HELP! Creating courseware with Articulate isn't a creative! Urgent response needed..........

Hi,

I've been rejected for a grant today. It is intended to support start-ups in the creative industry in my small country, and includes the category Software and Apps.

Today my grant application has been rejected on the grounds that my idea, which is to convert conventional knowledge transfer materials into interactive courses using Articulate, isn't creative.

I intend to complain about this. I think it is because the area of knowledge the courses will support is technical in the first instance, though subsequent areas may not be similar. What do you think? Is creating courseware a creative process? They have obviously judged it as being technical, and I suspect have failed to research the idea properly.

Please comment. I would like to use the opinions of people skilled in this area as part of my complaint, and I need to act quickly in response to the rejection. Even if I don't get the grant, I would like to open eyes and question the judgement of the panel.

Thanks,

Kat

4 Replies
Bob S

Kat,

There is a saying here in the US.... "a picture is worth a thousand words".    It may be that they cannot visualize how different/improved your efforts will be over the existing training. So have you considered creating a simple visual or two that would show how your e-learning would look? 

Perhaps you could take one of the boring topics, and represent it visually with info graphics or something similar. Or perhaps show them your idea for the "theme" of the course that will allow users to interact with the material.

Remember, some people hear e-learning and think of text filled screens only.  No wonder they think it may not be creative. You can show them how much more it can be! :)

Nancy Woinoski

Of course it is creative on a number of levels - visually, as well as intellectually. Did you show them some interactive examples as part of your submission?  If you don't have anything you can use you might want to point them to some of the showcase examples or to the E-Learning Examples on this site.

Allen VanBrunt

Using Articulate products to convert existing course material can be a
creative process or it can be a simple process to convert the existing
content into a new delivery vehicle, i.e., Articulate.

I think your choice of words, "which is to convert conventional knowledge
transfer materials into interactive courses using Articulate" implies to me
that you are just going to convert old products into products delivered in
a new/updated delivery method. Articulate converts old content into new
version very easily. I think that this approach is not very creative.

However, if you update the course content to reflect current information
and develop a new way of presenting the course material then you will have
to be creative using whatever software program to produce a "new" version
of each course.

Allen VB