Reasons to use Infographics in ELearning

ELearning often boasts a variety of media to convey key points.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for a single course to include videos, charts, graphs, audio, text, and diagrams.

Each media method is designed for a specific purpose. For example, when numerical data is being shared it’s often best into chart format as it is easier to understand.

Videos are a great way to supplement the content as it allows the learner to “take a break” from constantly reading.

As you create your own courses, you should constantly be determining the easiest way for a learner to digest the content. It can be tempting to rely upon text and bullet points as it ultimately applies to all situations, but it might not be the best.

Putting Information Into Graphics

In recent years we have seen a new form of information sharing emerge across nearly any topic – the infographic.

In short, infographics offer a summary of information in an easy to read and understand format. It’s sort of like a chart or diagram, but perhaps more elaborate.

For example, a single infographic could include three different charts relating to a particular subject or study.

The goal of the infographic is to guide the reader through the information in a logical sequence but not to overwhelm them with ton of facts and figures.

There are some real benefits to using infographics for your own elearning content.

To demonstrate these benefits, SHIFT ELearning has created their own infographic on the very subject! 🙂

Of the five reasons listed below the one that resonates most with me is how an infographic helps to eliminate unnecessary details.

Sometimes we can provide too much information to learners which makes it more difficult to communicate the key takeaways.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses.

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