We’ve all heard the expression, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”
What this quote really means is that visuals are powerful. They can immediately evoke feelings, thoughts, and even aid our comprehension.
Although some eLearning courses rely on text-heavy content, we should be doing the opposite. Visuals are so beneficial to your learners.
Visual storytelling helps learners:
- – Retain more information.
- – Speed up comprehension.
- – Feel more motivated.
- – Maintain attention on course material.
Images are especially useful when you’re teaching complex material, or if your learners are brand new to a concept.
Teaching for a visual brain
We know images are important, so why don’t all instructors include them in their eLearning? A big reason is that instructors don’t know how to integrate visual communication effectively.
The good news is that you can become a visual communication pro in no time. Here are some of our favorite tips to overhaul your eLearning course with amazing visuals.
- Know your objective and goals first
You can’t use a visual just because you think it’s pretty. It has to go hand in hand with your course’s learning objectives.Every image should be relevant to the subject at hand. Skip the useless stock images and pair the course content with visual aids like infographics, models, blueprints, or charts to help learners process information.When you prioritize the learning objective, this ensures you create hyper-relevant images that help learners retain information. This also saves you time and money since you only provide the most relevant visuals for the course content.
- Storyboard first
When you want to design a course, you might be tempted to jump straight to the script. But this is a big mistake with many missed opportunities.Before you even think about a script, focus on the images you want to create. Storyboard how your course will flow, both for content and visuals.The storyboard clarifies the story of your course by hitting critical tableaus. This shortens your course development time and helps you plan exactly what images you need to create for the program.
- Go for video, too
Visuals are one of the most engaging ways to learn. Moving visuals like video are also incredible tools for eLearning.When you think about a visual course, 2D images aren’t your only option. Animations and explainer videos also maintain more learner attention and increase retention.You don’t have to be a pro to create video, either.
- Don’t eliminate text completely
The thing is, visuals can’t stand up by themselves. You need text to give visuals labels, names, descriptions, and other information that gives learners context for the visuals.While the course’s audio can help, remember to integrate text with your images. This will help learners process information more quickly. If you have a complex image, for example, some text can help learners find information more quickly.
The bottom line
Balance is everything in eLearning. Include visuals, text, and even video to increase learner engagement. Learners will get more out of your course and come back to you for more.
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