s a screencast from CTO Nandu Madimchetty:
Kudos to Claire and the rest of the folks at Monarch Media for winning an Honorable Mention in the Articulate Guru Awards!
More inspiring Honorable Mentions are yet to come, so stay tuned!