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Making the Invisible Visible

How ellicom and Hydro-Québec Created a Safe Virtual Reality Training Program about the Danger of Induction in Power Lines

Electromagnetic induction poses a critical health danger to workers that need to work close to power lines. It is invisible, has no odour and no colour. For workers, it is an especially complex phenomenon to understand since it occurs on power lines that do not have any electricity running through them. But the danger is real. In fact, unsuspecting workers performing repair work on an off-voltage line could suffer serious injuries or even die because of the electricity that has accumulated in the power line.

To ensure the safety of its workers, Hydro-Québec was using fragile physical models to demonstrate electromagnetic induction-related phenomena, helping workers learn about the many risks of electrocution. Although the models were appreciated by the learners, since they helped make theoretical aspects much more concrete, there were many drawbacks in using these models. First, they were of considerable size and heavy, the assembly and disassembly were time-consuming, repair was difficult and costly, and most of all, these models carried electrical charges in their wires, and accidents occurred during the training, making handling of the model by learners and trainers dangerous and risky. (more…)

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Ellicom Appoints Nishan Joomun as General Manager

Ms. Soula Chronopoulos, President of ellicom, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nishan Joomun as General Manager, effective since March 18, 2019.

Nishan is a graduate of Cambridge University, with extensive experience in multimedia design, project management, development and IT. He has been a key driver of growth for eConcordia/KnowledgeOne for over 12 years, most recently as Vice President of IT and Development. (more…)

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How Giving Back Can Be Fun, Easy and Rewarding in Every Way!

Asking people to donate to charity is never easy. Even when it’s for a good cause! Individuals and businesses are already swamped with requests to donate to charitable organizations. Well, there are a couple different ways to raise funds. You can either solicit and plead for generosity from others or you make it fun and exciting to donate.

At ellicom, we wanted to give back to our community in a way where people could feel comfortable contributing to a good cause, while making it exciting and fun to participate. What better way to raise money than by drawing prizes! And what better event to host a draw than ellicom’s Learning Event of the Year, the ReBoot Learning Lab! Donating is much more interesting when there are prizes to be won! And this definitely added to the excitement of the event. (more…)

ellicom and OVA Join Forces to Take Immersive Learning to the Next Level

MONTREAL – November 28, 2018 – ellicom and OVA today announced a strategic partnership taking immersive learning to the next level. These two North American powerhouses have teamed up to design and build world-class training solutions using virtual reality and augmented reality for businesses around the globe. Having worked with various Fortune 500 companies, ellicom is Canada’s leader in instructional design and training strategy, while OVA, an immersive and spatial computing start-up with funding from virtual and augmented reality tech giants, is democratizing virtual and augmented reality with its creative StellarX platform. Together, these industry leaders are transforming businesses and reshaping cultures and entire industry workflows altogether.

“We’re thrilled to partner with ellicom to integrate our virtual and augmented reality expertise to immersive learning contexts. Together, I strongly believe that we can help businesses tackle this emerging paradigm shift.”  — Harold Dumur, CEO at OVA

“We believe partnering with OVA will definitely take immersive learning to the next level. Already we’ve witnessed an increase in information retention and employee engagement. Combining our instructional design expertise with OVA’s immersive technologies will truly be a game-changer.”  — Soula Chronopoulos, President at ellicom

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ReBoot 2018 – To Be Fearless and Inspire Bold Learning Approaches

On November 8, 2018, ellicom hosted the Canadian learning event of the year—the ReBoot Learning Lab. This isn’t the first time we’ve been involved in hosting a conference. In fact, it was the sixth edition of our annual conference. In previous years, ellicom hosted the Bootcamp on Training Strategies in collaboration with partners, but this year it was time for a reset. This time, we aspired to put on an event that was an extension of our values. Out of this idea, ReBoot was born.

Our goal? To be fearless.

Our strategy? To show that cutting edge approaches to learning are not only desirable, but are, in fact, possible. (more…)

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Quality Assurance in the Context of Virtual Reality – The challenges

By Christina Jurges, Ph.D., in collaboration with Sophie Callies, Ph.D.

With new media and technologies come new challenges. Knowing and addressing these is key when it comes to successfully handling VR projects.

 

Preventing simulator sickness

Simulator sickness is “a combination of symptoms clustered around eyestrain, disorientation, and nausea” (https://developer.oculus.com). Simulator sickness can be avoided by using VR development best practices. Although “VR as a popular medium is still too young to have established conventions that address every aspect of the experience,” respecting specific elements during the development phase can help create a pleasant learning experience for the user. Some elements include a teleport button, respecting the ideal amount of light, images or text blocks. Oculus has come up with quite a comprehensive list of best practices that can be consulted here:

https://developer.oculus.com/design/latest/concepts/bp_intro/. (more…)

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Quality Assurance in the Context of Virtual Reality – Towards an immersive reality

By Christina Jurges, Ph.D., in collaboration with Sophie Callies, Ph.D.

 

Like many of today’s markets, the e-learning industry is slowly implementing the use of virtual reality. When it comes to quality assurance, however, we need to ask ourselves: how does this new platform change the way we work? What are the challenges to guaranteeing the best user experience? Let’s take a closer look and learn how we can prepare for the dawn of this immersive reality.

Whether it’s measuring and analyzing a learner’s behaviour, engaging with a virtual professor, or implementing innovative and interactive learning elements, the VR world is our oyster and offers almost endless possibilities for shaping the e-learning market and its products. (more…)