Take Your E-Learning on a Summer Fakecation

E-Learning Fakecation #87: Challenge | Recap

The e-learning challenges are on summer vacation this week! To show our appreciation for all your hard work and amazing examples you’ve shared this year, we think you deserve a fun break in the sun!

We’ll need to travel on a shoestring since we have very little budget. Actually, we don’t have any budget.

But that’s okay because this week you’re going on a fakecation.


via i.imgur.com

Fakecation, All I Ever Wanted

When I read about the girl who faked a 5-week vacation to South East Asia by posting phoney photos to Facebook, I knew that “fakecations” would make a great e-learning challenge.

Zilla van den Born

Zilla van den Born / Rex/REX USA via Buzzfeed

A common production challenge is finding ways to create harmony between multiple design and graphic elements.

Fakecations are a great opportunity for course designers to sharpen their photo editing skills.

Fakecation in Dubai

via Reddit

Planning the Perfect Fakecation

You have a few options for your fakecation. The quickest (and cheapest) way is to pull up some exotic beach scenes and strike a two-finger pose in front of your computer:

Next, crop your image so only your photo and fingers are visible. You may need to rotate your image depending on the orientation.

Fakecation cropping images

After your image is cropped, apply some filters. The filters really help create the harmony between your fingers and the background.

Fakecation applying filters

Cheesy text styles are optional:

Fakecation text styles

If you’re into the text titles, drop your fakecation photo into Canva and use some of their pre-built layouts and text styles:

Mexico Fakecation Canva

Challenge of the Week

This week your challenge is to take a much-needed fakecation. Go anywhere you like and visit as many places as you can in a week.


Believe it or not, there are resources for planning your fakecation.  

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Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you leave for this week's fakecation, check out some destination ideas from last week's interactive maps challenge:

Interactive Maps

Interactive Maps Recap #86: Challenge | Recap


Wishing you a fake-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!

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Melissa Milloway
Melissa Milloway
Cary Glenn