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Guidelines for incorporating images into your course

    Images include illustrations, pictures, diagrams and icons, and they play a crucial role in promoting learning. They help:

    • Draw attention to a specific content element

    • Suggest analogies between new content and familiar knowledge

    • Support the understanding of the concepts

    • Motivate learners by making materials more interesting.

    An image can be accessed by clicking the Image icon in the Assets panel of the publishing tool.


    How big should an image be on a page?

    The maximum width and height allowed for images is 1080 x 2160 pixels, although most images fall within the range of 300 x 300 to 500 x 800 pixels. The image should ideally not extend below the red line on the bottom of each page of the Publishing tool. Learners should be able to clearly see the image without needing to zoom above 100%. 


    What types of images should I use?

    Images should be saved in the appropriate format: .png and/or .jpg.

    The image should be relevant to the content on the page or aesthetically appealing. Image quality should be of an acceptable standard (not blurry/grainy and easily discernible, including any text incorporated into the image). The images must also be of an appropriate nature (e.g. avoid images that portray excessive nudity, violence or images that may be easily considered offensive as our courses are available for learners globally).


    When should I use a border around an image?

    Image borders are generally used to make an image look more appealing and/or to help the image stand out from the other content on the page. Borders are most often used to help avoid an image blending too much into the background. It is at your personal discretion whether or not you wish to use borders for images. 


    How many images can go on a page?

    Typically, 1-3 images should suffice, although this may vary depending on the size of the images being utilised. We recommend that you are cautious of using too many images or images that are too big (i.e. ideally avoid using images that extend below the red line on the page in the Publishing tool) to ensure that the page does look cluttered and that images can be clearly discernible


    Should I always include an image caption?

    No, it is not necessary to always include an image caption. An image caption should be used to give some context of how the image relates to the content in the page. For example, if you are including an image as an illustration of a particular theory, model or specific person then an image caption would be preferable to inform the learner. Aesthetic images (i.e. images used to simply increase the visual/aesthetic look of a page) normally do not require an image caption. 

    Tips on using Images/Graphics:


    1. Avoid unnecessary or distracting images.

    2. Use complimentary images.

    3. Place images close to the text and other media elements (audio and video), to which they refer.

    4. Ensure the image size and appearance fits well with the other elements on the page.

    5. Use animated images instead of realistic photographs where possible; this convention works better for e-learning courses.

    6. Ensure that there aren't too many images on the page to avoid the page looking too cluttered.

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