The Value of Visuals in Online Education

Concurrent Session 4

Brief Abstract

Our brains are hardwired for visual communication. But how can you build quality visual content into your online learning? This session explores the benefits of using video and visuals into online courses, and how you can easily begin adding high-quality video and images to improve student engagement and success.  


Ryan designs, implements, and maintains training curriculum to help educators improve communications using image and video creation tools. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where he teaches a fully online course in the Online Teaching and Instructional Design program. Prior to joining TechSmith in 2007, Ryan taught for 10 years in elementary grades through higher education. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University and his master’s degree in instructional technology and design from East Carolina University.

Extended Abstract

Our brains are hardwired for visual communication. In fact, almost 50 percent of our brains are involved in visual processing. But how do we harness the potential of visuals and video in the online educational environment?

In this session, attendees will get an overview of what makes visual communication so effective in online courses, as well as tips and tricks on how you can easily start using video and images in your online courses today.

Young people today communicate visually, whether via social media, texting with emojis or sending images to one another. Bring high-quality visuals and videos into your online courses has never been easier, but knowing what to create and how to create it is essential in ensuring you’re getting your point across.

From short-form video and animated gifs to infographics and simple still images, Attendees will explore the many ways visuals can help ensure better student outcomes.

Attendees will also learn

  • Easy steps to creating your own visuals for powerful storytelling
  • How video can help increase engagement and recall
  • How to integrate interactive elements into videos to make them even more powerful