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The Interesting Evolution of Visual Learning

22 March 2017

The human race has always appreciated and enjoyed delivery of visual content. Visual learning is present everywhere but it has come a long way since its origin. Let’s take a plunge into its journey and evolution.

Pre-Historic times  

Historic

Visual learning existed even before we came into this world. In the pre-historic times, symbols like deers, horses etc were carved on rocks. Cave dwellers also painted on the walls with natural colours from charcoal, flowers, and plants. Sculptures were created to depict lives of people. Visual learning prevailed even before reading/writing a well-defined language came into the picture.

Ancient Monuments  

Ancient times

You must have observed that the ancient monuments depict mythological stories and the lifestyle of the people of that time. These painting and sculptures were made not just to add beauty and grandeur to the monuments but also to tell stories in such a way that could be easily interpreted by anyone.

Theatres

Theatres

Later on, theatres stepped in and introduced live entertainment through plays. At times, they also conveyed social messages and educated people. These plays brought hefty books to life. The essence of a large story or a part of it was presented to the audience in a visual form. Humour, music, and dancing were also added to hook the audience. This ignited huge interest in the public. People understood things better and remembered them for long.

Movies & Televisions

With the evolution of technology, the stories were produced in the form of movies and then, screened in the theatres. The first movie did not even have sound. It was purely a visual experience. Later on, televisions were introduced and they gradually became a popular medium for entertainment.

Brands & Products 

Brands & Products

Visual learning is incorporated into product & factory designs since long. It has been an integral part of branding too. If you think of brands like Audi or Mercedes, you first visualise their logo. This is what the logos are created for! To make you identify and recall the brand visually. Many brands have been using videos and print ads to educate the public about their products & brands. 

Visual factory is another fabulous use of visual learning. It is a concept from lean manufacturing industry and is used to convey vital information visually because repetitive verbal/written communication may waste time and resources. 

You can also find visual display of controls on your electronic appliances. This eliminates the need for any verbal or written directions for use.

Computers  

Computers

Look how far we have come with the invention of computers. Today, 3D viewing, visual effects, and animation are a part of every other video.

The way kids learn nursery rhymes has also come a long way. They enjoy the learning through animated visuals. 

Internet 

The quotations you read on social media have some or the other visual elements added to it in order to captivate you. The social media takes great delight in expressing through memes because plain words can’t express the point with that clarity. 

Visual learning may have spread as a component of e-learning but it has many more dimensions to it. E-Learning is any kind of learning complemented with electronic technology. The introduction of e-learning has helped the penetration of distance learning in general public.

Do you remember the telephone in your house when you were a kid? That was the only way of communicating in real time with the people who were far away. Today, video calling is changing the scenario. It has brought a massive transformation in the way people prefer to communicate & learn.

Plain audio and text have been a traditional medium for learning since long. Visual learning used to be extremely expensive earlier. Devices like cameras, printers, and computers that produced a bulk of visuals were not so affordable then. But today these devices are everywhere. 

In addition to that, large-scale data transfer and storage was not feasible few decades ago. Internet, cloud computing, and data processing technologies changed the scenario drastically. Now we have inexpensive production and easy access to visual content. Once you realise the plethora of learning opportunities at your disposal, there is no stopping you from learning all you want.