Beautiful illustrations

Today I have been working on Activities and Puzzles to Improve Thinking Skills, which is the free mini-pack for June.  It’s a long time since I last worked on this pack, and I had quite forgotten how good it was.

It’s tempting to think that a freebie will have been produced on the cheap, but actually the team lavished love on this particular project. The ideas in it are fantastic, but what really stood out when I revisited it was the quality of the artwork. I’m not in the habit of writing knocking copy, but today I shall break my own rule. Take a look at these two illustrations, and compare them with what you find in photocopy masters from any other company. They’re just gorgeous. Click on either illustration to see a larger version.

This particular pack was illustrated by Liam Powell, and I am delighted to see that he still has several Chalkface examples featured on his website. If you have an educational project that needs real quality illustration, I just can’t recommend Liam highly enough.

Is Yacapaca the largest e-learning system in the world?

I think it is. The Open University’s Moodle is often cited as “one of the largest”, but the OU has 250,000 students, as against our over-2,000,000 registered members.

The US military has a system that “serves 1.2 million people” which is impressive, but still smaller than Yacapaca.

The only candidate I can find for a larger system is Indira Gandhi National Open University with 3.5 million students but I cannot find details anywhere whether they have an integrated elearning system or not.

Whether we are actually the largest or not, with 80,562 teachers and 2,010,440 students registered, I think we have done quite well for a free service with absolutely no marketing or promotion. The growth has all happened because teachers have told each other about us.

If you know of a larger system, let me know in the comments.