Bader, J., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2018). Using visual design to improve the online learning experience: A synthesis of research on aesthetics. In I. Bouchirka, N. Harrati, & P. Vu (Eds.), Handbook of research on learner experience and usability in online education (pp. 1-35). IGI Global. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-4206-3.ch001
There is an abundant amount of literature on visual design principles, graphic design theory, and media theory. Yet very little is discussed, at least in a systematic way, about the process of making online courses aesthetically pleasing. A major obstacle to gaining such knowledge is the lack of understanding of applied definitions, conceptual ideas, and methods of creating online learning interfaces. In this chapter, the authors seek to clarify the process of using visual design to improve the online learning experience. The chapter concludes with strategies on how colleges and universities can help faculty and instructional designers learn visual design skills through the creation of a design studio.
Keywords: Visual design; graphic design; online learning; instructional design
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