Many teachers use their own materials in the classroom and the content of these handouts is only half of the document. The other half is the visual elements: graphics, page layout, typography, etc. While lots of thought and energy went into the creation of content, often the visual elements are ignored (Kelly, 1998). Teachers should be concerned about these elements because research has shown that visual design effects comprehension (Gasser, et al., 2005, Walker, 2001) and motivation (Smiley, 2004, Misanchuk, 1992). This presentation reviewed visual design research and offered concrete suggestions for improving it.
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