Simple Ways to Use E-Learning Characters
Obviously this is a challenge because most of us aren’t illustrators nor have access to graphic designers who can create custom characters for us. If that’s true for you, here are a few simple solutions:
- Choose characters that map to the context of your course. You may be stuck with generic stock photos, but choose the ones that align to your course content. For example, if you’re creating a medical course, select medically-themed characters. Also, instead of cut-out characters, select a character in a contextual background. Seems obvious, but it’s the first step.
- Select a consistent visual style. You’ll notice in the first image above that the characters range from photographic to illustrated vectors. Find a style that works and use it consistently. If you use photos, select the same type with similar backgrounds. If you use vectors, use the same style. Or flip it. If you always use photos, try illustrations. And you may be able to edit them to meet your specific needs.
- Shoot your own photos. At least two of the images above are not stock photos. Here’s a post with tips when shooting your own stock photos.
- Don’t use humans. Characters can be animals, icons, etc.
- Try some that are more dramatic or in your face images. Humor and drama go a long way to initiate engagement.