School of Business and Economics


26 April 2017

Visual communication workshop: Multimedia methods for engagement and active learning

Presented By Dr David Roberts
  • 11.00am - Registration and Refreshments, 1.00pm - Lunch, 4.00pm - Networking
  • West Park Teaching Hub, room WPT 005 Loughborough University, LE11 3TU. Building 11, West Park. Map
  • Ticket Information

    To register for this free event please email Ruth Cufflin –

About this event

One of the key ways we communicate with our audiences is at odds with how our brains work, and with evolution. Despite being born with the ability to process imagery, and despite living in the most visual era of human existence, we throw slide after slide full or words at people. This workshop is concerned with how we can better match how we teach and communicate, with how we learn and process information. 

The workshop will explore how imagery generates engagement, provokes active learning and stimulates better recall. We’ll be talking about implications for how we may adapt our work as teachers, trainers and communicators to the modern, visual era. We’ll be looking at ways to evaluate the scope of visuality in learning, teaching and connecting with our audiences.

We’ll also be looking at visuality as a means of supporting the increasing number of dyslexic learners we recruit.

Practical exercises in group settings will help delegates get to grips with the ‘how’ of the process, for those who are interested. The session will then trigger its own critique. This is less a conference and more a conversation.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain:

  • Better consciousness of the visual era our audiences inhabit and expect us to facilitate
  • A deeper understanding of the latest scientifically-validated visual communication methods/practices, fit for this most visual era
  • Insights into ways of better engaging large groups
  • Examples of good practice for developing an active learning environment


David Roberts will be leading the workshop. He has taught and researched Peace and Conflict Studies for 25 years in Cambodia, Viet Nam, Laos, Sierra Leone and Somaliland. He now works on visual pedagogies, forming a Community of Practice and publishing widely in academic and non-academic outlets. His work derives from Multimedia Learning Theory, and he runs a small consultancy aimed at supporting academics in Europe and the US to re-examine large group lecture pedagogies.