Share Paper: I See What You're Saying: Applying Visual Communication Skills to Online Instruction

  1. Diane Wilcox, James Madison University, United States
  2. Tom Wilcox, Wilcox Media, United States

Abstract: Using interactive facilitation techniques and free image editing software, this workshop will enable participants to develop basic visual communication skills and use these skills to create effective instructional images. We will introduce participants to several learning theories that explain visual learning and support the use of images in instruction. We will explain how four types of instructional images (representational, organizational, interpretative, and transformational) may be used to engage the learner, combat cognitive overload, and maximize learning, and show why the fifth kind of image (decorative) is a poor choice for instruction. We will introduce participants to basic design principles to ...