May 27th meeting

You are invited to the monthly meeting of the E-Learning Network–a group of e-learning professionals representing Memphis-area corporations and organizations.

  • When: 11:45 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Thursday, May 27th, 2010
  • Where: University of Memphis, College of Education, Ball Hall 320
  • Featured Speaker: Kevin Thorn of AutoZone
  • Topic: “Learner User Interface: Developing Themed Graphics to Enhance your eLearning”
  • Who’s Invited: anyone interested in teaching and learning, particularly in the workforce
  • You are welcome to bring your lunch.

About the E-Learning Network: http://eln.teachable.org

Session Summary: We often refer to an interface as the “GUI” (Gooey), or Graphic User Interface. In e-Learning, it is more about the learner than the graphics, but we tend to get lost in the presentation. The “LUI” (Looey), or Learner User Interface focuses on the visual attractiveness of the graphics with an emphasis on usability and visual communication. With a better understanding of the Looey concept, an e-Learning course developer can rapidly design themes around content. Themes can then be reused in the form of templates for rapid development.

Session participants will learn how the LUI enhances the appeal to an e-Learning course themed around the content. You’ll learn that engaging a learner in the first few seconds determines their attentiveness throughout the course and that communicating with visual elements will help them retain information. You’ll learn how to put it all together, with the learner at the center, and build an interface that supports the content rather than hindering it.

Audience:
Intermediate designers, developers, and others with knowledge of instructional and interface design. Experience using graphic editing software and/or e-Learning development tools will be helpful.

BIO:
Kevin Thorn was a tactical trainer in the Army. After retirement, he attended Christian Brothers University and earned a B.S. in Information Technology Management. He taught himself instructional theories by reading and studying others and he taught himself elearning skills using a variety of software development tools. Kevin currently works for AutoZone in Memphis, TN. as the Manager of Learning Technologies. He is fully immersed in the design & development of e-Learning courses and manages the company’s LMS. Kevin’s experience is in e-Learning development, instructional design, graphics design, LMS implementation, and e-Learning content management. He is also a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist, and animator.

Please forward this notice to interested colleagues, or those you know involved in training and learning initiatives.

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