Teen Wreck – My Guru Award Entry

recoveryI was excited when the 2015 Articulate Guru Awards were announced.  Back in 2011, I entered a previous Guru competition and received Honourable Mention for my course, Skid Skills.  After that I racked my brain trying to come with a good subject that I could use for the next competition.  I found an article about teens drinking at parties and how most had no idea of what to do when someone drinks too much.  At that time, my oldest son, Brandon was starting to attend parties and as I mom, I worried about him making bad choices due of his inexperience.  Unfortunately for me, the next Guru Awards were only open to those who Beta tested Storyline 1, so I filed my idea and the article away.

Fast forward to 2015, it took me a few hours of digging through files to find the article again and stripto start thinking about what I would do.  Ever since I first saw Cathy Moore’s Connect with the Haji Kamel elearning course I have loved the idea of making a comic book course.  I thought that my Guru entry would be the perfect opportunity to engage teens with a  graphic novel style of course.  I asked my son, Brandon, if he could get some friends together to help me make this course.  I think that he thought my request was crazy, but he did ask them.  The problem was they all had part-time jobs and it was difficult to get them together at the same time.  I offered to take time off work, if he could make it happen.   He told me on Thursday, that he could have about five of them come over the next day.  Yikes!  I didn’t even have a script written at that point, only a couple of pages of point form notes.  I confirmed that necessity is the mother of invention because I was able to pull together a script in only about an hour.
wineWhen most of his friends had arrived I asked them if Brandon had explained to them what we were doing.  Most of them had no idea.  I told them the course concept and informed them that they would be pretending to be at a party and that one of them would have to play a drunk.  They passed a mortified look to each other and then elected Jordan, who had not yet arrived, to play that part.  Jordan was surprisingly unruffled when I told him that he would be playing the drunk.  He seemed to enjoy getting into character and made most of the shots in one take.  Brandon did the photography and video clips for the course,  and when needed, he jumped in and took on an acting role himself.  His other friends stepped up and took on whatever I threw at them.  I couldn’t have asked for a more cooperative team.
This past month has been a crazy ride.  I’ve been putting in a lot of overtime on a project for work with tight timelines, I attended and presented at the Toronto Articulate Roadshow and I worked on my Guru entry every chance that I got.  I’ve neglected this blog, haven’t entered any weekly elearning challenges for about five weeks now.  My house is a disaster, my kids don’t know what a home cooked meal tastes like and I forgot where my gym is located, but it was worth it.  There is immense satisfaction in successfully building something for yourself from a small kernel of an idea into a fully realized course.  I think  my entry, Teen Wreck turned out well, see it for yourself.

I want to feature a few tutorials here based on interactions or the layout of this course.  If you would like me to explain how I did something, enter a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see.  I’m on to my next elearning adventure!

17 Comments

  1. Phil Mayor said:

    Hi Linda it looks great, well done, good luck.

    July 1, 2015
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    • Thanks Phil, Did you enter? If so, I’d love to see what you did.

      July 1, 2015
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  2. Jeff Kortenbosch said:

    Total Guruness! Very cool stuff. You’ve really put something amazing together. I long for that day that I have a project that allows me to use this format.

    July 2, 2015
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    • Thanks Jeff, I’ve been thinking about this project for a long time.

      July 2, 2015
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  3. Zsolt Olah said:

    Linda, that was great! This is a full-blown course. I love the combination of comics and clips… But I disagree with the bacon! Bacon and eggs is good for hangover!! 🙂

    July 2, 2015
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    • Thank you Zsolt. People who regularly drink coffee may disagree with me too. If your stomach can handle it, more power to you!

      July 2, 2015
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  4. Daniela Slater? said:

    Absolutely phenomenal ! Amazing, Linda !!! Just loved it. How did you make them look like comic characters? What did you use to create that look

    July 16, 2015
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    • Thanks Daniela. I used filters in Photoshop, but there are also a few free online apps that will turn a photo into a cartoon, as well as some moderately priced programs. I’m writing a guest blog about making comics in eLearning for Articulate shortly. There will be more details there, or if you need to know right away, contact me and I’ll help you out.

      July 16, 2015
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  5. Cecilia Bernal said:

    Terrific work Linda! Special mention to your son and his friends, they performed very well! Good luck in the Guru Award contest.

    July 23, 2015
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      • Cecilia Bernal said:

        Not this time… I’m still learning

        July 24, 2015
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  6. Nick Russell said:

    What a terrific piece Linda! It combines really impressive learning content with a fantastic array of design skills, interactive experience and sheer ID virtuosity. Surely David has to showcase this. Loved your blog too.

    September 9, 2015
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    • Thanks so much Nick! I’m supposed to be doing a guest blog with Articulate on the comic strip effect. It should include a link to this, I just need a few more hours in a day to complete it 🙂

      September 9, 2015
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  7. Johne642 said:

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thanks

    December 1, 2015
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    • Thank you John. Sorry, but I don’t have any suggestions on how to get listed on Yahoo News; I wasn’t even aware that I was on there. Do you have the link?

      December 1, 2015
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    December 1, 2015
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    • I’m glad that you like what I’m doing here, thanks for the follow.

      December 1, 2015
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