The Role of eLearning Images in Visual Learning

eLearning images are an oft overlooked component of a good course. A great deal of the information we process comes to us through our visual cortex. Its estimated that 93% of information we communicate is obtained through nonverbal queues. According to Mike Parkinson, visual information is processed about 60,000 times faster than textual information. It hearkens to that old saying, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”


There’s something very helpful about having a pictorial representation of the concept to hang your hat on. An image anchors a concept in a way that words often can’t. While text forces you to create an image in your brain from scratch, introducing a picture gives us a jumping-off point, showing us a tangible concept which can be instantly grasped and further explored through text or audio.

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