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Visualization – An Important Factor in E-learning

Written By Dr. Susie Hariharan

Visualization – An Important Factor in E-learning

Heard of the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, I can prove that to you. Have a look at the following two representations.

Option 1:

Selection of a Plant Location also depends upon the availability of natural resources such as:

  • Water
  • Wind energy
  • Solar energy

Option 2:

Selection of Plant Location also depends upon the availability of natural resources such as

Which one is easily understood or which one do you find visually appealing? I am sure it is option 2.

Visuals are received information and they help people create mind maps. The same is the case in the context of eLearning courses.

One core objective of an e-learning course is to make a strong impact on learners that facilitates learning and retention. Visualization plays a key role in conveying the key message to the learners and keeping them engaged throughout the course.

It increases the level of interest among learners by presenting information in an eye-catching presentation. Visuals include diagrams, charts, graphs, illustrations, drawings, photographs, or graphics.

The features of visualization are:

  • Help learners to have clear cut understanding of the course
  • Give at-a-glance preview of the content
  • Enable organizations and companies to assimilate all the concepts to represent things visually
  • Provide proper form to the content
  • Reinforce learning as learners can recollect the content by just remembering the images, tables, figures, illustrations and many more
  • Make the information come alive

Therefore, visuals used in eLearning courses should be aesthetically appealing to support learning. Given the advantages, visualizing content can positively impact the learning experience but it may also be disadvantageous if the visualization is not appropriate. So here are some of the don’ts.

Don’t forget the disadvantages

  • Better not to use a visual than to put in an irrelevant one
  • Don’t use harsh colors
  • Do not use too many visuals, thereby defeating your very purpose

In conclusion, I would like to say ‘seeing is believing.’ Pictures have a better and more lasting impression on the brain and that is precisely the purpose of using visuals in eLearning.

Visualization has a great impact on a learner’s understanding than just content with text. When creating a course use visuals to get your point across and that will ensure that the learner remembers by associating the information and the picture.

Remember visualization means CLARITY, RECALL BY ASSOCIATION AND THE IMPACT LASTS FOR A LONGER TIME. These are some of my insights. Please share if you wish to add to it.

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