In the online higher education community, course designers are constantly trying to develop courses that reach beyond the learner simply staring at a static screen. With the instructor and the learner at a physical distance, there are many features we use to try and bridge that gap, from online class meetings via Adobe Connect to discussion board postings to other engaging activities designed specifically for achieving the learning outcomes. However, when it comes to simple content delivery in an online setting, breaking through the wall of text by providing learners with more engaging media can sometimes be difficult. Many people work to make course content more engaging by including media, which can range from images to videos to interactive games and learning experiences. But ask yourself- are you including this media in the most effective way, a way in which the media serves not only to break up the wall of text, but is actually essential to helping your learners understand the content you’re presenting?



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