Week 13: Creating Class Elements Part 1: Images and screenshots

The Ko & Rossen, Chapter 9: Creating Courseware and Using Web 2.0 Tools provide good tips about designing web pages for instruction.

A detail: on page 251, the author is unclear to distinguish the use of sans-serif vs serif fonts.

The use of sans-serif for titles and headers, serif for the body of the text is probably best if you are creating something to be printed on paper.

But, if you’re creating something to primarily be viewed on the computer screen, you are probably better off sticking with a sans-serif font for everything.

I personally use SnagIt frequently to capture images to illustrate learning material and manuals. Although it is a commercial application, is inexpensive and very flexible.

When I need images or photos, I often browse on Flickr because many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. It’s possible to search content under different type of license.

The use of Mbedr open an interesting opportunity to include annotated images inside didactic material (I’ve learned to annotate one of my own pictures in Flickr!).

Thanks for these tips!

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Jaime Oyarzo

Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa - jaime.oyarzo@uah.es Profesor Asociado, departamento de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, España. Dirección de proyectos, e-Learning Consultant, Lund University Education, Sweden-jaime.oyarzo@education.lu.se Dirección de proyectos e-Learning (América Latina, Africa) Me interesan los proyectos que vinculan innovación y aprendizaje con ayuda de la tecnología. Especialmente si tienen como objetivo una transformación personal, organizativa y de desarrollo económico para la región involucrada. Blog (Spanish): http://jaimeoyarzo.blogspot.com/ Blog (English): http://alfavirtual.com/wp/virtualed/

3 thoughts on “Week 13: Creating Class Elements Part 1: Images and screenshots”

  1. I’ve found that “less is more” when using text in online presentations. The viewer doesn’t want to scroll down several pages and may feel overwhelmed or bored with large volumes of text. I believe that a picture or graphic says so much more, as in your annotated image. Hope you enjoy working with the tools in Week 14.

  2. Yes, you have right, but what to do if you have a long text?
    probably a good way, as described by the book, is to provide a way to navigate forward and back with the help of a table of contents.

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