P12 B.Y.O.L.: Visual Design for eLearning and Slides

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday, September 29


eLearning is a visual medium, yet most designers have not been trained in visual design. Effective graphics in an eLearning project are essential to learning success, yet many instructional designers do not know what makes an effective graphic. Practitioners often find the visual aspect of eLearning to be challenging and frustrating.

In this hands-on workshop you will cover the components of visual design (space, image, and typography) and the foundational principles of graphic design. Using PowerPoint as your graphic editor, you will practice by applying design principles to eLearning templates and graphics. You will also consider ways to optimize graphics to promote learning. You will leave this workshop able to design with intention, rather than making random or haphazard design choices.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to make intentional design choices that make your visuals appealing and effective
  • How to create graphics that meet your needs through layout, imagery, and typography
  • The foundational principles of visual design
  • How to design visual templates for eLearning
  • How to explain your design choices with confidence

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Computer graphics for Windows or Mac using PowerPoint.

Participant technology requirements:
A laptop with PowerPoint preferred (free trials should be available). A robust graphics editor, such as Photoshop, could also work.

Connie Malamed

Learning experience design consultant; publisher of The eLearning Coach website

founder of the Mastering Instructional Design membership community

Connie Malamed is a learning experience design consultant; publisher of The eLearning Coach website and podcast; and founder of the Mastering Instructional Design membership community. She is an author, international speaker, and workshop facilitator in the fields of learning experience design, Design Thinking, and visual communication. Connie has helped non-profit, government, and corporate clients improve performance by creating meaningful learning experiences for more than 20 years. She is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers. In 2018, she was honored with the Guild Master award for contributions to the learning technologies community.

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