We are sure this has happened more than once: You open a text document or presentation and the amount of information included seems like a burden. Dozens of graphs, many text paragraphs, images over images. If you feel this has no purpose and you don’t want to waste your time tackling all this information, you know what we mean: visual disorder does not favor learning.
How do we process information?
Visual clarity in a course or presentation directly affects how we think we will process that information. If we face a crammed and disorganized document, we will feel we will have problems processing it. If the document is clear, airy and with less concepts per page, our perception will change completely. This has nothing to do with the content: Text can be crammed with an easy topic, and the clear document can be about quantum physics, but the presentation on screen (and its clarity, or lack of) influences us.
Various research prove that when humans perceive something as clear and agreeable, we have more positive feelings about it than something obscure and disorganized. These positive feelings can translate to motivation, comprehension and retention of information. This, of course, impacts learning. We all want well predisposed students who want to learn. Remember this: Students are more predisposed to learning if they have courses with visual clarity.
If you wonder, how do I achieve visual clarity in my courses? Follow these tips:
- Always go for what you recognize: It’s normal for us to want to be original, but sometimes this can play against us. Go for familiar examples or images. These are much easier to process than complicated concepts.
- Always use legible fonts: The same text in different fonts and sizes can greatly affect perception, even with the same content. Look at these two examples:
Were you able to read the one on the left more easily? The market has various original and cute fonts. However, in e-learning, try to use simple and legible fonts in appropriate sizes for the screen so students can perceive the course as easy to process and learn.
- Use high contrast images and text: If you use a white background with light grey text, students may feel they will take too long to read it as the text and images lack contrast. Always check that all text is legible and easy to read.
- Less is more: If you need to organize information on 2 or 3 screens, do it. It is much easier to process key concepts by screen, than 5 concepts crammed on one screen.
Straightforward with isEazy
isEazy is specifically designed for visual clarity in e-learning content, so your courses will always be visually attractive and homogeneous:
- Layout: isEazy has various styles of layout so you can combine the various resources and all information is distributed evenly on the screen.
- Fonts: Choose between the 5 fonts available. All are clear and legible and you can use them for the full course.
- Copy slides: Take advantage of our copy slides function so all your e-learning courses screens are on the same basis and are homogeneous for students.
Comments: Do you think that visual clarity is directly related to the quality of learning? How do you make your courses visually clear? As always, we love to receive comments!