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Ulla Koivula

Ulla-Maaria Koivula is Founder & CEO of ThingLink. Based in Palo Alto, Ulla is responsible for ThingLink's strategy and key partnerships.
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ThingLink releases offline viewing for interactive images, videos and virtual tours

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 11, 2019 2:15:27 PM

In September we asked our users about offline viewing, and in less than a week we got over 200 replies. Over 80% of all the respondents said they need offline viewing because of weak wi-fi connection. This was mentioned by schools and companies operating in remote areas or schools that did not allow the use of Internet at all. The most popular use cases for offline viewing in our survey were: 

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Topics: virtual tour, corporate learning, New Feature, offline viewing

ThingLink brings interactive videos and virtual tours to Twitter - this time also in 360 degrees

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 10, 2019 2:56:20 PM

In 2012, ThingLink was the first media platform to bring interactive image sharing to Twitter. The feature was hugely popular especially among customers who use ThingLink for creating editorial content and marketing campaigns.  Later on, Twitter changed their product policy for 3rd party embeds, and the integration stopped working.

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Topics: VR, edtech, Video, Twitter, social media

ThingLink 2019:  A complete visual content creation solution for schools and workplaces

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 27, 2019 1:04:35 PM

At BETT London 2019 we set ourselves an ambitious roadmap that included several product updates aiming at one goal: Making it easier for educators in small and large organizations to create engaging and accessible visual learning experiences, and for learners to express themselves using multiple forms of media.

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Topics: 21st century learning, edtech, New Feature

ISTE 2019: ThingLink announces major accessibility update with Immersive Reader integration

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 20, 2019 2:25:46 PM

Most ThingLink images and videos include short text descriptions that give context to the visual experience and help the viewer understand what they are looking at. At ISTE 2019 we are launching an integration with Microsoft's Immersive Reader, which means all text descriptions, lessons, virtual tours, infographics, and videos created with ThingLink's new editor now come with an integrated reading tool and automatic language translation capability.

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Topics: immersive learning, edtech, corporate learning, eLearning, New Feature, partners, special education

7  FEATURE UPDATES TO THINGLINK EDITOR!

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 20, 2019 11:50:24 AM
The new editor keeps getting better! In the past weeks we have been working on several feature updates, and you can find them within this post. If there are any questions about the new  features, or requests for future features, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team, support@thinglink.com
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Topics: New Feature

New feature: Introducing narrated VR images with sequential hotspots

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Apr 25, 2019 5:05:09 PM

360-degree images and videos can help learners develop understanding of real-world environments outside their physical learning space, but trying to successfully setup over twenty headsets for a shared VR experience is not easy. For a while, we have been thinking of an alternative solution, based on the following three assumptions

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Topics: Product Marketing

ThingLink Interactive Video Pilot Program for Higher Education and eLearning

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Feb 22, 2019 3:26:16 PM

ThingLink is starting an interactive video pilot program for higher education and eLearning. The goal is to collect feedback from our users regarding: 

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Topics: 21st century learning, edtech, Video

Immersive Publishing for Cultural Preservation: Visiting the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro in Memories

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Dec 10, 2018 5:37:22 PM

Some weeks ago we got a note from Leonardo Coelho, a journalist and a student at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After the devastating fire that destroyed the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Leonardo had started working on a project that developed new ways for people to remember and share memories of the museum they loved. To us, Leonardo’s initiative struck as a truly wonderful example of how 360 media and immersive publishing can support cultural preservation, and we wanted to take a moment to share Leonardo’s story with you.

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Topics: Featured, immersive learning, eLearning, cultural preservation

Upcoming: Free Business Account Terms Change

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 30, 2018 5:19:54 PM

Get Access to all Editor Features: Test campaign ideas and graphics

Starting January 1st, free business account users will be able to access all the new ThingLink editor features including new tag layouts, customization, full screen viewing, and 360 photo editing. This makes it easier to test content creation with ThingLink before upgrading to a paid plan. 

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Topics: Policy, TOS

ThingLink and YetiTablet Announce Collaboration Bringing Multisensory Learning Experiences to Giant Tablets

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Sep 18, 2018 2:53:35 AM

The partnership  focuses on solutions that help patients, elders and students with learning disabilities navigate everyday challenges at home, school, or residential care facility.

Greetings from Dare to Learn Festival, Helsinki! We are happy to share that ThingLink and Kuori, the Finnish manufacturer of giant YetiTablet touch screens, have agreed on a partnership. Our goal is to deliver a new plug-and-play solution to hospitals and medical centers, residential care facilities, and special education classrooms for easily creating and displaying interactive, multisensory content on a large touch screen.

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Topics: edtech, partners, special education, hospitals, residential care