Effective Training Visuals—Abstract to Concrete

We’re back with the fourth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. The first in the series was about organizing elements within a visual to ease perception; the second was about directing the eyes of the viewer to key parts of the visual; and the third was about reducing realism and simplifying graphics. This time, we’ll focus on ways to make abstract ideas and concepts more concrete.

As we did in the three previous posts, we’ll provide guidelines drawn from the book Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed. The visuals used as examples come from e-learning courses created by Convergence Training. As a side note, we’re happy to note that Malamed is currently writing a new book specific to training and visuals. Check out her blog to keep up to date on her progress, and consider reading it out when it’s available. A big hat tip to Connie Malamed.

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