© 2016, IGI Global. The visual is a dominant mode of information retrieval and understanding however, the focus on the visual dimension of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is still quite weak in relation to its predominant focus on usability. To accommodate the future needs of the visual learner, designers of e-learning environments should advance the current attention on usability and functionality to include aesthetics, the visual and the affective. The challenge lies in finding a way to fully address the needs of the visual learner. This paper explores the role of visual aesthetics in improving engagement in online learning.
Carroll, F., & Kop, R. (2016). Colouring the gaps in learning design: Aesthetics and the visual in learning. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 14(1), 92-103. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJDET.2016010106