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Hotspots are a unique way to share information which offer online learners the opportunity to interact with the content displayed. Learners can click or hover on particular parts of an image and receive pop-ups giving them more information. At the core of their functionality, hotspots represent information in a particular context; thus, they fulfill the multimedia principle: use words and graphics rather than words alone and the contiguity principle: align words to corresponding graphics. (Clark & Mayer, 2016). To use hotspots most effectively, consider these tips:
If you’re an online educator, you’ve surely heard something about web accessibility and its implications for online learning. And hopefully, your institution is taking steps to enact procedures and standards to ensure your online courses are consistently meeting accessibility requirements. According to the United States Census Bureau, over 57 million Americans report living with a disability. To make certain all your students can have a successful learning experience, following are Everspring’s top eight guidelines to help make your online course space accessible to all online users.
Videos are a common way to deliver information in online courses, replacing the face-to-face lectures in a traditional classroom. From the student perspective, your videos help make classes more interactive, and help students understand the material better (Rose, 2009). The following recommendations will help you create high quality videos for your course.
So, you are building a course for the online environment. What an exciting adventure! When building an online course, you may use a similar method to what you used when developing a course previously, or you may use an entirely new technique. Either option is a good option. But, you may have a few questions when you first begin such as: How do I organize my materials? How do I display my materials? How do I make sure my students work together?
Over time, you may want to make changes to the syllabus of a course. The syllabus documents are saved in the “Files” area (1) of the course. To preserve the integrity of the document, the Word document is located in the “Instructor Only” folder (3) and the PDF is found in the “Documents” folder (2) so it is visible to students.
Interestingly, there is little research regarding best practices for incorporating oral presentations into online courses (McDougall & Holden, 2017). When developing online courses, instructors often avoid assigning presentations due to logistical concerns (Kenkel, 2011). However, the benefits of oral presentations as a form of assessment are significant enough to necessitate overcoming these fears.
What is “alt text”? Alt text is descriptive text linked to an image, graph, or other visual content that allows users to understand the visual without viewing it. Any image online should contain alt text, but guidelines differ depending on whether the image is simply decorative or related to other content on the page.
Good page design requires balance between white space and positive space. Positive space, the element(s) that fill the page, are the “objects of interest” on which you want your reader to concentrate. We often may think of positive space in regard to photos, but on a course page, the object of our attention may be a thumbnail for a video, a callout box, or a pull quote.
Your class was never intended to be online. It was delivered face-to- face to a live audience. Perhaps it followed that same structure for years. Now, with little warning, it’s an online class. Where do you start? What do you prioritize? And what is essential to create a meaningfully engaging learning experience online? Rapidly transitioning a course to online doesn’t require recreating every element of the face-to-face version.