Chapter 7

Explaining Visuals

The Power of Explanations

Use of Text and Audio to Explain Visuals

When Not to Use Words

Should You Explain Visuals With Text, Audio, or Both?

Maximizing the Benefits of Audio Narration

When to Explain Visuals With Text and Audio

Explanations and the Brain

When to Explain Visuals With Text Alone

Where Should Text Be Placed?

Applying Explanations to Your Training


Imagine that you have lined up a set of visuals for your lesson. You have identified some screen captures to illustrate a computer procedure. Next you need to write the words to describe the actions in the visuals. Many trainers believe that words placed in text plus audio narration of those words accommodate different learning styles as well as learners ...

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