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816 B.Y.O.L.: Tips and Tricks for Creating Your eLearning Visuals on the Cheap

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Friday, October 31

Instructional Design

Gauguin 1 & 2

Visual design is one of the most important elements of effective eLearning. Unfortunately, it is also often the first element to get pushed aside when project deadlines loom and budgets evaporate. Instructional designers need to apply a wide array of resources and techniques in order to maintain visual-design quality in their eLearning programs.

In this hands-on session you will examine a number of creative and practical tips and tricks to give eLearning visuals cohesion and professional panache. You will explore a wide array of free and low-cost resources that you can use even when budgets shrink. You will apply practical tips, tools, and solutions that anyone can use to enhance the look and feel of their eLearning. You will leave this session able to look beyond the limits of what we think we can do and explore more creative alternatives.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How visual cohesion impacts learning and enhances communication
  • How to creatively leverage the photo tools you have at hand
  • Where to get free and/or cheap software and resources for visual design
  • How to leverage online tools to create, repurpose, and customize eLearning graphics and clipart

Novice designers and developers who are new or moderately experienced in eLearning design or development.

Technology discussed in this session:
PowerPoint and other online resources.

 Participant technology requirements:
A laptop with MS Office. A smartphone is beneficial, but not required.

Tracy Parish

Education Technology Specialist

Southlake Regional Health Centre

Tracy Parish is an education technology specialist for a regional health centre in the Greater Toronto area. She has a diverse educational background of computer programming, adult educational training, and eLearning design and development, leading to an instructional design career. Tracy has over 12 years of experience in face-to-face and online instructional design, development, and project management, as well as LMS implementation and administration. She is an active Articulate Community Hero, co-host of the Toronto Storyline User Group, the social media/marketing director for the Canadian eLearning Conference, and one of the moderators of the weekly Twitter event, #lrnchat.

Trina Rimmer

Sr. Manager of Marketing and Customer Engagement


As senior manager of marketing and customer engagement with Articulate, Trina Rimmer uses her many years of eLearning design and development expertise to nurture and grow the E-Learning Heroes community. Before joining Articulate, she worked as a designer, eLearning developer, and writer focused on delivering engaging, effective learning and performance solutions to various companies, from global aid organizations to Fortune 500s.

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