Graphics for Learning

Graphics for Learning

Graphics for Learning

Date posted: August 19, 2015

Modern technology applies a strong image-based mode of presentation. Given that technological devices play an extensive role in how we learn today, students must adapt to absorbing knowledge through a more graphic method, while teachers are challenged to use the most suitable visual techniques. Clark and Lyons’ Graphics for Learning attempts at clarifying the rules of operation within this contemporary paradigm of graphic technology.

Interestingly, the authors of the book do not ignore the fact that some graphics and use of images can achieve the opposite of acting as learning aids, and in fact can distract the learner. Here’s a book excerpt that discusses this very notion:

More often than not, the potential of visuals to increase learning and improve work performance is unrealized. Some training materials are a wall of words where visuals are almost nonexistent. At the other extreme, some e-learning lessons wrap lesson content in visually rich thematic edutainment treatments to improve motivation. Both of these options defeat learning. Alternatively, many instructional materials, in print and on computers, add visuals for merely decorative purposes. Although decorative visuals may not depress learning, they do not promote it either. When we settle for a decorative graphic, we lose opportunities to increase learner comprehension (xiii).

Here’s a short video about the various types of graphics used in learning, as well as how the usage of them may affect their viewer:

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