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Realistic Graphics and Learning: What’s Most Effective?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Before you just place any old photo into an online course or informational website, it's a good idea to think about whether a realistic graphic is required. And if so, how much realism will be most effective? By realism, I mean how well a graphic appears to be a successful copy of its referent. A common assumption is that more realism corresponds to greater comprehension. But this assumption is not based on fact. Surprisingly, a lot of research points to the opposite; realistic graphics are

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