Event Report, Fukui Chapter October 2015

October 31, 2015 by Fukui Chapter

Fukui Chapter

Speaker: 
Cameron Romney
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cameron Romney gave an informative presentation, and facilitated a practical workshop on why and how educators should consider the design of their materials as much as the content those materials contain. Ill-formated handouts can lead to ineffective comprehension of the content trying to be taught. His ideas were supported by a wealth of theoretical and pragmatic knowledge by leading scholars in both the education and design fields.

After a thoughtful presentation of the theory and discipline behind materials design, Cameron facilitated an engaging workshop that allowed participants to put the theories into practice. The main theme that came from the entire session was that you don't need to be a professional graphic designer or editor to understand layout and other aspects of design, and you don't need fancy super expensive software. Cameron encourages using basic Microsoft Word (a standard tool for word processing and creatiing handouts) to create and edit handouts. After some work in small groups, and with Cameron's insights documents that looked bland and ineffective were edited to look better. But to the larger point, the informed edits allowed for more efficient and effective teaching to take place. Isn't that the ultimae job of teachers, and purpose of using handouts?

This was a great session that allowed for theoretical and pragmatic approaches to be blended and utilized. Participants were engaged and enthused throughout the entire afternoon.

Reporter: 
Wayne Malcolm

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