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New Technology Is Making Quantum Leaps In 21St-Century E-Learning.

The motion picture “Gravity” won seven Academy Awards and was nominated in three other categories in 2013. Watching the outer space epic, you would never guess that 95 percent of what you see on the screen is computer-generated. Only the faces and some body movements of stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are real life. Yes, it took the production staff four years to integrate live action with CGI (computer-generated images) and many terabytes of computer memory. But they did it, and the end result is nothing short of amazing.

How does that relate to e-learning? Simple: Creative tools in the hands of creative developers can do almost anything.

Inside this issue, you’ll find the results on the 2014 E-learning User Study that shows the great strides our industry is making in developing highly engaged, virtual and collaborative experiences. E-learning as an industry is seeing steady growth, with predictions that it will reach $220 billion by 2017, a 23 percent CAGR, according to Research and Markets. But how e-learning is created and over which platforms is the real shift.

Prime industry-specific examples of “Legendary E-learning” are offered in this issue’s cover story. Whether a beginner or advanced user, you will find helpful advice and video tutorials here. Going mobile is also critical to the workforce. To that end, a feature on mobilizing learning offers tips and techniques to use when publishing across multiple devices.

We close this edition with Learning! 100 Award-winner Carrington Mortgage Services.

Meet, network and share with this year’s Learning! 100 winners at the Enterprise Learning! Conference, being held, Aug. 25-27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Focused on “The Business of Learning,” the conference offers you the chance to meet thought leaders, executives and technologists in a professional, intimate business setting, so make plans to attend now.

With advanced computer systems and software playing a growing role in our lives and businesses — as attested by “Gravity” and the pace of technological advances— now is the perfect time for you to sharpen your skills and start taking advantage of them.

—Jerry Roche, editorial director

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