d’Vinci Garners Top Honors from Creativity Awards for Interactive Learning

The Creativity International Awards recently honored d’Vinci for outstanding interactive educational work. The PBS LearningMedia Election Interactive Map captured “Best in Category for Website – Public Service or Non-Profit.” d’Vinci’s employee wellness course for the U.S. Courts, Secondary Trauma, received a bronze award for eLearning.

To engage educators and students in the presidential election process, PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour partnered on a comprehensive interactive educational website, featuring an interactive map created by d’Vinci.

The real-time interactive map gives teachers a non-partisan tool to help students grades K-12 understand and navigate the election process and learn more about the candidates. Teachers and students can use the map in and out of the classroom to track the location, progress and stances of the candidates throughout the campaign. In addition, the map shows highlights from the debates and the number of electoral votes garnered by the candidates in each primary election. Special “Did you Know?” facts geared toward grades K-5 and 6-12 are integrated into the map, which is updated as the election progresses. New stories are added weekly that are geared to the K-12 audience. d’Vinci will add an eLearning activity to the map in the fall.

d’Vinci created an eLearning course on Secondary Trauma for the Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO) and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC). The course is being used by approximately 6,000 clerks, and probation and pretrial officers and covers issues such as causes of secondary trauma, the physiology of secondary traumatic stress, and how to be resilient and cope with stress. After the training, employees understand that secondary trauma is a real disorder arising from repeated exposure to the traumatic experiences of others.

The engaging motion graphics, sound effects and narration in the training video play a key role in explaining the physiological changes that cause trauma symptoms. Animations show the physiological effects in a way that could not be done with static images. Officers learn about secondary trauma by comparing a traumatic experience with a reaction to meeting a bear in the woods.

Secondary Trauma is the fourth in a series of courses d’Vinci is creating for The Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO) and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC). The Creativity International Awards is one of the longest running, independent advertising and graphic design competitions in the world.