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Effective visual design in e-learning
Transcript of Effective visual design in e-learning
Why looks matter in e-learning courses
3 Simple techniques to guide your learner
I routinely ask people I meet what they think about the elearning courses they take in their organizations.
One of the most common complaints is that the courses look unprofessional and uninviting. And that equates to a course not worth taking.
You’re asking the learners to give up precious time and invest it in your elearning course and before they even start, they feel like it’s a waste of time just because of the way it looks.
1- Why looks matter in e-learning courses
2- Principles of effective visual design in
3- 3 Simple techniques to guide your learner
4- 5 Common visual design mistakes
Done by: Noora Al-Tabei
Thuraiya Al Batrani
Principles of effective visual design in
5 Common visual design mistakes
the Impact of
Good e-learning design is as much about visual communication as it instructional design and learning theory.
Look at a company like Apple. They build good products. But they also tell a compelling story.
There is a consistent message between the products they sell and the way they pack it visually. It all adds to the Apple experience.
Lack of Unity
Your course has a central idea or objective and the visual design should be built around that. In addition, where you place the elements on the screen should be consistent and related to one another. You want the learner to recognize the placement and anticipate where the new information will be. It gives everything a sense of order and continuity. The visual design should complement the learning experience and not compete with it.
The intern’s demo had some really nice use of photos to support the course. However, there were some places where he used vector images and clip art. While they weren’t superfluous and did fit the context of the course, they just didn’t seem to belong to it.
When it comes to visual communication, contrast is one of the most critical elements. Your job is to help guide the learner’s attention. Contrast allows you to do that because it highlights the differences. People are drawn to the contrast naturally.
Misuse of Fonts
I’ve seen some courses that must use about twenty different fonts. As Arthur Fontsarelli would say, “That ain’t cool.”
Fonts serve a few purposes. First, they’re used to display text for reading. That means you have to consider which font style is going to work best on your screen. It has to be the right type of font and the right size. In most cases, a san serif font works best for the computer screen.