Step Graphics: 3 basic Yoga poses

Step graphics are interactive explanations that make it easy for learners to sequentially walk through a process, workflow, procedure, or related items. They can be used for all types of learning interactions, from procedural training to interactive storytelling.

The aim of Weekly Challenge nº 36 was to create a step graphic to communicate a process. I started to take Yoga lessons last year, so I was inspired to create a quick guide of Yoga poses for beginners.

There are tons of free videos of yoga, but I needed my own characters showing the pose step by step. At the website yoga.com, I found good tutorials of the poses I had decided to illustrate. Pausing the videos at every change of position, I took 4-5 screenshots of every sequence. After that, I drew every image in an illustrated style, using Illustrator’s calligraphic brushes. Finally, I created a slide for every pose in Storyline.
Yoga-poses.

Reference: Yoga.com

 

Drawing with Artweaver: my first digital paintings

When I was a child I took drawing classes for some years and learnt the main drawing and coloring techniques such as using pencils, pastels, watercolors, charcoals, etc. That was a long time ago, it was a hobby I had left behind, but now that I decided to design e-learning, sometimes I struggle to find the right images to illustrate the content.

So I thought it was good getting back to the basics and try to create my own artistic drawings. Nowadays we can easily convert a picture into a drawing applying filters and photo effects. But I think having basic graphic skills allow us to create and customize our own images.

Searching for free a illustration software, I found Artweaver; a full-featured painting tool recommended in various threads of ELH Community.

After having created my first drawings I can really recommend this tool. Artweaver comes with a huge set of predefined brushes, which are very realistic, they reminded me my pencils and brushes and I quickly started sketching and painting as in the old days.

Check some of them in the slideshow below:

It also lets you control layers, create transparent backgrounds, and apply filter effects, so it not only works great for painting, but also for image edition.  Check all the features for the free and paid versions.

Types of Graphics used in e-learning

It is almost impossible today to imagine an e-learning course without any media file. Images, graphics, videos, animations, diagrams, etc., they’re all an essential part of the content, they complement the text; and support the learning experience.

Researchers have found that users closely attend to images that are relevant to their tasks, but they rarely pay attention to pictures which serve no purpose other than fill screen space within the interface.  For that reason, we should be aware of the type of graphics contained in our course design.

Reading the book “e-Learning and the Science of Instruction” I found the Multimedia Principle extremely useful to relate the type of media with the learning purpose, the chart below sums up the concepts explained by the authors.

Graphic_types

It is extremely important we choose the appropriate media files for the courses we design, we should make sure the images, graphics, animations, or videos; contain information to help the learner to perform the task. Otherwise, they could be distracting and slow down the learning experience.

References:

Clark and Mayer (2011) “e-Learning and the Science of Instruction” 

Mayer, R. Principles for Multimedia Learning

Read more:

Shift e-Learning “Graphics for e-Learning: Which one should I use?”