The Articulate challenge I chose for this week, Spelling Bees and Interactive Vocabulary Quizzes, is now ready to “release to the wild”. I hope you like this one!
As Forest Gump once said, “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I think approaching these Articulate challenges produces a similar quandary. When designing for this challenge, I originally thought I would build it around the topic of commonly misspelled words (by the way, it’s quandary not quandry) and weaving them into a story. Initially, the working title was, “Rosco and the Neon Green Sweater”. Unfortunately or fortunately, I changed my mind. The topic I settled on was corporate lingo. It’s also called corporate speak, business speak, corporate jargon or workplace jargon. Regardless of what you call it, it’s spoken in meetings, around the water cooler and by your co-workers or bosses so it’s something you should know if you want to “advance” in today’s corporate settings.
Here’s a brief overview of the design components as well as a demo of the final product:
I wanted the introduction to be something that was entertaining and provided a game-like feel. To achieve this goal, I needed to pick a character that screamed game show host! That’s where Chuck Roste (did you catch the play on words there?) comes in. Chuck is the ultimate hipster when it comes to corporate lingo. I even added a pair of sunglasses to the character to really up his”cool factor”. Chuck is what you call a Natural Hipster. He is up to date on the latest trends and fads in the corporate world and knows the lingo. Who better to host the game show, right?
To personalize the game, I created the interaction below. Here, you enter your name and select the type of hipster you think they are. If you’re not sure, click the sunglasses and learn about the four hipster types available for this challenge.
Once you enter the required information, it’s time to either review the rules or go directly to the challenge. One thing to note on the following screen, I’ve pulled the user name from the earlier screen via a text variable: the user’s hipster choice was captured by using a number variable from the same screen.
I suspect the type of hipster you are will dictate whether or not you read the rules. Don’t worry, they are simple. You will be given a corporate lingo word that you must translate correctly on the first try. There are four words; you must score 100% to pass.
For each question, you can have the word used in a sentence before selecting your answer. I encourage you to take advantage of this option. It also utilizes the name variable entered at the beginning of the demo to “make it feel like Chuck is talking directly to you”.
Once you select your answer, you will get immediate “feedback” after clicking the submit button. Be prepared, the crowd can be a little aggressive.
Once you complete all four questions, you will see how you did. Don’t forget to watch the credits slide!
Once again, thanks to Steve Hall for the music loop.
Click the image below to start the demo.