| Tools for teaching - A visual aids workshop, and instruction manual for health educators |
|Session 1. Introduction to the visual aids workshop|
1) Divide participants into teams. Ideally, team members should live and/or work in the same general location so that they can get together easily to complete homework assignments. The optimum arrangement is to set up four teams of three to four members each.
2) Distribute PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNICATION DESIGN (handout 1.4.1).
3) After teams have reviewed the manual for a few minutes, ask participants to name the principle characteristics of an effective visual aid. Request a volunteer to write these items on a large piece of paper taped to the wall. The list should contain the following design considerations
• simple (in terms of both concept and design)
• easily understood
• easy to use
• cost effective
• sensitive to local customs and traditions
• colorful (to attract and hold attention)
• appropriate (in terms of subject, occasion, and audience)
• stimulating (to encourage audience participation)