Most of you must have heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. In the context of eLearning, pictures can really create wonders. Using images in an eLearning course is an effective way to teach the learner. A still image can help the learner retain information for a long time.
Now that we know images play an important role in eLearning, there are a few things that need to be taken care of when you choose images for your course.
Let us see what they are.
1. Are the images relevant to the target audience?
If you are making a course for a healthcare organization and use the image of a sales executive, then it would annoy the learner and distract him from the course. An image of a physician or something related to the industry would work in this case. This is because healthcare professionals are the target audience for the course. It is very important to know who your target audiences are.
2. Do the graphics support the content?
It is true that images make the course visually appealing, but they should not be used only as decorative materials. Each image used in the course must be relevant to the topic; it should represent the content that is being taught. Learners who avoid reading the content on the screen can easily remember the concept if the image speaks it. Even if the learner fails to understand the concept when he reads it, he can understand and retain it if there are supporting images.
3. Are the images authorized?
The next and most important thing is to check whether the selected image is from an authorized source or not. Otherwise, it may lead to legal conflicts. Make sure that there are no “watermark images” in the published version of the course. All images must be purchased before the course is sent to the client.
4. Are the images consistent throughout the course?
Another essential point to remember is that the images used are uniform with other images in the course. For example, if you think of using vector images in a course then the entire course should have vector images. A combination of vector and real images would be distracting.
As images play an important role in the learning process, it is necessary to spare a little time and consider these points to choose the right images for your course. I hope you find this blog informative. Do share your views on the post.