November 16, 2020 |

Graphics in Learning Material (part 2)

The number one rule is that graphics should not distract the learners from your content. So, you should pay attention to the subject, colours, size, and placement of your images and while it might sound obvious, make sure you are using the appropriate images at the right time -there is no need to bombard your learners with images just to fill in space or make it look exciting. The images you use should link to the contact and are intended to reinforce and support your training material, so before using an image ask yourself whether it is relevant or indeed helpful to the learner in how they consume the material.  The famous advice of Coco Chanel in regard to what you wear of which goes along the lines of: “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off” is equally useful in when thinking of how you incorporate and use graphics.


Once your graphic has been chosen, the next step is to select an appropriate size and format. Among the most common file types that in are: jpg, .png, .bmp. tiff and .gif and you need to keep in mind the image’s file size as if it is too large it could impact the way your pages load.

If the course material will be online it is worth remembering that while high-resolution graphics looks nice and crisp, they can take a considerable amount of space. As well, high-resolution graphics may take a long time to load and that can cause annoyance and frustration for learners, so you risk alienating them to the actual course content. Probably the best approach is to start with a high-resolution graphic and then resize and squeeze it down as much as possible.  This doesn’t work as well with scaling small images up as the graphic may appear pixilated, so best to start with the bigger, better resolution and downsize it.

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March 10, 2014 |

Welcome to our new client DASSI (Disability Attendant Support Service Inc), a not for profit providing support to those who require in-home care.


The lovely Barbara Stapleton has been out at DASSI for the past two weeks doing all levels off Office 2010 training and had a great time. Thank you DASSI for having us on-board!

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November 28, 2011 |

A month of SharePoint Docs Management

Coorparoo, Brisbane.

In early October I began delivering sessions to Vision Australia staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on how to work with shared documents in Microsoft SharePoint (uploading, checking in, co-authoring etc) and last week I finished the task.  Over 6 weeks l I delivered 84 sessions to many hundreds of users.  I have to say I was initially worried about the size of project, but once I got into it and started having fun with it the reptition became a challenge.  Having such lovely users also helped and I was particularly stretched by delivering some sessions to people who low vision who used a product called Zoom Text.  In these sessions there was no overhead and I had to be most creative and particularly clear in describing where to find things and and what clues to look for.  For example, many of the low vision users are also colour blind, so as I discovered there was no point to saying things like ‘the small green arrow’ and sing Zoom Text means they are only focusing on one small aspect of the screen and may never view a window in its entirety.

One of the highlights for me, was having the guide dogs (doggie learners themselves or the PR dogs), coming into a class with their trainers.  They bring a whole different energy and it always made my day when one arrived. I am big on the energy of a room, so I am always there early to warm it up; which for me means burning aromatherapy oils (Lemongrass or orange to pep things up followed by some Lavender or Sandalwood to create bottom notes of calm were my choices for this particular project). Plus I made a playlist on my iPod and bring it and speakers in.  I chose some Phillipa Giordano and Cecilia Bartoli for the classical and Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dusty Springfield for the jazz component.  I am actually a big fan of the album called The Abbey by the Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo and when I was playing Ave Verum Corpus one lady walked in the room for the course and came straight up to me and hugged for having this playing.  As I say, people in this organisation were a delight to work with.  Some photos of the dogs (naturally :-) ), follow:

This is Eadie (Robyn and Gayle are her human colleagues)

This is Wilbo, he is only 16 months old.

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