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Use of images and graphics in training

October 28, 2013 by Alberto González Talaván   Comments (1)

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Dear friends,

I just read this article about the use of images and illustrations in training (probably also valid for the development of any kind of text):

http://elearningmind.com/can-you-improve-instructional-design-with-images

This is something I've had in my mind for some time. I generally support using images as part of the training resources. I'm particularly against long texts without a reasonable structure, proper use of typography and no images. But it is true that it can be challenging to find the appropriate images that support the text without distracting the user from the main content. AND not spend a fortune on them.

This article goes further, suggesting that the graphics chosen should actually enhance the content, explain it, support it... even becoming a training resource themselves if possible. Obviously that requires a bigger investment on time and probably resources.

What do you think? Where do you usually get your images and illustrations? Do you find them on the web? Do you buy them? Do you engage someone in your organization? Do you hire someone?

My personal favourite for images: Stock.XCHNG (http://www.sxc.hu/).

Maybe I should have added an image to this blog post ;)

Alberto González Talaván 1507 days ago