Magic of Graphics and Audio in E-Learning

Graphics and Audio are an integral part of e-learning development. More than just being eye-candy, Graphics can enhance learning for learners who prefer to learn visually. Similarly, Audio provides an option of auditory learning if the learner so wishes. Designing online training with rapid authoring tools is simple and straightforward.

In addition they can provide an easy way to integrate audio and graphics into custom e-learning content. Thus learning solutions can be impactful and yet made quickly.

Tips on developing Graphics:

  • Using a lot of graphics can certainly enhance the learning delivery. At the same time, it is important to find a balance between no graphics and too many graphics. If there are too many visuals on a single page, the learner may find it very distracting and it can be a deterrent to learning.
  • Standards of placement of images have been followed for a while and are easily recognized by most learners. For instance, the logos on the top-left and interactive elements like ‘next’ or ‘stop’ or ‘pause’ on the bottom-right. It is best to follow these rules for e-learning development as most learners have come to expect it in all learning courses.
  • Visual appeal of the screen should be enhanced by graphics. Most graphics are compatible with all e-learning software, though the screen size and resolution of the viewing device can be kept in mind when creating graphics for custom e-learning.
  • Colors set the ‘tone’ of the training as serious, didactic or informal. Once this tone is set, it is necessary to maintain it through the course of the training. Similarly, fonts and sizes should also be kept in mind when developing graphics.
  • Graphics and text should be together to aid learners. It is proven that text alone is too bland for learners to comprehend and learn from. On their own, graphics cannot be too relevant. It is when they come together that they weave magic!

Tips on creating Audio:

  • Audio very well with text-heavy courses and can provide the much needed ‘relief’. There are many kinds of audio that are used in e-learning – Narrations, Voice-overs, Sound effects and even Music.
  • Audio need not always mirror text in e-learning. That is sometimes the best way to strengthen the impact of what was written – but not always.
  • Audio on its own can be a powerful tool for learning. Many e-learning developers are now increasingly relying on audio to deliver learning than just textual content. In fact, many prefer to develop courses which have power visuals and accompanying audio – and no text at all!
  • However, not all learners may prefer to learn through just audio or find it distracting. So audio should always be provided as a choice. The learner should be able to turn it off if he or she so wishes.
  • Audio-transcripts should also be provided to make sure that even if the learner does not or for some reason, cannot hear the audio voiceover, the transcript acts as a backup
  • Accents are important in an audio voice over and should be able to connect with the learner. Local artists should be used to create authentic audio voiceovers. This also makes certain that the audio is best understood. It is best to keep a balance between male and female speakers to address a learner group that constitutes both the genders.

For impactful e-learning development and delivery, it is necessary that developers keep in mind the needs of the learners. For learners of all profiles, graphics and audio are powerful tools of learning and utilizing them can truly benefit them all.

Website Development, Graphic Design and Branding

Computers and laptops have dropped in price dramatically over the last two five years or so. This giving more people the chance to create and design websites. However do these people know how to use these tools correctly? Why do some websites get better ratings than others? Why are some web designers more successful than others?

You should always have a basic idea in your head of what is required of the website you are designing, even if it’s just a website being designed for fun. Whether it’s an e-commerce website or a website just for fun, it is important to have an image of what you want to accomplish at the end of the project. Consider ways you can make your site unique to stand out from the crowd. On the other hand you need to ensure you don’t over do it and put people off of your site by making it too busy.

Logos help to give the site an identity and something people will remember it by. The logo doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Sometimes simple is better. Colour plays a key role in graphic design. Logo development can be the hardest part when designing a website. So getting a good solid base of a logo and what your client wants on their logo is important. If you cannot contrast colours well then the logo or web page may look unprofessional or put people off from visiting the page.

If there is a lack of communication it can make logo and brand development etc very difficult. Without it ideas cannot be shared with each other. The better you know your client the better you understand there personality and what they are looking for. To make your company stand above the rest you have to be unique, find a niche and attract different companies to you simply through word of mouth. This in the long run making your company or yourself as an individual more successful.

Don’t be afraid to use other work out there for inspiration just don’t copy. Firstly because they may have copy writes on their work. You might find you end up in court otherwise. Consider the person that put the work in, it is cheap and lazy so don’t do it.

Look at the current market research before starting your work. Look at the most up to date technologies that are new to the market. Search around for new technologies and software that will make the jobs like coding and graphic design easier. Once you have purchased anything to save you time and hassle you will own it and it can be used again and again saving you money and time. On creating your website links, photo’s videos etc should be used. These features are all designed to get people more involved, by learning from one another and inspiring each other.