Earlier, e-learning courses were developed using traditional methods of presenting data and information; often times, these methods were generally difficult to understand, boring and not much innovative or interactive. However, the trend has now changed. Many organizations have shifted from the traditional methods to the new age or modern methods of presenting data and information. One key factor in this methodology is using infographics, which is a very simple yet effective, easy to understand, innovative, interesting, and colorful method.
What and Why infographics?
Infographics are visual presentation of information. They are used to communicate the message with minimum text and well-organized visual elements. The main aim of using infographics is to represent the complex and large amount of data into a crisp and clear representation of the information, which can be viewed at a glance. An infographic can be effective when there is a good balance of words and appropriate graphics to help relay the information well. You can also use icons and illustrations in the form of graphics.
The next question that may arise in your mind is: why should we use infographics in our e-learning course? How will the affect the learning outcome? The answers are as follows:
If we use infographics, it will be:
- Easy to read and understand data
- Easy to construct meaning and interpret data
- Easy to retain data in memory
Let us now see some of the different types of infographics that you can use in your e-learning courses.
Timeline or History infographic
In e-learning courses, we can use the timeline infographic to explain the growth or evolution of an organization or even explain the history of a company in a chronological order. A timeline basically consists of a sequence of events that have occurred over a period of time. The main purpose of using this infographic is to help the learner remember and recall dates. Have a look at a timeline-based infographic.
Processes are often difficult to explicate. In such cases, to make it easy, using an infographic can be helpful; processes help breakdown complicated processes into small and simpler steps. These smaller steps can be presented in a logical way for better understanding. Let us now take a look at an infographic based on processes.
Photo infographics use photos to visualize content or tell a story. They offer a unique design and can be helpful to visually explain something using real-life photos. For instance, to explain about the parts of an equipment or machinery, you can use this methodology. Here you can place the real picture of the equipment and explain its parts with the help of labels ,where text can be used to describe and explain the features of the equipment; or you can also present content in the form of an interactivity by adding hotspots to the various parts of the equipment. Let us now look at an example based on this methodology.
Let us now see some of the benefits of using infographics in e-learning. The most important factor is that maximum information is conveyed in a minimum period of time, which ultimately saves time. It is also very user friendly. As infographics provide all the information at a glance it is easy to memorize data and because of its visual presentation, data lasts long in the learners’ mind. Therefore, these are some of the benefits of using infographics.
I hope you find this post useful. What do you think? Do share your views.