A picture is worth one thousand words, especially to a student learning a new concept. Visualization is an important cognitive connector. Knowing this to be true, we look to add “content rich” images to our online instruction. Images in an online course can increase understanding for our mainstream students, as well as better support our English language learners, our visual processing students, and create better foundations for our students with less subject scheme (background information). According to a Social Science Research Network, Reaching the Visual Learner, 65% of people are visual learners. This means most people have the need to see what they are learning for complete cognitive processing.
Now that we agree on the importance of using images in our online course, let’s talk about how to get the most learning out of those images. Inserting an image near corresponding text is our first step, but what if students could do more than just view that image? In this post, I’ll introduce you to nine free online tools for students to interact with any image you choose. These tools provide student engagement, practice of knowledge application, and checking for understanding... All within your online course.
All of these tools are created by H5P, an MIT project and licence. Learn more about their multimedia tools here. H5P accounts are complete free to create and build.
If you are new to building and using online interactive tools in your online course, my advice is just look for one tool that you think would help your students better comprehend their learning or help them check their own understanding. Just start with one and go from there.
1. Drag & Drop
This tool is as simple as it sounds. Learners can drag and drop word labels to identify parts of an image. This tool can also be used for learners to drag and drop smaller images onto a larger, main image. Enable your students to associate words to images in order to check their understanding.
2. Hot Spots
In this tool, instructors can identify specific spots on an image and add text. Then the instructor can state a specific task, such as find the mitochondria in the cell diagram. Students select the spot on the image and check their understanding with text revealed for immediate feedback.
3. Question & Answer
Instructors provide an image and a question. Then students answer based on the image. Instructors can also insert text for specific and immediate feedback.
Are your students learning the order of a process? This tool provides an opportunity to order images based on the sequence the instructor creates. The leaner is timed and the number of moves the student uses to complete the sequence are both recorded within the tool.
Create an easy to use image display presentation with responsive image sliders and a full-screen option. This presentation pre-loads the next image for snappy image switching. Instructors can also insert alternative (alt.) text for screen-readers and accessibility.
Use this interactive tool to show change through layering images. For example, show the growth of a city through a layered map. Instructors can even add a short explanation for each layer or image. Students can move back and forth through each layer.
Don't let the elementary icon fool you. Remember you select the images to use from your own content images. Learners check their understanding by pairing images. Once all images have been paired, learners can check their answers and receive immediate feedback.
Learners use an interactive slider to view and compare two images. Sliders can be used both vertically and horizontally. Instructors can set the starting slider position and label images for more meaning.
Do you have multiple images to show students? Instructors can use this tool to customize a layout with 11 different settings. For example, some of the options include: pan and zoom, spacing, outer frame size, and height of collage. Create an organized image layout for students to view without scrolling forever.
Images can be incredibly powerful. These free interactive tools assist in getting the most learning out of your content images. You can create the opportunity for your students to apply, discover, and check their understanding using images, without a direct grade penalty. Also, each tool can be completely embedded into your online course to keep your students in their learning environment. Ultimately, you are creating an engaging and interactive learning experience. Want assistance in building your engaging online learning environment? I can help you with that! Check out my customizable instructional design services to see what package would help you meet your goals.
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H5P: 9 Image Interactive Free Tools
*All tools and examples were created by H5P.
Nicole Mace believes that distance education is a true game changer. She has spent close to a decade in education and spends her free time reading anything she can get her hands on about online learning.
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