We’re Mountain Learning Design.
We believe design is important to create engaging learning experiences for your students.
The presentation you create is the first thing your students will see and it will shape the way they view you and the quality of your course content.
Set yourself apart from thousands of other instructors simply by learning to use your presentation software effectively for teaching and learning.
Yes we admit we’re talking about PowerPoint
Did the hair on the back of your neck just stand-up? Does your heart sink when you hear there’s going to be a PowerPoint presentation?
But it’s not PowerPoint that has us anxious, it’s how the presenter has designed their slides.
I’m just as tired as you are of seeing lists of bullet points, slides crammed with content, images that don’t relate to the text, and presenters reading the text – slide after slide.
But instead of throwing out PowerPoint let’s learn how to use it.
Because the reality is, it doesn’t matter what presentation software you use, you still need to learn to design effective slides for learning.
We know you can do better … and we can help.
No one starts out creating slides with impact. To be honest, our first presentations were pretty BAD and we fell victim to all of the worst things you can do with PowerPoint:
- putting too much information on a single slide (we wanted you to know EVERYTHING, all at once)
- reading from the slides (we needed a prompt to remember what to say next)
- using small images (we had all that text to fit on the slide)
- inconsistent fonts and colours (who knew there are design principles to follow)
- slapped together our slides the night before (which is also why we had small images, lots of text, and needed a prompt to remember what to say!)
If you’re like most subject matter experts, you haven’t studied adult learning principles and you certainly didn’t go to design school. You designed your course slides like all of the ones you’ve seen, and you have likely sat through some very BAD presentations.
When your professional reputation is at stake you’ll want to utilize both adult learning and graphic design principles to communicate your ideas and successfully create your own online learning experience.
That’s where we can help.
We love creating presentations. We love helping you create better courses.
The official bio
Marjory Gaouette of Mountain Learning Design is an award-winning program developer who has helped community groups, organizations, post-secondary faculty, and entrepreneurs design and develop continuing education learning experiences.
Marjory began her education at McMaster University completing an undergraduate degree studying the humanities. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. Recently Marjory completed a graduate degree in leadership at the University of Guelph where she researched leadership and social change. She’s now completing an Instructional Design Certificate.
As an education professional, she has been creating online learning experiences since 2004.