Professional Development Webinars

Blackboard with chalk writing: Slide Design for eLearning
  • Date: December 11, Noon–1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Online—after you register we'll send you an email with login instructions

Slide Design for eLearning

How can instructional designers make visual design decisions to create effective eLearning? In other words, how can we create slides that help students understand and remember the content?

Multimedia learning design involves making decisions about what learners will hear and see during the learning event. Slide design applications such as Google Slides and PowerPoint are often used to create content used in eLearning-authoring software such as Captivate and Storyline to produce eLearning modules. So, eLearning design often becomes a question of effective slide design. In this 60-minute webinar, we'll show you some techniques for your next eLearning slide design project.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • the basics of the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and why it is useful in slide design.

  • four principles of multimedia learning to guide decision making in visual designs for eLearning.

  • the difference in design principles using audio versus no audio.


Ann Fandrey is an academic technologist, writer, and instructor. Her areas of expertise include graphic and information design, course website usability, online course design, accessible digital communication, visual communication, and digital and visual literacy. She is the author of Academic Slide Design: Visual Communication for Teaching and Learning (2017). She holds a master's degree in learning technologies from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

Beyond the Webinar

If your interest is piqued and you'd like to learn more about instructional design, take a look at our Instructional Design for eLearning Certificate program. It's a 10-week, online course that will prepare you to enter this growing, well-paying field.