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P03 BYOD: Visual Design Fundamentals

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday, April 18

We’re often expected to work within constraints of templates, logo usage requirements, colors, fonts, etc. However, this does not mean we need to create “standard” or boring learning content. Visually interesting design is everywhere; we interact with it daily and we can apply it to our own learning design and content. 

In this workshop, we will discover how designing learning content is a process and how it needs to be approached as such. We will explore some of the best practices to find design inspiration. We will work on breaking these designs down into their component parts to use as frameworks for creating our own design elements and templates that can then be used for delivering learning content. We will use this information, tips, and techniques shared during the workshop to sketch samples and build mockups and templates for use back on the job.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply visual design principles to enhance your work
  • How to apply visual design concepts to your projects in ways people typically consume content
  • How to use real world examples to create your own design resources for later application
  • How to work with existing design standards in new ways
  • How use a ‘sandbox’ approach to build mockups and samples

Prerequisite audience knowledge:

A basic understanding of computing concepts (zipping/unzipping files, cutting/pasting, etc.) is required. A general understanding of instructional design methods and models.

Participant technology requirements:

Laptop/tablet with PowerPoint (or similar, e.g., Google Slides), capability to access conference Wi-Fi, and although not required, having access to an authoring tool (e.g., Storyline, Captivate, etc.) will be beneficial.

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, and eLearning design and development, leading to an instructional design career. Tracy has over 15 years of experience in 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, and the webcast Nerdy Shop Talk, the Social Media/Marketing Director for the Canadian eLearning Conference, and a moderator of the weekly Twitter event #lrnchat.