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Using Hotspots

September 24, 2021
​​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:

How to Open the Gate to Accessibility

September 24, 2021
​​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.

Video Recording Best Practices

September 24, 2021
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.

Updating Your Syllabus

September 24, 2021
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.

No Sweat Alt Text

September 24, 2021
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.

Design Best Practices

September 24, 2021
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.

Infographic Considerations

September 27, 2021
An infographic is a visual that combines text, graphics, diagrams, and graphs to present information. When used effectively, infographics can be a powerful tool to guide students through the learning process. “Infographics ask for an active response from the viewer, raising the questions, ‘What am I seeing?’ and ‘What does it mean?’” (Krauss, 2012, p. 10). Infographics also present information in an organized way, which can improve students’ critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills (Yildirim, 2016).

Course Images

September 27, 2021
How many times have you looked at an image and thought, “Have I seen this before?” Chances are, if you are looking on a stock photo site, it’s often. That feeling of déjà vu occurs because images reflect an amalgam of artistic, cultural, and ideological influences (Hall, 2015).

Making Text Color Accessible

September 24, 2021
Some students have difficulty perceiving color, including older learners, learners with partial sight, learners with colorblindness, and learners using monochrome or text-only displays. In order to ensure that course content is perceivable to all learners, you should consider several guidelines for color use.

Basic Editing in Canvas

September 24, 2021
To edit a page in Canvas, simply click on the “Edit” button. Each page contains a variety of editing tools, similar to those found on most word processing programs. The Rich Content Editor applies the principles of a WYSIWIG editor (What You See is What You Get) and uses icons to illustrate the functions. You may also hover over an icon to confirm its function.