8 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Online Course Visual Friendly

  • People form a first impression about a website in 50 milliseconds or less (1/20th of a second!)
  • Learn more than 600% when images are included in presentations.
  • 91% of people are more likely to read online content that includes coloured visuals.
  • Visually engaging content helps learners pay attention to your course content. It also helps them remember what they’ve learned, which means it’s more likely to stick with them after the course is over.
  • And visuals aren’t just helpful for learners; instructors can also benefit from using visuals. Here’s how you can use images in your course to make it more effective and memorable.

Visuals keep learners engaged

  • Use an image to show your learners the different coffee beans they could use.
  • Include a video that shows your learners how to roast the beans.
  • Create an infographic that explains the different brewing methods.
  • Visuals provide context and meaning to your content. They make it easier for learners to understand the concept and remember it for a longer time. Research shows that visuals improve online learning by up to 400%.
  • Use images that are relevant to the content
  • Use relevant visual elements such as charts, graphs and illustrations to explain the concept. Appropriate visuals help learners grasp the concepts easily.
  • Use a variety of visual elements.
  • Use exciting and attractive visuals such as photographs, infographics, diagrams and flowcharts, which will make your course look more appealing and engaging.
  • Keep your visuals simple.
  • Keep your visuals simple so that they do not distract the learner from the main content. Do not fill every screen with visuals; keep some screens entirely textual or just with one image.

Visuals help learners understand complex concepts

Visuals aid in memory and retention

  • Can you turn a piece of text into a graph?
  • Could an image replace the body text?
  • Can you create an infographic?

Visuals can enhance your online instruction

  • Use graphics that are meaningful and relevant to the subject matter.
  • Avoid superfluous graphics or distract from the main point of what you are trying to teach.
  • Present information on a single screen with no more than six words per line and five lines per screen. This reduces the cognitive load on the learner by reducing the need to scan and search for information on the screen.
  • Use animations sparingly, only where they aid understanding of a concept. They should not be busy or complex and avoid distracting sounds and music.

Visuals can replace direct instruction

Visuals provide opportunities for assessment

Visuals can be great for brainstorming

Visuals are an engaging way to give feedback

Resources for visuals to use in online classes




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