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Designing Presentation Visuals for Deep Learning

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • UW Extension 5602 Research Park Blvd. Madison, WI


  • Registration option for student members.

Designing Presentation Visuals for Deep Learning

Date & Location:

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

UW Extension

5602 Research Park Blvd.

Madison, WI

Registration Networking at 1:30 PM

 Program runs from 2:00 – 4:00 PM




ASTD SCWC Members - $25

Non-Member Guests - $35


Session Description:


Are you looking for ways to improve your instruction through impactful visuals? Would applying visual principles for deep learning help learners better understand your content? Do you need to be more “literate” in visual language? If yes, then the upcoming October program is for you!

According to neuroscientists, the brain’s visual pathway is superior to all other senses. Our brains remember images more easily than words. As learning professionals, we need to leverage the power of visuals in our training and instruction. By attending this program, you’ll learn about effective visual language and how to transform text-heavy content into deeper learning experiences. Grounded in evidence-based research on how adults learn, this session will include examples, discussion opportunities, and application principles. Walk away with some practical ideas to help transform your visuals into powerful learning.


During this session, you’ll apply “Design Thinking” to the creation of visuals for deep learning by drawing from research in the learning sciences. You’ll be able to:

1.    Match the type of content you’re teaching to appropriate visual types.

2.    Discern when to use bullet lists effectively.

3.    Apply principles for visual design to aid deep learning of complex content.

4.    Manage learner cognitive overload when designing visuals.

Join us for a fun, interactive session you won’t want to miss!


About our Presenter:



Diana L. Howles is owner and president of Howles Associates, LLC, specializing in multimedia communication solutions. Diana has studied and delivered presentations for nearly three decades. She coaches clientele to deliver successful in-person and virtual presentations, and also works on-camera and as voiceover talent. Diana also provides on-camera speech coaching for Internet video. As a seasoned presenter, she has addressed hundreds of audience, and was the recipient of the National Speakers Association’s Youth Cavett Robert Award. Her background in visual design has evolved from effectively crafting presentation visuals to leveraging visual communication technologies for adult learning. As a writer, her articles have been accepted for publication in Training Magazine’s online media and traditional print venues. She is also an AWAI-trained copywriter and scriptwriter for multimedia projects. Over the years, her clientele have included corporate, government, financial, non-profits and academic institutions.


In the field of education and training, Diana brings over twenty-five years of experience. She has worked as a corporate trainer and instructional designer for multimedia development, e-learning, blended learning, web conferences, and the traditional classroom. She has trained trainers and taught teachers. As a former instructor at private and public higher education institutions, Diana is a proven educator with a passion for lifelong learning. She is a past South Central Chapter President for the Association for Talent Development (ATD)--formerly, The American Society for Training and Development, and a past chapter Vice President of Communications & Marketing. She earned her MA in speech communication and rhetoric from Colorado State University and holds a BA in business and communication. She also delivers keynote speeches for various events and presents at local, regional, and national conferences.







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