Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • How to create an effective e-course

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    Slides are the "building blocks" by means of which we are building e-courses. If you want to create an effective e-course you should think how to design each slide.

    What are the basic rules you need to follow when creating a slide?

    1. Title

    For e-course is vitally important the notional value, but not the bookish headline. Moreover, slide space is very limited and long titles simply "steal" a useful area. Therefore, the title should be short, unique and catchy. An example of the failed title you may see below: it is too long and duplicate the text on the slide.

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    2. Text

    Despite the use of such tools as images, animations and infographics, text is still the main carrier of course information. The perception of textual information from electronic media is more complex: person needs 25-30% more time to adopt the material than when he reads the book. It means that amount of text in electronic course should be considerably smaller than in the textbook. So, in order to facilitate the perception of educational material, try to reduce the amount of text, use simple short sentences, highlight key words, create bulleted and numbered lists.

    Course language should be simple. Avoid jargon and vague wording.

    3. Font and colour

    No matter how hard the designers try to surprise users by a variety of fonts and colours, Arial Black is still best perceived. Although the researchers say that the yellow text on a blue background is well-remembered, such combination is not always compatible with the corporate style of the customer and the idea of the course. Sooth to say, such scientific studies is highly questionable. But the use no more than three colours on one slide is generally accepted rule (as well as the rejection of bright colours). It is thought that red, for example, causes irritation and aggression. If our goal to calm the user, you have to forget about bright colours. But learning - it is an active work, so you'd better to cause an aggression than to relax your learner.

    The example of the right use of red colour you may see below:

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    4. Images

    The use of images on the slide considerably increases the level of perception of educational material. Due to their visibility and vividness, images arouse interest and cause other emotions, activate the process of thinking, etc. Also images can help to increase the effectiveness of assimilation of information due to ability to manage user's attention and memory. Therefore, the choice of graphic elements should be approached with the utmost seriousness. Illustrations should be concise, clear and have logical connection with the text. However, do not overload the slide with pictures: you may simply divert attention from the main idea.

    Сhoosing place for the image, keep in mind its functionality. Please note, that the illustrations are perceived by the right hemisphere of the brain, and the text - by the left. Moreover, сoncrete images are perceived more quickly than the abstract text. According to fact, that people commonly read from left to right and from top to down, we can see that the best placing option would be to put text to the right and image to the left.

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    With this arrangement, the user first draws attention to the image and then reads the text. If you place the image after the text it will grab all attention and the text may remain unread.

    5. Placing items

    The main purpose of the slide is the transmission of information; the basic principle of its construction - the simpler, the better. Do not overload the slide with items. Bright pictures, ornaments, etc. distract user from the sense of material and reduce the motivation to learn. For example, flat monochrome diagram will be perceived better than three-dimensional chart with shadows and other effects. Do not use the items if they are not well-founded. This applies to logo, which is not only occupy the valuable space, but also distract from the main idea, irritates as any annoying ads.

    Do not place key items in the middle or in the corner of the slide. You may define the spotlight with a help of golden ratio.

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    6. Free space

    Do you remember Maugham's famous quote about the importance of the pause? It was found that pause intensifies brain activity, cause it's impossible to think and to listen at the same time. The empty space on the slide performs the function of pauses in speech. E-course developers are usually afraid of empty space. However, if you fill the whole slide space it may actually worsen learners' perception. Empty space not only adds elegance, but also carries information. For example, the best way to highlight the word is to create an empty space around it. You should also use some free space between headings, keywords and text paragraphs.

    Good e-course - it's not only qualitatively design slides. E-course - it's a complex organism with a thought-out logic. But creating high-quality slide, you're making one step to your ultimate goal of creating an effective e-learning course.

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