Special Topics in Digital
Media Production DIGI400
July - October 2010
Quizzes are 5 points each
The lowest grade is dropped
Participation counts as two quizzes
For each extra assessment submitted - 1 extra point
(Limit = 5 extra assessments)
E-learning courses should have both
words and graphics
Words - printed on the screen/presented as speech
Graphics - Illustrations, photos, animations, and video
*Interactions - ﬂash/html- based; button related content*
Adding Graphics that help the learner understand the
Examples of these graphics are:
Teach Content – facts, concepts, procedures
Topic Organizers – Topic maps
Show Relationships – diagrams, graphs
Corresponding graphics and printed
words should be placed near each
Relational graphics and text are separated or not fully
visible due to browser scrolling.
Onscreen reference appears on a second browser
window that covers the onscreen course
Use words in spoken form rather
printed for narration
Visual graphics and onscreen text must
compete for the same visual attention
“Modality effect” - people learn
more deeply when words explain
animations and graphics.
Use text with audio only to reinforce key points -
single words or remember phrases.
This principle applies only in situations in which you
present graphics and verbal commentary at the same.
Should you include onscreen text that
duplicate the audio?
Presenting words in both text and audio
narration can hurt learning
1. Avoid Presenting Words as Narration
and Identical text in the presence of
Students learn better from animation
and narration than from animation,
narration, and text.
Are there any situtations in elearning
that duplicating text and audio useful?
Consider onscreen text when:
1. There are no pictures
2. When language is challenging,
onscreen text should be narrated.
*will make Arrangements to meet with students in
RG213 or within school grounds*
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additional information about requirements for
assignments and activities via this email, so you
should check it daily.