Give This Government Ethics Training Course a Makeover #281

Ethics Training Makeovers #281: Challenge | Recap

As e-learning developers, you’ve likely had to create one or more compliance courses. Compliance courses cover topics such as workplace violence, ethics training, bribery prevention, and data security. Companies require this type of training for employees to ensure they know how to do their jobs correctly and avoid breaking state and federal laws.

Almost everything you’ve heard about compliance training is true: bulleted lists, locked navigation, obvious quiz questions, and old-school clip art. But that doesn’t mean compliance training has to be that way. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Ethics Training Makeovers

When I first got started in e-learning, I would look for training content from .gov and .edu websites to use to practice building courses. Having real-world content freed me up to focus on practicing my visual, technical, and interactive skills. 

For this week’s challenge, we’ll use this ethics training course as our starting point.

Ethics Training for Special Government Employees

View the ethics course on HHS

Challenge of the Week

This week your challenge is to build an e-learning game, presentation, or interaction using the ethics training course and content from HHS. You don’t have to rebuild the entire course. Just include enough slides to show us where you’re going with your makeover.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
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  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Social Media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you comply with this week’s challenge, check out the creative ideas for showing awards and achievements your fellow challengers shared over the past week:

Badges and Awards in E-Learning Courses #280

Badges and Awards in E-Learning Courses #280: Challenge | Recap

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The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

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Ricardo Leite
Ricardo Leite
Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill
Preethi Ravisankar
Jodi Sansone

HHS Facelift Demo Demo: https://go.aws/2LiEuEG When I get a project to face-lift an existing course I usually start with an elements board (e.g., colors, logo requirements, fonts, icons treatment) and then I do a quick demo to see how far the client wants to go with the facelift. I've never done work for the government but I am guessing they would prefer a more conservative approach. So I tried to create a nice, clean look and showed some different ways to serve up their existing content. I usually share something like this and ask for "love it" and "hate it" feedback before spending a ton of time on it. I used Pantone Color of the Year 2020 again and some content treatments from the Articulate 360 library. I added one element--the HHS logo--which I had never seen before. It's ... Expand

Nick Russell
Janie Liz Sampaga
Jonathan Hill
Janie Liz Sampaga
Jodi Sansone

Hi Janie, I think you picked up on their branding well--that blue and orange/gold is kind of hard to work with. I had to weigh in on your question about style guides too. My first career was in Brand Management and I spent 20+ years working on some of the biggest consumer brands in the world. The style guide was important when you had people all over the world creating communications for the same product or service. Personally I like to have some guidance on colors, logos, icon treatment, photo styles and expectations upfront. It makes my life easier and helps me focus on the learning objectives and content. A good style guide ensures consistency, but it shouldn't make you feel like a prisoner. Sometimes clients use style conventions that are designed for one medium and mindl... Expand

Janie Liz Sampaga
Jodi Sansone

Janie, I always give it a go and try to provide a rationale for what I am showing a client. That's why I like to do a creative brief up front and a quick thumbs up/thumbs down demo early in the process to see what they like/hate. Usually I try to give them a couple creative choices to test possibilities, and I try to demonstrate best practices. It's good to have one "owner" who can make decisions, but sometimes you have a lot of stakeholders and opinions. Occasionally you just have to fold. In the end it is their product and they have to love it. I folded today on something. Same client--my stock art on people is perfect now (no hipsters, no messy ponytails, I have exhausted the stock art world of every picture of people looking happy and productive at home), but my story didn't have... Expand

Carrie Gauthier

In the past I've had to work very strictly within brand guidelines. I used to work for a nonprofit funded by State Government to train state workers, there was nothing "fun" about that content but it did teach me a lot about consistency and detail, and I agree with Jonathan's sentiment about it forcing you to think outside the box in other ways. Following that I moved into a privately owned company with classic red, white, and blue has their brand colors, something they were very proud of and attached to. I had to fight to break that wall down since always using red and a highlight color was not very effective. Fortunately, my manager was amazing and fully supported me through that fight. In my current role I'm able, even encouraged, to be as creative as I like as long as I use the ... Expand

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Janie Liz Sampaga
Nick Russell
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Paul Rodger
Elizabeth Self

Hi all, I was so interested to see everyone's takes on this challenge! Since all the content was ready-made, I decided this was a good challenge for me to try for my very first ever Storyline 360 project. I am brand new to instructional design, but recently completed a course through Linked In Learning on Storyline. I thought I would try jumping into it headfirst before I forgot everything. So without further ado, my very first attempt at at an e-learning training! https://360.articulate.com/review/content/be733090-a757-44de-9697-aa832efb5654/review I know it's very amateur, but as a complete beginner, would definitely appreciate any and all feedback. My thought on the project was to make the training more interactive, colorful, and engaging, and test out the trigger func... Expand

Paul Rodger
Janie Liz Sampaga
Stephanie Roberts
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David Anderson
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