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Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population is visual learners, images are clearly key to engaging people in eLearning courses. Moving and still images have been included in learning materials for decades, but only now has faster broadband, cellular networks, and high-resolution screens made it possible for high-quality images to be a part of eLearning visual design. Graphic interfaces made up of photos, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams, and videos are gradually replacing text-based courses. In this post, we will dig deep into some statistics and facts to further convince of why eLearning developers should embrace visuals when creating their courses. 1. Both the short-term and long-term memory store information in chunks, but the former is limited. According to Dr. Furthermore, this effect increases over time. 2. According to the Visual Teaching Alliance: Image source: Uberflip Blog 4. 5. 6.

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Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas There are many different ways to engage students, and one of those ways is through blended learning options. By using blended learning ideas in the classroom, students often learn more easily because they are interested in the activities and the knowledge. Presenting information to students the right way can be the key to seeing them develop a higher level of interest for anything they need to learn. Here are nine ways to achieve meaningful student engagement with blended learning. Dr. Lynell Burmark Archives - Soffront Blog Unless you’ve been completely unplugged from all technology for years, you’ll know that visual content/communication and storytelling are incredibly important. I was going to say unless you’ve lived in the Stone Age, but communication there was purely visual! Think about all the carvings on rocks.

eLearning Instructional Design ‘Knowing’ vs. ‘Doing’ Our industry is still plagued with elearning designs that focus too much on content (i.e. what the learner needs to know). Five Methods To Get Students Asking Essential Questions “If as I suggest the true goal of education is inspiring students with a lifelong capacity and passion for learning, it is at least as important that students be able to ask the right question as it is to know the right answer.” —Steve Denning, “Learning To Ask The Right Question” (Forbes Magazine, 2011) Would you rather teach A students who are proficient at memorizing facts in a textbook and answering multiple choice questions, or B students who are curious about the world around them and want to grow intellectually? At some point, students are going to have to do more than memorize facts.

Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy “Literacy” usually means the ability to read and write, but it can also refer to the ability to “read” kinds of signs other than words — for example, images or gestures. The proliferation of images in our culture — in newspapers and magazines, in advertising, on television, and on the Web — makes visual literacy , the ability to “read” images, a vital skill. But what does it mean to read an image, and how can teachers help students develop the skills to do so thoughtfully? Three Reasons to Love Text in e-Learning By Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer / @EllenBJohnson So there you are. Your e-learning project is coming along nicely: The content has been validated by SME reviewers, you've adjusted the interface based on feedback from user testing with real learners, and the client team is in the process of reviewing the alpha link. Then you get the call. A high-level stakeholder just reviewed the course, and she wants to add audio.

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking The Question Game by Sophie Wrobel, The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any.

Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy A professional or student in the 21st century needs to have a good degree of multimedia literacy. The term multimedia literacy and visual literacy encompass many things and borrow from many disciplines. However, for at least a generation or more when people speak of the need for multimedia literacy (they may call it different things) they very often focus on the high-tech tools of the day. This is especially true in education. The use of audio in elearning - LEO What’s the place of audio in elearning? It can add human warmth. It can provide an authoritative voice. There are times when it is essential. But first, let’s play devil’s advocate and look at the advantages of text. 12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education There are a couple dozen ways to ‘use’ technology in education. There are also a couple dozen ways to integrate technology in education. Think those two things are the same? Think that throwing a few iPads and a few Edudemic blog posts into a classroom is the best way to launch a 1:1 initiative?

Picture This! Visual Literacy in the Classroom Research shows that Visual Literacy, “a person’s ability to interpret and create visual information—to understand images of all kinds and use them to communicate more effectively,” is a successful strategy for all learners (Burmark, 2002, p. v). But what does this really involve? In the preface to Burmark’s book Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn (2002), Tad Simons defines visual literacy as “a learned skill, not an intuitive one. It doesn’t just happen.

Visuals can be a very useful tool in learning. It is important to know how to use images and which images have the best impact. by rachelbreann Mar 8