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Using effective images in eLearning.

Images can be one of the most effective ways to teach learners about a subject when developing eLearning and digital training. Choosing the right image is important and can help the learner better understand what you are trying to teach.

Below are some tips on choosing effective images for your eLearning course.

1. Relevant

The most important thing to consider when choosing an image is to make sure that it matches the content you are teaching the learner. This may sound obvious, but it can be difficult, depending on the content of your course you may be able to use generic images when explaining concepts, however for certain topics this may not be appropriate. For example, if you are creating a course on healthcare there may be certain equipment or procedures being performed in generic images that are not suitable for the content. When choosing images for your course it is important to ensure that the images being selected are relevant, one way you can do this is by having Instructional Designers and Subject Mater Experts work closely together when deciding on which images to use.

2. Style

Another thing to consider when choosing images is ensuring that you use a consistent style of image throughout the course. Having a consistent style of image will help to set the tone for the course and help learners become more familiar with what you are trying to teach. You might decide that you want to use real life images, or you might decide you want the course to have a more animated/cartoony feel. Regardless of what you choose make sure that you use the same style throughout, changing styles half way through can make the course not look consistent and can send the learner mixed signals about what you are trying to teach.

3. Image Size

As more and more people are working and learning from home, image file sizes and the file size of your course is more important than ever. When developing an eLearning course the larger the course is in size the longer it will take to load. For example, if you have a page with lots of video files, images and audio it will take much longer to load than a page with just text and an images. When taking eLearning courses in the office this may not have been a problem as the chances are the connection you are using is fast enough to handle this, however, when at home or while on the go the speed and stability of your connection can vary greatly. If you have an eLearning course that is very big your learners may have difficultly loading it, to avoid this try to use images and other media only when it makes sense and helps to reinforce what you are teaching.


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