Tactileo Creates Immersive and Engaging e-Learning Modules with 3D Models

About Tactileo

Tactileo is the e-learning platform for schools and training institutions developed by Maskott, a French digital learning solutions developer. Tactileo has more than 8 million users. 

Maskott resources are part of the official resources of the French Ministry of Education and Youth, and are among the most-used resources in France by teachers. During the first month of lockdown in France due to the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020), Maskott experienced a +700% increase in usage of the Tactileo platform and received more than 20K new teacher registrations.

Tactileo’s challenges:

  • Diversify and modernize the learning materials offered to teachers and students. 
  • Create animated training courses with innovative and interactive content.
  • Make sure the platform is responsive on any device: computer, tablet, and smartphone.

Solution:

  • Maskott created 500 educational 3D models, uploaded them to its Sketchfab account, and added them to a wide range of Tactileo’s modules—science, anatomy, architecture, etc.

3D annotated heart

Video: module using the 3D heart on Tactileo

  • This 3D annotated heart, for example, is used in science classes to showcase the different parts of a human heart to students. Try it for yourself—just rotate the model and click on the different annotations. You can also explore the model in both VR and AR.

Creation Process

Maskott:

  • Step 1: Receives the 3D creation requests from teachers and authors.
  • Step 2: Studies the feasibility of each project, creates the 3D assets and their animations.
  • Step 3: Uploads the 3D models to its Sketchfab account and optimizes each scene in the Sketchfab editor.
  • Step 4: Shares the 3D models with the module’s authors for feedback and approval. Once approved, the 3D models are added to the corresponding Tactileo module.

Results: Enriched learning experiences

  • Students are able to interact with the 3D models and explore all angles—creating a playful, innovative, and immersive learning experience.

3D objects make it possible to animate courses and training sessions and to modernize online learning by offering a certain interactivity, whether on computer, tablet or smartphone.

—Marion Pages, Communication Manager at Maskott

  • The 3D annotations provide additional information on specific parts of each model and allow students to take exploratory self-guided tours of models.
  • All these 3D models are also viewable in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, thanks to Sketchfab’s 3D viewer characteristics, giving students the opportunity to immersively experience landscape or architectural scenes, for example.
  • 3D, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality resources diversify the teaching methods and help students remember key concepts. These resources have been especially helpful to improve online learning since the COVID-19 pandemic brought about limited in-person schooling.

“3D objects are integral to a rich learning experience that combines experimentation on real objects and digitally enriched objects. It gives more depth to online learning and diversifies the methods to appropriate new knowledge.

—Marion Pages, Communication Manager at Maskott