Why OER? - What did you expect to find here?
From my days of learning design for distance education, there is a fine balance between:
- Content design
- Linguistic design
- Visual design
I think we need to try and keep these things in balance. Sometimes we need to tweak a little extra text to get the balance with the visuals right. Part of the shifting around I did last Saturday was to get the balance right with the visual elements and the text. In my view reducing the images to 200px is not the right balance and doesn't do justice to Sunshine's work. We haven't specified a style guidline for images ==> but the grid needs to be consistent thoughout the handbook. We can't have images of 200px on one page and then 400 pix on the next page.
The use of pedagocial templates also enhances the professionalism of the output in accordance with accepted practice in design for aysnchronous materials.
I think this page will be a good test case for sorting out layout guidelines.