The power of white space: reducing technical confusion for students and teachers

Australia/Sydney 2.00pm | Fri 13th October
Europe/London 4.00am | Fri 13th October
USA/Los Angeles 8.00pm | Thurs 12th October

Christy Dena – Senior Lecturer – SAE Institute
Ian Dixon – Senior Lecturer – SAE Institute

The online space can be daunting and the confusion of buttons can deter students. In this session, Christy Dena and Ian Dixon will share approaches they’ve used to reduce the confusion online technologies can provoke in both students and teachers. Christy will discuss the ways she has reduced the cognitive load of a text-dominant Moodle interface. When you’re presented with new concepts, a screen full of text can increase the perceived complexity of the topic.

Christy will share some of her recent approaches to help students focus on the ideas rather than the screen. Ian will reiterate that simplicity is key and demonstrate the transference of face-to-face teaching skills into the online space. We should remember that the face-to-face environment is becoming increasingly virtual, because negotiating sites, apps, vimeo clips and moodle docs is now standard practice in real space classrooms.