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Visual Design for Online Learning

ISBN: 978-1-118-92243-9
208 pages
October 2015, Jossey-Bass
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Description

Update the visual design of your course in pedagogically sound ways

Visual Design for Online Learning spotlights the role that visual elements play in the online learning environment. Written for both new and experienced instructors, the book guides you in adding pedagogically relevant visual design elements that contribute to effective learning practices. The text builds upon three conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning. This resource explores critical issues such as copyright, technology tools, and accessibility and includes examples from top Blackboard practitioners which are applicable to any LMS. Ultimately, the author guides you in developing effective visual elements that will support your teaching goals while reinforcing the learning materials you share with your students.

There has been a steady increase of over 10% in online enrollment for higher education institutions since 2002, yet the visual look of online courses has not changed significantly in the last ten years. Adapting to the needs of students within online classes is critical to guiding your students toward success—and the right visual elements can play an integral role in your students' ability to learn and retain the information they need to thrive in their chosen programs. In fact, visual elements have been shown to increase student participation, engagement, and success in an online course.

  • Leverage the best practices employed by exemplary Blackboard practitioners
  • Explore three foundational conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning
  • Increase student retention and success

Visual Design for Online Learning is an essential reference for all online educators—both new and experienced.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments x

About the Author xvii

Chapter 1: How Do I Begin? 1

Chapter 2: How Do I Include Images and Video? 27

Chapter 3: How Do I Facilitate Instruction and Interaction? 63

Chapter 4: How Do I Integrate Multimedia? 97

Chapter 5: How Do I Visually Design a Course? 129

Chapter 6: How Do I Support Learners Online? 153

Appendix A: Syllabus Review Script 167

Appendix B: Course Welcome and Orientation Script 170

References 173

Index 177

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Author Information

TORRIA DAVIS is an instructional designer for the Online and Professional Studies Division of California Baptist University.

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