Posts Tagged ‘North West Technical Communicators Group’

North West Technical Communicators Group

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-10-25
End Time: 21:00

North West Technical Communicators Group

Monday, April 12th, 2010
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-04-26
End Time: 21:00

The North West Technical Communicators Group meets several times a year and is an opportunity for fellow technical writers/communicators, information designers to network and share knowledge and expertise.

There will be a round table discussion:

What makes good user documentation? (CANCELLED)

Bring along examples hard copy or online (we’ll have a laptop and projector). We can argue over the question till we are thirsty when we can  retire across the road to the pub.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
North West Technical Communicators Group

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-02-15
End Time: 21:00

The North West Technical Communicators Group meets several times a year and is an opportunity for fellow technical writers/communicators, information designers to network and share knowledge and expertise.

There will be a talk and discussion.

Visual attention: a psychologist’s perspective
by Chris Atherton
Chris Atherton says that beneath the surface of every psychologist lurks a latent instructional designer. Chris presents some key findings from cognitive psychology, to show how humans process visual information, and then narrow the focus to look at the usefulness of slideware (such as PowerPoint) in teaching. Chris argues that dense, simultaneous verbal and visual delivery risks overloading the audience’s working memory, impairing learning, and present data showing that sparse slide content improves students’ recall of the material presented. Finally, Chris discusses the implications of these findings for audiovisual instruction, and instructional design.
There will be plenty of “hands on” practical’s to amuse and challenge you.
Dr. Chris Atherton is a Senior Lecturer in cognitive psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Visual attention: a psychologist’s perspective by Chris Atherton

Chris Atherton says that beneath the surface of every psychologist lurks a latent instructional designer. Chris presents some key findings from cognitive psychology, to show how humans process visual information, and then narrow the focus to look at the usefulness of slideware (such as PowerPoint) in teaching. Chris argues that dense, simultaneous verbal and visual delivery risks overloading the audience’s working memory, impairing learning, and present data showing that sparse slide content improves students’ recall of the material presented. Finally, Chris discusses the implications of these findings for audiovisual instruction, and instructional design.

There will be plenty of “hands on” practical’s to amuse and challenge you.

Dr. Chris Atherton is a Senior Lecturer in cognitive psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.