|Slide 2 from Jen Hegna’s MoodleMayhem Episode 9 Presentation – View it online|
Thanks to the excellent prep work of Diana Benner–which helped me better appreciate Adobe Connect as a webinar platform–the Moodle Mayhem LIVE Chat with Jen Hegna went off without a hitch! Although the audience was small, you can catch the whole presentation–essentially, a video recording–online at the Moodle Mayhem web site page setup for today’s episode.
Here’s are reasons for why you might/might not design courses like this.
- The extra time it takes to create these is more than made up.
- It gets easier.
- Teachers need to take more care in the presentation/design of their content.
It is safe to say that the first bullet really goes towards addressing Jim Judge’s question, which was the same thought crossing my mind–Compact Course Design looks like a LOT of work. That thought is immediately countermanded by the understanding that such work is well-worth the results.
Visual appeal matters. Like it or not, teachers have to learn some elements of design to sell their content. I had an interesting discussion with an IT person once who asked why I spend so much time on layout/design of content. I could just upload the text/PDF files the old way. He couldn’t wrap his head around why someone would not just read what they were supposed to. Even if they did, I would still argue that participants will remember more of the content if they are visually engaged.
No matter how much marketers say otherwise, an attractive design is a significant influence to bounce rate and what visitors think of your site (yes, I had to emphasize this). Design is about making information more legible, and attractiveness is one factor that affects usability.
Considering what we discussed earlier about cognitive loads, you can already see how this approach is effective for elearning. The learner is better able to understand and process the information, making it more memorable… to lessen the cognitive load you can:
Read more at Articulate.com, which has an great blog entry on this topic and eLearning.
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