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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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LS107 Understanding the Elements of an eLearning Template

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, March 16

Instructional Design

An eLearning template is not a set of PowerPoint master slides. A true eLearning template is so much more, and has many elements and components. While a set of master backgrounds is a great start, there are often overlooked aspects of a template that are never considered. Designers and developers often begin with raw content and begin a project in their chosen authoring environment, rather than thinking through the overall user experience. For those projects that involve multiple modules where it’s important to keep a consistent look and feel, a template approach helps keep all assets organized across modules.

In this session, you’ll explore overall template themes, color schemas, master backgrounds, interaction templates, feedback templates, and more. You will learn how themes, branding, and colors of an eLearning course and module behave, including navigation to interactions, or even how feedback is presented as part of a template structure. Additionally, you’ll explore the documentation process of an eLearning template for team sharing.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The components of an eLearning template
  • The components of an eLearning template style guide
  • How to consider elements local to a screen, compared to global elements
  • How to use branding guidelines to develop a look and feel, and a color schema

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead and Owner

NuggetHead Studioz

Kevin Thorn is an award-winning eLearning designer with over 30 years’ experience in the training industry, with the last decade in eLearning. After retiring from the Army as a trainer, Kevin earned a technology management degree in pursuit of an IT career. When his interest in technology meshed with his passion for training, he found a new career in eLearning. Kevin’s experience in instructional design, storyboarding, eLearning development, LMS implementation, illustration, graphic design, storytelling, cartooning, and comics provides an awareness and knowledge to successfully work any eLearning project from cradle to grave.

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