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10 rules for visualisation in e-learning

Tips for choosing images for e-learning

In addition to having well-crafted content, you should also use visual elements throughout the training.

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Sometimes it's hard to find the right images. Your images need to add value to the training, whether it's a graph or chart that explains the information or a simple example to aid the learner's understanding. Keep in mind that different distance learning platforms visualize the images in the training. There are 10 things you must consider when deploying images and visuals in your training:

1. Find quality images. Avoid using blurry or pixelated images in your eLearning. It's better not to use any images at all instead of using poor quality ones.

2. Do not use images or visuals without a specific purpose. It is extremely important that any images you use add value to your training. Do not use images just for decoration or to fill space. Images without a specific purpose can be distracting to the learner rather than helpful.

3. Choose valuable images. Any images you use should add value to the training, for example, a graph, chart, or photo for students to refer to.

4. Do not use images that are too complex. If you have a complex graphic that is critical to your learning, consider how to position it on a single slide/screen separate from the description. This will allow you to insert a larger image where learners can see more detail. Where possible, avoid using complex graphics and opt for a simpler version where possible.

5. Use different visual effects. Try to use a variety of graphics and images in training. These can be - graphs, charts, photos, attachments, videos, or even just numbered lists. Different visuals help the learner organize information more easily.

6. Don't clutter the training with images. Adding too many visuals can easily make training cluttered and confusing for the learner. With fewer visuals, the learner can more easily focus on the content.

7. Use images and words together. Try to put text and pictures together, showing the same meaning in different ways. Learners remember and learn important points or terms more easily when they associate them with an image.

8. Do not use text alongside complex images. Placing text alongside complex graphics will only complicate comprehension unnecessarily and further. If this is the case, place the text on a separate slide/screen.

9. Use consistent and compatible images. Consistency helps the learner concentrate on the content without being distracted by changes in the instructional design.

10. Do not copy images from Google. Many of the images on Google are copyrighted and using them in your eLearning would violate those rights.

By following these 10 rules, you will create your training without worry. Try using the capabilities of your distance learning platform and add visual elements throughout your training, not just in presentations.

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