We are sure you’ve heard this Chinese proverb many times: a picture is worth a thousand words. But, have you thought about the power of images in learning? Continue reading and we will tell you how to leverage images in your courses to make them more powerful, impacting and educational.
The objective of your courses is to convey knowledge in the most educational way, right? So, you must leverage on the resources needed to meet your objectives: video, audio, and above all, images. They can make your course more enjoyable and reduce the text in some topics. Images are a powerful resource due to their evocative power, as we can use them as metaphors or to assist with difficult concepts that are hard to convey in words. If you select a comprehensive image for your idea that is also tailored to your course context, you will broaden the scope of the message. By doing so, you will achieve a light and friendly course, which will not be less impacting or educational. For example, look at these two screens:
Which do you think is more engaging? Without doubt, the second one! Using an identifying image that conveys and inspires can greatly ease comprehension.
Where can you place images?
Aware of the power of visual resources, IsEazy includes various items with a main image, so producing a highly visual and impacting course is streamlined. Besides including images individually or with text, you can also use it with the following resources:
Cards: Ideal for discovering concepts and interaction.
Gallery: Perfect for explaining a concept with a carrousel. For example: A multi-step process.
- Points of Interest: A great resource for explaining various parts of an image while interacting with students.
Linked images: Students can browse along various linked images and learn how they are related. They are usually used to browse through space by zooming in.
Grouping exercises: Very useful so students can test their knowledge in a dynamic and fun way.
We encourage you to use images in all the creative ways you can think of. Remember, don’t overuse them. Images should support or improve the idea you want to convey, and not distract students from the main message. Select opportunities to use them and remember to always leave free space for text.
Tip: Good advice is to take advantage of images when you need to convey key ideas in your courses. If you use impacting images that result in students’ feelings, you will achieve that they absorb concepts quickly and will help them to remember what they learned.
Great! But, do you know where to find that cool images?
IsEazy thinks of everything. Our tools now include Unsplash, a catalogue with over 450,000 images to use for free and free of rights. Use professional images in your presentations without having to download and import them to your computer. IsEazy loves to streamline it for you!
The Unsplash catalogue has well indexed images. It is easy to browse, for both straightforward ideas (apples, trees or plates), images by color and images that invoke metaphors. For example, look at all the images that appear for “growth”.
Tip: Unsplash is working on indexing in Spanish, so we recommend looking for images in English.
Now, it is time for you to tell us: What criteria do you use to select images for your courses? Which images have better effect? As always, we love to receive comments!