Design Part 1: Interaction design against the odds

Price: £195.00
5 April 2013
De Vere West One

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Conceiving and designing meaningful interaction for e-learning is a great challenge. With tight timescales and even tighter budgets, we are often forced to re-use existing templates or exclude real interaction altogether. But does it have to be this way?

We are grateful to Walkgrove for sponsoring this event.
In this event, you will look at the nuts and bolts of interaction and screen design, explore the notion that all interaction is really a question, see what design tools are at your disposal and find out how to squeeze quality interaction out of the pressured resources at your disposal.We are grateful to Walkgrove for sponsoring this event.
In this event, you will look at the nuts and bolts of interaction and screen design, explore the notion that all interaction is really a question, see what design tools are at your disposal and find out how to squeeze quality interaction out of the pressured resources at your disposal.


What is interaction?

Session overview

What’s it for?
What is it?
What happens if you don’t have it?
What flavours does it come in?

About the speaker: Ben Betts

Ben Betts is a gamer, entrepreneur and learning geek. He combines these passions to create social and game-based learning projects, working with organisations in the UK and USA to create learning experiences with impact beyond their means. As CEO of HT2 his clients include Google, BP, NHS, Barclays, Pearson Education, Cambridge University, Oxford University and many more.

Ben studied at Exeter, Liverpool and Warwick universities, with varying degrees of success. His MBA focussed on the concept of 'tipping point' change within large organisations. His recently completed doctorate created an innovation in workplace E-learning that is now in use around the world.

In 2013 Ben has contributed to two books; Teaching and Learning Online (Routledge) and The Really Simply Guide to E-Learning (Wiley) and written numerous articles for academic journals, industry magazines and learning technology blogs.

Screen design – the gateway to the Magic Kingdom

Session overview

The nuts and bolts of interaction design.
Taming the graphic designer.
Using colour, shape, space and position.
Text, fonts and hierarchies.

About the speaker: Neil Lasher

Neil Lasher is a leading light in both the eLearning and 'mobile' industry. One of the pioneers of both of these methods of delivery, Neil has pushed the envelope at every opportunity and always challenges the existing rules of learning to forge new methods so that the end user takes away the very best content and has the most engaging experience.

A lively speaker, Neil has been sought by many conferences around the world to present in his entertaining manner. Neil has published many new papers on Instructional Design and mobile learning techniques and creates high voltage learning events, all in plain speak and easily understood.
Neil sits on the advisory board of UK's Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), is a past president of ASTD (UK Network) and past vice chair of eLearning network.

A very experienced consultant, Neil ensures his clients can create the very best experience for the most discerning of professionals. His LinkedIn recommendations speak for themselves.

Question design – is all interaction really a question?

Session overview

Good question design is at the core of what we do as interaction designers.
What’s going on when we make a choice?
What makes a good question?
So you think you know a bad question when you see one?

About the speaker: Tony Frascina

Tony Frascina is a freelance learning designer with extensive experience in training, teaching and research. Originally from an educational background, he undertook research in human-computer interaction, presenting his work on user-centred design to a world-wide audience. As a learning designer, he works with organisations of all shapes and sizes. He also delivers master classes on learning design and is currently Chair of Judges of the E-Learning Awards.

Tools for designing interaction – spanner in the works or artist’s easel?

Session overview

Many different authoring tools exist, allowing us to create rich interactions.
This session will be a quickfire demonstration of modern tools for designing interaction.

About the speaker: Richard Hyde

After a degree in zoology, Richard was attracted by the potential of IT in education and studied for an MSc in IT. He then took on a PhD in Multimedia Technology; designing and evaluating molecular modeling tools for chemistry education. Finally escaping academia, he was then a consultant at Boots; designing and implementing their retail e-learning infrastructure.

In 1998 Richard joined BYG Systems as a Senior Project Manager. In 2003 he helped form Atlantic Link. He conceived and managed the development of the Atlantic authoring suite to an international customer base before the sale of the company in 2010.

Mind Click has allowed Richard to return to his creative passion - conceiving innovative learning solutions across multiple media and channels.

Richard is on the board of the e-Learning Network and he works as a judge for eLearning Awards.

Sponsor slot - Walkgrove Ltd.

Session overview

We are delighted to have Walkgrove as sponsors of this event. Sarah will be talking about the newly formed eLearning Industry Charity.

About the speaker: Sarah Smith

Sarah is Managing Director at Walkgrove Ltd.

Working in the pressure cooker

Session overview

If you're trying to design interactions whilst working against the clock and on a limited budget, then consider the following:

- When is on screen interaction the right thing to do and when isn't it
- The more alien your encoding context is to the learners' retrieval context the less they will remember
- Are your learners Tron?

About the speaker: Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor has worked with an L&D environment for 20 years. Having honed his facilitation skills delivering face to face learning events, he now concentrates his efforts in raising the profile of current and emerging technologies and how they can be used to enhance and enrich the learners experience whilst adding demonstrable benefit to the business.

Craig works as the Learning Technologies Manager for Bupa International where he is currently undertaking a Global Learner Survey to get to the root of his learners expectations whilst concurrently taking a hatchet to his organisations statutory training. He is also the owner of TayloringIt, a small startup consultancy specialising in helping individuals and organisations 'get to grips' with learning technologies.