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eLearning Interface Design: A research-based approach to supporting learning outcomes through design

7 November 2012

Join us on November 7th for a CoCo Seminar by Dorian Peters titled “eLearning Interface Design: A research-based approach to supporting learning outcomes through design”.


Research has shown that how you design the interface of an online learning experience can affect how well your users learn (Lidwell, Mayer, Marcus, Mikropoulos, Norman, etc.). Yet many people still harbour the misconception that multimedia design is cosmetic.

In reality, the ways you use color, graphics, sequencing, animation, controls, navigation, audio, etc. can all change the learning experience. And it goes beyond web usability. People have different requirements when they’re learning than they do when they’re shopping or information seeking on the web. And this breaks down further: how users learn, and thus how an interface should support them, depends on their age, expertise, previous experience and conceptions of learning. It’s a complex area and will only get more significant as learning experiences become increasingly digital.

In this session, I’ll share some research-based guidelines on how interface design can support both the cognitive and affective aspects of learning. In the second part I will invite participants to share their experiences and ideas for how we can help a field in “elearning interface design” take shape.


This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Where: Education Building (A35), Room 230.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 9351 2612

    E: coco@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments.
  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Dorian Peters is a User Experience designer, writer and pioneer of Learning Interface Design. She currently directs online strategy at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education. She is a member of the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition. She publishes articles on various aspects of design in journals, conferences and trade magazines and has been sharing her professional research on her blog at eLearningInterfaceDesign.com since 2005.

    She holds a Master of Multimedia Design from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor in Professional Writing and Directing from Carnegie Mellon.

    Her award-winning work includes corporate eLearning and interface design for educational technology. She has designed for Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, Westpac Bank, ABC, Channel 10 and BMG music.



eLearning Interface Design: A research-based approach to supporting learning outcomes through design

Where Education Building (A35), Room 230. When

7 November 2012


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