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Using Imagery to Enhance Learning

Most faculty live in a world of words, whether it be lecturing, writing, or reading, and for this reason think in terms of text when creating learning modules. But images capture our attention in ways that words cannot. The video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse illustrates the problem of resonance frequencies in structures better than a text description does. Imagery can also convey significance better than text alone. The image of the frozen egg in March of the Penguins helps the viewer understand the hardships that penguins face on an emotional level in a way that reading about it alone cannot. For this reason, faculty and course developers can greatly enhance learning and retention by supplementing their lessons with imagery.

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