Designing for Engagement

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Elements of Design

Lines divide. They can be used to form a border or separate parts of the design. Lines connect. They can…
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Use of Line

Lines can be used to great effect in design. They can be used to organize information. Lines can be used…
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Use of Shape

Children learn how to draw geometric shapes and identify them by the number of sides they have: triangles, squares, pentagons,…
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Use of Color

Good design intrigues the learner and draws them in. It evokes in them a desire to learn more. One way…
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Color Theory

Have you ever experimented with mixing paint colors together to form a new color? Red and yellow combine to make…
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Color Codes

When you find a great color you want to be able to replicate it. Two common ways that designers talk…
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Design Trends: Gradients

As the minimalism of flat design has given way to design trends that embrace more texture and shadow, gradients have…
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Use of Space

White space is the blank area around the other design elements. Some designs have very little white space. Others have…
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Use of Texture

Flat design principles have been very influential for the past decade in the world of web design. Flat design is…
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Design Trends: Dimension

In the early days of web design, many designers adapted a style called “skeuomorphism” where design elements are made to…
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Principles of Design

Contrast is the juxtaposition of like and unlike features. These could be light and dark color values, different shapes, different…
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Use of Contrast

Contrast is the juxtaposition of design elements that are different. The greater the difference, the higher the contrast. Color is…
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Use of Scale

What is scale? Scale refers to the size of an object relative to some other element of the design, while…
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Use of Repetition

Repetition is essential for creating consistency in a design. The more extensive the design (like an online course), the more…
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Use of Alignment

Alignment refers to lining up elements along an axis. There are two basic ways to do this: align elements along…
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Use of Proximity

The design principle of proximity is used to group items together. Proximity has to do with the relative amount of…
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Use of Symmetry

Sometimes symmetry is created by reflecting an image over an axis. Designs can be symmetrical along a vertical, horizontal, or…
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Use of Hierarchy

Hierarchy is all about directing the eye to look at the most important part of the design first, then at…
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Use of Photographs

When you look at the picture below, what is the first thing that you notice? The carving on the pillar?…

Designing with Technology

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How to Set up a Peer Review in Moodle

Workshop Moodle has an activity type called a Workshop that is designed for individual students to peer review each other’s…
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Using Images in Moodle

You may want to add images to your Moodle course on the course homepage or in pages, books, and lessons.…
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Video Conferencing for Meetings

There are many technologies we can use for communication these days. Email, texting, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter. The list goes…
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Moodle Books and Lessons

Moodle lessons and Moodle books are two common ways for presenting written content to students. Both are useful for different…
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Alternatives to Video

While video may be the first option that many of us think about using to create online lectures, there are…
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Best Practices for Using Video Online

Incorporating video in your course can be a great way to help learners engage with the content. Creating your own…
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Finding Images to Use

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but finding the right picture can be a challenging task. And once…
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Forum Subscriptions in Moodle

Moodle discussion forums are one of the primary ways that students interact with one another and with their facilitator in…
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Video Recording Tools

When you are teaching an online class, using video is a great way to increase your online presence as students…
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Presentation Tools

How do you present content to students when you teach in a face-to-face classroom? Do you lecture from notes? Write…
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Google Tools

At Horizon we frequently make use of Google tools to collaborate on projects. We find them so useful that we…
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Free Online Tools

If you need help finding the right tool to create content for your course, the following list is a good…