Reducing Bullets Points and On-screen Text
One of the most common questions e-learning designers ask is how to reduce bullets in their courses. It's a great question because bullet points effectively organize content and increase readability when used appropriately. So, why are bullet points so misused?
One reason is they're easy, right? You're in a hurry, and your storyboard is already developed – the bullet points practically beg you to copy-paste them to the slide. So, how can you begin using more supporting visuals instead of bullet points?
Here are a few ways to reduce bullet points:
- Rewrite as a question and allow the narration to answer the question
- Shorten bullet points from complete sentences to a phrase or even a word
- Use one bullet point per slide
- Use an image, graphic, chart, or animation in place of each bullet
The following screencasts demonstrate some before and after examples.
Another approach for reducing bullet points and on-screen text.
Progressive Reveals: Less Text and More Multimedia
Progressive reveal is a storytelling technique where designers reveal information or content gradually, in a step-by-step manner, rather than presenting everything at once.
Share Your Tips and Resources for Bullet Point Makeovers
Got a favorite tip or approach for making bullet points more engaging and effective? Share your ideas in the comments below.