After each presentation at E-Learning Symposium 2010: The Art of E-Learning, the speaker drew a graphic representation of their topic or message. The result was a collaborative work of art – the actual art of E-Learning!
The speakers at E-Learning Symposium 2010 – Houston gave some very inspiring and thought-provoking presentations on all facets of E-Learning. Feel free to download them for your reference and review. (Registration and login required in order to download presentations.)
A psychologist at
When we think about Web usability, we are always told to use the most readable fonts, such as Verdana and Georgia, which were specifically designed for the Web. In addition, some studies indicate a preference for san serif fonts such as Verdana, Helvetica, and Arial when reading online. In general, people scan when they read online. It makes sense that you would select a font that is easy to read if you want to facilitate scanning. But what if you want readers to slow down and spend more time reading your text? That might be the case for online learning compared to other online tasks such as making a purchase.
When selecting a font for E-Learning there are a few things to consider. First is readability. Another factor is graphic design and how well your font aligns with your message. For example, you would probably select a san serif font when writing about an analytical subject. On the other hand, a serif font might be a more appropriate selection for a subject dealing with a soft topic, such as emotions. The article in The Economist (study by the
If visual accessibility is your primary consideration, you need to make font selections that are easy to read and make sure users have the option to control how fonts display on their computers.
The article in The Economist is important because it makes us think about the importance of font selection and its impact on learning. When we design learning materials there are a lot of factors to consider. It is easy to overlook font selection, but it’s important.
Here’s the article in The Economist:
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