The primary focus of creating E-learning courses is to impart knowledge to learners. But not all the courses rich in content become popular and successful. Have you ever thought about why?
One of the reasons could be how the content is presented. Anything that is visually appealing grabs eyeballs. A recent research reports that nearly three-quarters of human beings are visual learners. Visual representation of content keeps the learners engaged and communicates key concepts better.
Agreed that a lot of extra effort, money and time go into the creation of visually-rich courses. But, when weighed with the advantages the visual content provides, all this extra effort is worth every dime.
Let us now dive deep and evaluate the advantages of making our E-learning courses visually rich.
- Visual elements stay in the long-term memory
While words are processed in our short-term memory, images get stored in our long-term memory. Thus, visual elements form the most effective way of putting a concept across.
- Quicker and simpler communication
Information represented visually is processed and understood quickly. The processing time of visuals is 60,000 times faster than text. So, an E-learning course that shows content visually will have an edge over a text-only course.
- Better comprehension
Visual elements have the power of stimulating the human brain in such a way that affects the learner’s cognitive capabilities. Shape, size, colour and spatial orientation are better comprehended when visually represented.
- More mobile-friendly
Visual content is more suitable for a mobile-friendly course. In an era when screens are getting smaller and navigation happens through a touch screen, content that is visual has a better impact.
- Learning made fun and engaging
With the use of visual elements, it is relatively easy to bring in the fun-element in the otherwise monotonous courses.
Before we hang up our learning hat, I would like to mention one important aspect of including visual elements in your E-learning course. While including appropriate visuals would be advantageous in more ways than one, the opposite can be disastrous. Please take care to incorporate only relevant, good quality visuals. The visuals used must help the learners connect unfamiliar concepts with the familiar ones. The visual elements must be able to depict a difficult-to-understand topic in a simpler way.
So, it is not just the structure and the content of the course that makes a course successful. It still requires a special ingredient. Visuals!