Guru Honorable Mention: Safety Stock by Accenture Academy

Written by Jeanette — Posted in Guru Awards

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.

This week we’re showing off another noteworthy Honorable Mention from the Articulate Guru Awards! Sean Bengry submitted the course called Understanding Safety Stock. It was built for a segment of Accenture Academy, where Sean is Manager of Learning Strategy and Design.

The academy is a learning and collaboration group within the Talent and Organization Performance arm of Accenture, a global provider of management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing.

Chris Knecht, an instructional designer on Sean’s team, led the development process for this course. Professor Brent Williams served as the course’s content author and subject matter expert. Check out the course the team created:

View Understanding Safety Stock

What stood out to the judges? The Guru judges loved the opening animation sequence on the first few slides. It sets the stage for the course by providing an easy-to-understand explanation of safety stock, augmented with professional-quality narration, a friendly visual design, and simple but meaningful sync’d animations. The same tone and design carries nicely throughout the course. Scenarios based on the fictional “Outdoors Outlet” company help learners understand important principles by focusing on a realistic example.

Judges also liked how hyperlinks on some of the slides allow learners to choose the order in which they experience the content. And, several interactive exercises built in Articulate Quizmaker give learners practical opportunities to put their new skills and knowledge to work. Judges especially liked how the course leverages scenario-based activities like the one on slide 29, which includes a video displayed on a Quizmaker blank slide, a hyperlink to a job aid spreadsheet, and customized feedback.

Sean’s tip for managing the publishing of large courses

One of Sean’s favorite workflow tips when creating large, content-rich courses like this one is to use what he calls the “shell method.” This allows the team to optimize their publishing process by publishing pieces of the course separately, then combine the output into one course at the end.

He explains in the following videos:

View this screencast at Screenr

View this screencast at Screenr

Thank you, Sean, for sharing — and congrats to you and your team for creating a Guru-quality course!

5 responses to “Guru Honorable Mention: Safety Stock by Accenture Academy”


This is such a great course for so many reasons. The well-timed animations and consistent visual theme kept me watching till the end. Well done.

Joseph Suarez // Posted at 10:45 am on July 8th, 2011

Very cool.. just a note on the “Shell” Method.. if you have embedded any thing in your slides you will need to edit the XML file to make sure it still works.

James Kingsley // Posted at 11:02 am on July 11th, 2011

Very impressed!
I love the ‘How to navigate..’ in the to the Gloassy and Attachments..
Where can I learn to do this? I searched the blog (Tom’s..) but could not find..Please help!
Many thanks

JB // Posted at 12:59 pm on July 14th, 2011

Hi JB, the “How to Navigate” tab at the top of the player is a Labeled Graphic interaction, created in Articulate Engage by using a screenshot of the course, and placing markers on the key areas. For a little more on how to insert an Engage interaction as a toolbar tab at the top of the player, and other ideas for toolbar tabs, check out this blog post.

jeanette // Posted at 8:16 am on July 17th, 2011

Merci Jeanette, I thought I had properly search…but I have to admit all my questions always find answers in this wonderful Blog! I love it! Thanks a lot

JB // Posted at 5:57 am on July 18th, 2011

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