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Descriptions of Assets

    There are 14* assets available for creating your course:

    1. Heading: Utilised to display a page title prominently. It's crucial for providing learners with a clear indication of the page's content. Recommended font size: H4, with a regular style font.

    2. Text Block: Inserts a placeholder text onto the page, which can be replaced with your own content and repositioned as needed.

    3. Image: Place a placeholder image onto the page. Simply click on it to upload your own image from the Edit menu.

    4. List: Adds a bullet list to the page. Paste your text and utilise the backspace and return keys to arrange the list accordingly.

    5. Divider: Introduces a blank space onto the page. You can resize and reposition it to organise other assets effectively.

    6. Video: Embeds a placeholder video onto the page. Click on it to add your video URL from the Edit menu.

    7. Audio: Inserts an audio player onto the page. Click on it to upload an audio file from the Edit menu.

    8. Language: Combines an audio player with a text field. Upload your audio file and input the corresponding text from the Edit menu.

    9. Vertical Tabs: Incorporates a tabbed presentation onto the page, suitable for text and images.

    10. Modal: Adds a pop-up window to the page, ideal for providing additional information.

    11. Accordion: Introduces a tabbed presentation onto the page, suitable for text and images.

    12. Horizontal Tabs: Inserts a tabbed presentation onto the page, suitable for text and images.

    13. Table: Places a table onto the page, which can be formatted using the options in the Edit menu.

    14. Mathematical Equation*

     

     

    Paragraph Asset

    A variety of different types of assets for presenting course material are available. A paragraph asset contains written text and is one the most important types of media available for communicating course content. 

    Great attention should be given to its graphic display and integration with images. Display on-screen text to provide the best readability and clarity. For example, consider word and row spacing to improve text readability. We generally recommend using the default font size of 14, however depending on the users’ device targeting, a font size of 16 may be used. We do, however, recommend that all or the vast majority of text is the same font size in order to ensure consistency throughout the course. 

    There are six main types of course content that can be included in a paragraph:

    1. Facts refer to specific information that answers questions, such as who, where, how and when? Facts can be shown, exhibited or indicated in course material. Examples include: data, lists and historical events.

    2. Procedures are a series of clearly defined steps, aimed at performing tasks. Procedures answer the question: "How to...?"

    3. Concepts are a group of objects, entities or ideas that are defined by a single word. They require definition. Concepts answer the question: "What is...?"

    4. A principle (or rule), describes a relationship between concepts. For example: "Price increases, as supply decreases". Some principles can be translated into strategic guidelines, which can guide decisions and tasks. For example, what are the guidelines for dealing with price volatility?

    5. Interpersonal skills are verbal and non-verbal skills that are useful for interacting with people. 

    6. Attitudes are a predisposition for certain behaviours. For example, course content may be included that relates to promoting "the urgency to adopt attitudes for limiting the effects of climate change", if this is the intended outcome.

     

    Header Asset

    A variety of different types of assets for presenting course material are available. As shown below, a header asset is used to add a heading or headings to a page. 

    The header asset can be used to put a header title at the top of the page. This aids learning by indicating what the content of the page is about. The header asset can also be used to put subheadings within the page content. This aids learning by segmenting the course material into smaller sections.

    We recommend that you consider the following when creating header assets:

    • Headings should be presented in hierarchical order as shown in the example above (i.e. there is a main heading and subheading beneath, which is in a smaller font size). 

    • We recommend a heading size of H4 or H5 for main headings and a heading size of H5 or H6. 

    • Headings can be presented with a colour or no colour background – we recommend using a no colour background for a subheading if the main heading includes a colour background (as shown in the example above). 

     

    List Asset

    You can insert a list by clicking on the List icon in the Assets panel of the publishing tool:

     

    Use lists to organise the information you are presenting to learners. For example, you can use bullet point lists or numeric lists to separate items in a list or to focus attention on them.

    We generally recommend using the default font size of 14, however depending on the users’ device targeting, a font size of 12 or 16 may be used. We do, however, recommend that all or the vast majority of text is the same font size in order to ensure consistency throughout the course. We also advise that you can include anywhere from 3-12 points in a bullet point list. Depending on the content in the list, it is at your own discretion whether you want to use a bullet point or numbered list (i.e. you can change the list style under the edit function after choosing the List Asset).

     

    Divider Asset

    You can insert a Divider asset by clicking on the Divider icon in the Assets panel of the publishing tool:

    A Divider Asset is used to insert a white space/divider between other media elements on the page. For instance, a Divider Asset is often used to help improve the aesthetic appeal of a page by helping to improve the page layout. 

     

    Video Asset

    An image asset can be inserted by clicking on the image icon in the Assetspanel of the publishing tool:

    Video is a very effective type of media that makes it possible to reproduce behaviour, processes or procedures the way they appear in real life. It can also be used to present a case study and is especially effective in role plays to illustrate interpersonal communication situations. 

    Guidelines for using Videos:

    • Format: Preferred format is MP4.

    • Video Codec: Preferred H.264, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or H.265 (HEVC).

    • Compression ratio 1:1/square.

    • Minimum for HD (preferred format) 720p 1280 × 720 16:9 aspect ratio.

    • Standard Definition (SD) 4:3 aspect ratio 640 × 480.

    • Standard Definition (SD) 16:9 aspect ratio 640 × 360.

    • Duration: Videos can range from 15 seconds to 20 minutes, depending on the nature of content. 

     

    Audio Asset

    An AudioAsset can be inserted by clicking on the Audio icon in the Assetspanel of the publishing tool:

    Correct use of audio greatly increases the effectiveness of a course. Audio can be used in combination with on-screen text to summarise or expand key points or to accompany video sequences.

    Guidelines for using Audio assets:

    • Audio should be used in mp3 format only.

    • Quality (64 kbps @ 44.1 lHz).

    • Duration (audio clips can range from 15 seconds to 15 minutes).

    • All audios to be compressed to the format.

     

    Language Asset

    A LanguageAsset can be inserted by clicking on the Language icon in the Assetspanel of the publishing tool:

    The language asset combines audio with text to enable publishers to build effective language courses. The first column is always the audio; the second and third columns can be used for the text for the languages. 

     

    Tab Assets – General

    Tab assets promote effective learning by segmenting the course material into smaller sections. 

    You can insert a tab asset by clicking on the Vertical tabs, Modal, Accordion or Horizontal tab icons in the Assets panel of the publishing tool as highlighted in the image below:

     

    The type of tab you should use will depend on the type of content, for example, if the tab headings are very long then it may look better to use an accordion tab vs. horizontal tabs. It is also important to note that you can only insert a maximum of 5 tabs into vertical and horizontal tabs, whereas you can insert up to 9 tabs into an accordion tab asset. 

     

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