I am working on a new course format - an adaption of the topics format. It is designed to give a modern take on the standard course format.
A single topic is shown at a time. Topics are loaded asynchronously to improve perceived load time. Using the included YUI3 library topics are animated on and off the screen. There are options such as a background image for each topic and custom icons for activities.
Another feature is the topics outline. A list of the topics including completion status is shown in the first frame. The topic names can dragged to position on the page by a teacher. When combined with a background image this can be an effective launch page for the course.
The attachment shows two topics mid transition.