This week’s curated content includes links exploring the following:
- Lessons from one of the first open world games
- Design lessons from the new Spider-Man movie
- Exploring the differences between two leading VR headsets
- Understanding the differences between A.I., machine learning, and deep learning
- A case study on using a magazine format in elearning
How Myst Taught a Generation of Gamers to Explore New Worlds by Evan Nicole Brown
We take “open world” games and experiences for granted today. There was a time when creating open environments for players to explore was a new concept, and one of the first games to truly drive open world exploration mainstream was Myst. This article explores the historic game via an interview with its creators. It’s a great look behind the scenes of one of the most influential games of all time, with lots of lessons that help shape the experiences we build today.
Creating A Stylized Universe for Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ by Dan Sarto
The new Spider-Man animated movie is an amazing and beautiful film. If you haven’t seen it, the film brings a number of different versions of Spider-Man from different universes together. Each of these universes had a unique look and feel to their design, which created a challenge for the designers: How do we meld these different designs when these characters are in the same space. This article explores the challenge and how the creative team addressed it.
Oculus Rift vs Oculus Go: what’s the difference? by Mark Knapp
If you’re new to virtual reality, the different devices may be confusing. If you’re interested in exploring VR for training and education, you first must understand the differences between different types of devices and experiences. This post does a great job of that, and while it specifically explores two specific Oculus devices, it also provides important details about standalone VR versus PC-based VR, and the differences in the types of experiences provided by these two types of VR.
Know the Difference Between AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning by Zayan Guedim
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, & deep learning are hot topics in our industry. But what are they exactly and, more importantly, how are they related? This post does a great job of explaining what each of these terms mean.
Case Study: Using a Magazine Format for eLearning by Connie Malamed
I always enjoy exploring different formats for learning programs. This post explores an interesting format for an elearning project: a magazine. In addition to the example itself, I also appreciate the way the post is written, sharing the problem, why the magazine format worked, how it was implemented, and conclusions. It’s a great example of sharing your work.
Allocate your Remaining 2018 Budget Towards 2019 Learning
When I was working in the financial services field, the end of the calendar year was always a bit stressful. There were a number of reasons for this, but one of the biggest was the “Use it or lose it” paradigms that existed around our budgets year-over-year. If we didn’t use the funds that were budgeted, it would logically be assumed that we didn’t need it, and would therefore not be allocated the following year.
When this happened, one of the best ways I was able to allocate some of those funds was to book some of the next year’s professional development for my team. Whether it was a course, a conference, or something else, it was a great way to use the funds in a way that supported the individual, the department, and the organization.
If you find yourself looking to book 2019 professional development opportunities with your 2018 budget, here are a few options to consider from the eLearning Guild:
- Join us for the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo, taking place in Orlando in March. Registration for the conference is currently open, with our sessions, keynotes, and more already posted.
- Prepurchase your conference and workshop registration for Realities 360 or DevLearn 2019 by adding a Premium Content Package to your eLearning Guild Membership.
- Get a year’s worth of online learning events by adding a Plus Content Package to your membership, which includes six 1-day online Spotlights and four two-day online Summits and more.
Using 2018 budget for 2019 professional development is a great investment. Please feel free to reach out to the eLearning Guild with any questions you may have about how we can help.