Images in eLearning

Images are one of the key things you can use in your eLearning course to help teach your learners key learning concepts they need to know. Images are an excellent way to reinforce learning material as they help learners better visualise what they are being taught. Typically, images will not be used on their own but will be used in combination with text and audio which explains the learning material. The type of images you use can vary depending on your course, for example it can be a detailed diagram with lots of information on or it can be a simple image that relates to the learning content.


When deciding on which images to use in your eLearning there are some best practices you should follow, below outline some of these:


1. Suitability


Suitability is an important factor when deciding on which images to use in your eLearning and can very time consuming. Looking for an image that effectively reinforces the learning concepts for your pages can be difficult, some questions you should consider are “Does the image reinforce the learning content?” And “Is it suitable for the audience that is viewing the eLearning”. When deciding on images it is important that the design team works closely with the subject matter experts to ensure the images being chosen are suitable for what the page is teaching, if the image you choose looks nice but is incorrect for that page it will not look professional and may result your eLearning may loose credibility.


2. Consistent Images


Consistency is important when deciding on the images for your eLearning course as it plays a big part in determining the overall look and feel. When choosing images there are a variety of different types to choose from, for example you could use 3d animated images, vector graphics or real-life photographs. When choosing there is no wrong or right answer, this will depend on what you decide in the design phase of your eLearning. The important part of this however is that you remain consistent, using a mixture of different types of images can make a course look messy as it removes the consistency, for example if you use real life photographs try to use it for all pages, however in some cases you may need to use different types of images to illustrate your point.


3.Image Size


The size of images is always a constant balance between having high quality images and a course that does not have long loading times. Images vary in file size depending on how high quality they are, a higher quality image will be larger in file size and will most likely have a larger height and width. When selecting the size for your images the first thing you need to considered is how large it needs to be, is it covering the whole page? or is it covering only part of the page? this will help you determine how large the image needs to be. When deciding what size image to download it will typically be somewhere in the middle as the far ends (very small and very large) will often be too big in file size or too low quality to use in your course.


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