May 13, 2013
Instructor: Noelle Archambeau
Most virtual training sessions consist of slides filled with bullet points and some decorative photos or clip art. We’ve come to expect this as the norm, probably because PowerPoint has conditioned us this way with its easy-to-use templates. Simply click to add title, click to add bullet points, click to add clip art, and we’re done.
Robert Mayer’s research (Multimedia Learning, 2001) showed that decorative graphics are distracting and can actually hurt the learning process, but we continue to use them anyway. Why? Because we’re not sure how to change and because that’s what everyone else is doing, so it must be OK.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Use appropriate fonts, colors, and layouts when designing slides for virtual training.
- Replace bullet points and decorative graphics with relevant visuals that educate learners.
- Locate free and low-cost photos.