Have you heard the old adage: “a picture is worth a thousand words”?
The visual method/strategy is one of the best ways of adding interest to the online e-learning course. This is perhaps the best way to attract the end users or trainees so that they will be fully engaged in the e-learning programs. Visual learning makes it very easy for the trainees to learn and assimilate the content of the training; and it reaches them very fast and is most effective. This can be done by using real photos in your eLearning programs.
Using real photos in eLearning can improve the perception of the learners, because they see their colleagues/ products involved and as a result it will be worth the time to participate in the development.
Using short video clips at the beginning discussing value/importance of what they are about to learn and even placing them in strategic parts of the course to reinforce the message, is found to be very effective.
Real Photos are exactly what you would think them to be. The real photographs depicting real moments in life. Why is this good? Because people relate to what is real and react to it.
Now let’s see where we can use real photos in eLearning of two different types of trainings:
1) Product Training:
Coming to any product training, usage of real photos plays a vital role. We have developed an eLearning course for one of our clients on measuring devices. Before starting we requested them to send us all “original” photos from our client. Because adding real photos in the course will help learners to connect to the training and respond best to “real” images.
In the example given here under, we choose to show real photos in order to explain the installation of battery of an explosive detector by a technician.
So on-the-job technicians can understand and learn clearly with such kind of presentation\ visualization and can perform well with the real time activity with the detectors.
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2) Sales Training:
Selling is a broad subject, which covers methods, theories, models and training activities. For one of our clients we have developed an eLearning course on telesales for an automobile company. Here we placed a real photo of a chief executive of sales team who gives tips and guidelines on effective sales, so the sales team can connect to the subject and achieve best results.
From above, choosing of real photos in eLearning is appropriate with the situation and type of training we initiated.
No matter what you choose either real photos or good images the learners should reinforce the course content and contribute to effective visual design.
Anytime you use an image of a colleague/leader there should be a signed release. Personalizing the training with real photos has been really effective.
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