“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words”
Arthur Brisbane, a newspaper editor, offered this timeless advice in 1911. Visual images are one quick, relatively easy, potentially powerful way to disrupt the monotony of text monopoly in an online learning environment. As preferred learning styles of students vary, inserting an image provides opportunities for students to engage with materials in different ways and can enhance a course for everyone. Adding relevant visual images to introduce content or topics may be an effective strategy for assisting student memory processes in making concepts stick and recalling them via visual cues.
Be Respectful of Copyright
When adding an image to your course, be respectful of digital copyrights. Be aware that there are limitations to using images found on the Web. Look for images which carry a Creative Commons license which grant copyright permissions allowing the image to be copied, distributed, remixed, and edited. Read Full Post