In this blog, I would like to share with you that visualization is a very creative process; so if you Google the word “visualization,” the information that you get is so much of a creative kind of visualization more for self-allotment or setting goals, findings one’s strengths or weaknesses. This is what visualization usually refers to. An instructional designer reads content and adds an appropriate image; for example, if the content is about the sales people or selling skills then the picture of a sales person is included.
In e-learning, visualization plays an important role in engaging learners. An instructional designer after deciding the instructional design strategy should next decide on the visual strategy, that is, decide on how to present the content. A good visual strategy improves the look and feel of the course. It also helps learners retain knowledge for a long time.
We usually follow the 5-step process to visualize content. Let’s look at them.
Start visualizing the content from the content comprehension stage. Make notes in the margins.
Refine or add to your visualization as you script the storyboard.
As you are scripting the storyboard, look for opportunities to visualize the text with imagery, diagrams, charts, and graphs.
Strike a balance between text, visuals, and audio to reduce the cognitive load and minimize the split-attention effect.
Test the screen on yourself to see if you are getting overloaded. Revise if necessary.
This 5-step process of visualization helps create highly engaging courses. How do you visualize learning content? We’d love to hear.