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A new scalable model for XR training: Combining 360° and 3D environments for agile simulations

ThingLink and 3D Talo announced a strategic partnership and a new model for building agile XR simulations for learning and development.  As a result of the pandemic, companies want to revamp their digital learning tools. Demand for experiential learning technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality applications is growing rapidly. There is a very practical explanation for this: if it is difficult or expensive for the trainee to learn on the spot, the company can provide the employee with virtual training that can be completed at their own pace. Preliminary studies show that virtual training works just as well or significantly better than on-site classroom training. Industrial companies are also moving to AR versions of user manuals, where instructional …

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ThingLink Certified Creator Course is LIVE!

Want to create immersive and awe-inspiring content for your audiences but not sure where to start? We have the perfect course for you – ThingLink Certified Creator.   Quotes for Certified Creator Course Base Images by Louise Jones Who is the course designed for? ThingLink Certified Course Creator has been designed for all content creators in digital learning and communication. This free course gives essential skills to educators, eLearning specialists, digital training professionals and anyone interested in creating engaging interactive experiences that stand out. We have designed it to be fully accessible, and each page contains a web view accessibility link. What does the course cover? All aspects of the ThingLink editor Working with images, videos, 360 media and 3D …

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ROM’s interactive and responsive virtual tours solve access issues

ROM (the Royal Ontario Museum) was founded in Toronto in 1914, and showcases art, culture and nature from around the world. One of the pre-eminent cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum houses a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, amongst 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. ROM is also the country’s preeminent field research institute. Julie Tomé is a Bilingual Teacher at the museum. Since December 2020 she and her museum education colleagues had been providing virtual schools lessons in a live webinar format. However she increasingly found that if the content was marketed as a “virtual museum tour”, teachers and pupils were disappointed with the delivered format. Feedback was …

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How to create interactive 3D models for ThingLink with your phone

How to Create Interactive 3D Models for ThingLink with your Phone

3D models are gaining popularity as the process of creating them has become more user-friendly. A few years ago you needed dedicated 3D modelling software, and a lot of time to create a 3D model. Today, everything is just so much easier with your phone, thanks to a technique called photogrammetry. All you have to do is scan the environment, or take photos, and an app will automatically create a 3D model for you.  With ThingLink’s 3D editor included in our Premium and Enterprise plans, you can take your 3D models to a whole new level by making them interactive. You can add text, pictures, audio, video, and links to your 3D models, and embed them to your website or …

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Accessibility: New Options in ThingLink

Accessibility: New Options in ThingLink

Web View Now Available!  From today, ThingLink has a new additional ‘Web View’ function available for enhanced usability. This offers your viewers more options for how they access any of the information or digital content contained in your ThingLink scenes.  ThingLink creators and viewers tell us they love having the Immersive Reader function built into Text and Media Tags. This will still be there, but we’re going further by enhancing your tool set with a new ‘Web View’ of your ThingLink scenes. It is compatible with screen readers and keyboard options.  We know that in presenting content on your websites you also wish to adhere to legislation such as WCAG 2.1. Our new feature available for embedded ThingLink scenes helps …

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HIghland Folk Museum wows the world with fresh new twist on virtual tours

Highland Folk Museum wows the world with fresh new twist on virtual tours

Their virtual exhibition puts historic artefacts in context for the first time The Highland Folk Museum in Scotland have created 5 virtual living museum sites in ThingLink, in what we believe is the first project of its kind. They placed authentic historical objects from their own  collection into the buildings which form part of their open air museum. They then created 360 virtual tours of each of the buildings in ThingLink, producing a totally unique and fascinating visitor experience that anyone, anywhere in the world can enjoy year-round creates their learning resources and has helped them increase accessibility in many different ways. Mainland Britain’s First Open Air Museum Museum pioneer Dr Isabel F. Grant founded the Highland Folk Museum in …

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Norelco electrician training diversified with ThingLink

Norelco electrician training diversified with ThingLink

Finnish manufacturer Norelco wanted to invest in the training of new electricians. Their solution was a ThingLink learning environment in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences XAMK and the vocational school Samiedu. The learning environment includes videos presenting the work steps, key instructions and links to additional information. Now, the learning environment is also used in face-to-face training and everyone benefits. The trainer can focus on supporting in problem situations, while the trainees can also rehearse the instructions independently. The virtual learning environment also benefits students in the field, who become familiar with the work steps and terminology used by companies whilst still studying. Norelco supports career advancement Norelco is a Finnish manufacturer of electricity distribution systems. Founded in …

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DIGIDEMO's modules help to teach transferrable skills to Finnish high school students

DIGIDEMO’s modules help to teach transferrable skills to Finnish high school students

How could transferrable skills, or “transversal competence” mentioned in the Finnish general upper secondary curriculum be taught in an inspiring way? For example, how to teach democracy and social competencies? A group of education professionals devised a digital learning environment, divided into different modules to be studied. The Finnish National Agency for Education provided funding for the idea and so the DIGIDEMO project started. In DIGIDEMO‘s ThingLink learning environment, students can test an imaginary upper secondary school welfare program, find out about a fictional municipal corruption case, try out the work of a Member of Parliament (MP) amongst many other things. The digital learning environment created by the DIGIDEMO project will be free to use in all Finnish high schools …

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Valuable Insights with New ThingLink Organization Statistics

Gain Valuable Insights with New ThingLink Organization Statistics

We know that understanding how to create engaging content for learning or marketing is critically important to you and your organization. For this reason ThingLink has always taken a data-driven approach to help you understand what resonates with your audience. So each ThingLink scene includes invaluable metrics. We are delighted to announce that we are going further with our approach to data – with new organization-wide statistics.  As an Administrator, you can now delve into your data and view collective statistics that provide you with valuable insights. You’ll now be able to instantly answer questions such as ‘which types of media are proving popular with viewers?’, and ‘how many scenes have been created in total?’. What kinds of data can …

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Hyria’s virtual recruitment forum proves more popular with visitors than the in-person event

Are you looking for a way for your students to find out about job opportunities, learn about education options and get feedback on their CVs during the pandemic? When they couldn’t hold their recruitment fairs on-site, Hyria’s virtual version allowed students to explore materials regardless of time and place. Their 2021 virtual event welcomed more visitors than had ever attended the on-site version and they expect visitor numbers to keep growing, over their 2022 event and beyond.  Hyria – aiming for employment Hyria is a Finnish educational and training organisation which provides vocational training, coaching and rehabilitation services for students of all ages. The choices range from sustainable development to management and from catering to logistics. Hyria aims not only to …

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