In this issue, we will share with you the meaning of colours, form vs function considerations in design, and how they enhance the effectiveness of your design. We are also giving you a glimpse of the latest innovation learning solution we have created for our client. Scroll on!
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With the rapid advancement in technology, motion and depth sensing is no longer a fantasy but has become a common platform where people can interact with virtual environments. Especially with the release of Kinect, it has changed the way people play games, experience entertainment and offers the potential to transform how people interact with computers and virtual spaces.
Hooking up with the technology behind this revolutionary sensor, eLC has researched and developed a new iDirect Trainer System that utilize the equipment for armour vehicle marshalling. In addition to bringing the once outfield armour vehicle marshalling training indoor and providing a fun learning environment for our trainees, iDirect also makes learning cost effective and safe as the consequences of mistakes in outfield environment is severe both in human and financial costs.
Even though it is a virtual environment, practice of the marshalling gestures is not compromised as the Kinect sensor only detects proper gestures in order to proceed through the different stages. Kinect sensor sends out IR light while the CMOS Sensor will receive the reflected rays to detect objects in front of it. From the information received from the CMOS, the Kinect sensor is able to work out the Depth of each object from itself. With various other programs and technologies, specifics gestures detection then can be programmed to interact with the 3D environment accordingly.
With iDirect, eLC hopes to continue the empowerment of our clients with the use of learning technologies.
The use of colour in designing e-learning lessons is often a subjective and much debated topic. This is because colours have an ability to mean different things to different people based on their experiences. In design e-learning lessons, it is difficult to predict the mindset and learning experiences of the learners and as such it is important to understand the implications of using the various colours and their impact on the psyche of learners.
Colours invoke an emotional response from viewers and the choice of the right colours can aid the learners in having the appropriate emotional response1. In designing e- learning lessons, the choice of colours plays a part in not just the choice of the background and texts but also the layout and flow of your presentations.
A summary of the common colours used during presentations, their meaning and their effect on learners is given in table 1.
Often, colours are used in combinations to achieve the intended aim. A good combination of text and background colours can bring much life to lessons that are being designed. On the flipside, a bad colour combination can lead to a situation where the learner is frustrated at the perceived lack of guidance.
The two most basic colour combinations that are chosen are the dark background with light text and the light background with dark text. These combinations can tease differing effects from the users and must be used appropriately. The light text on a dark background combination makes for easy reading and allows the content presented to be easily received by the learners. However, the dark text on light background combination has an opposite effect where learners often find themselves having to re- read the content that is presented. This might not be effective for content-intensive packages. Having said that, there are some colour combinations that should be avoided to ensure that learning does not become a challenge. These are summarised in Table 2.
Thus, consider the effects of colours and colour combinations when designing your next e-learning lesson!
1.Lerner, Kevin. The Psychology of Colours in PowerPoint Presentation. Presentation Tips – PowerPoint Tips “How to” PowerPoint Ideas. Retrieved 8/6/2012 from http://www.presentationteam.com/presentation-tips/powerpoint-tips/the-psychology- of-color-in-powerpoint-presentations
2.Colour_Expert. Colour: Meaning, Symbolism & Psychology. Squidoo.com-Education- Arts & Humanities-Visual Arts. Retrieved 9/6/2012 from http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert
3.Paradi, Dave. Choosing colours for your Presentation Slides. Think Outside the Slide. Retrieved 8/6/2012 from http://www.thinkoutsidetheslide.com/articles/choosing_colors_for_slides.htm
Colours, motion sensors, good form or is function more important? We hope this issue brings another perspective to how you approach your design! Happy learning!