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A Better Way to Design & Build Immersive E-Learning July 23, 2009

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners, Intructional Design.
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Thanks again to Robert Penn, CEO of Suddenly Smart, for a wonderful presentation today on building immersive e-learning.

Click the following links to learn more about rapid prototyping:

Joe’s Guide to Free eLearning Tools: Pixton – Interactive Comic Creator July 21, 2009

Posted by jmullock in e-Learning Tools.
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Item: Pixton – Interactive Web Comic Creator

Category: Graphic Tools & Resources

I never had more than a passing interest in comic books when I was growing up, but several years ago I picked up a book called “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art,” by Scott McCloud.  Fans of the genre will recognize the name, but at the time it was random reading material to me.  As I discovered, the book is an excellent explanation of the form, function, and history of comic art – done entirely in the graphic format it so aptly describes.  It really made me appreciate the art and efficiency of the medium.

What does this have to do with eLearning?  Well, many of the challenges are the same:

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Joe’s Guide to Free eLearning Tools: GIMP (Graphic Tools & Resources) July 7, 2009

Posted by jmullock in e-Learning Tools.
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Item: GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Category: Graphic Tools & Resources

GIMP is an open-source, freeware image manipulation program developed on the GNU/Linux Operating System.  That is to say, GIMP is a free, Photoshop-type program that works on multiple computer platforms.  It wouldn’t even be fair to call it “Photoshop-lite” as it is much more than that.

To put it in context, I recently attended a “Photoshop for Beginners” workshop.  While it was only a two-hour session geared towards the basics, the fact is that I actually used GIMP in the class.  There were a few minor instances where I had to hunt for a tool in the program, but otherwise I was able to complete the same exercises as easily as the folks using Photoshop.

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