Breakout Session 1: Workshop

Visual Design for Learning Professionals – A Workshop

Wednesday, November 16th

Instructional designers and learning professionals create a wide variety of digital content for instructional applications in the classroom.  One commonality that most of these digital resources share is their visual design directly influences their ability to communicate. Whether a presentation, handout, infographic or class website, if poorly designed, it will not convey the intended message effectively.  However, sometimes it only takes a few weeks and some basic knowledge of visual design theory to give your learning materials “spit and shine”.   This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity apply the concepts presented to create powerful visual messages.


Heidi Trotta
Seton Hall University

Heidi Trotta is a full-time Instructional Designer at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.  Her major responsibilities involve (1) e-learning creation and production work and (2) assisting students and faculty with integrating various technologies into the classroom and their personal lives. Current academic interests include humanizing online instruction, digital content production (i.e. e-Learning materials, educational video production), digital gaming, design thinking and maker spaces, promoting student creativity (i.e. 21st Century skills), effective poster and presentation design and visual literacy.

Her true passion is teaching at the college level where she takes a design thinking approach to course design and delivery.  Undergraduate and graduate courses promote self-directed and active learning, allowing students to solve real-world problems while promoting critical thinking using theory and frameworks to justify decisions and actions.  Current adjunct teaching load includes Master Thesis – Capstone and Adult Learning Theory and Coaching, both running all semesters, online and hybrid models.

Heidi has her Ed.M. from Teachers College at Columbia University in Instructional Technology and Media with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education/Instructional Media from Seton Hall and certificates in Advanced Web Design/Web Graphics from Rutgers University.

To relax and have fun, she loves to pursue creative projects such as painting, sculpting, mixed media, creating books and drawing.


Danielle Mirliss
Seton Hall University

Danielle Mirliss an Associate Director at Seton Hall University’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center. She is responsible for overseeing the Instructional Design and Training team in a variety of faculty and student support initiatives. She has been part of the Instructional Design team at Seton Hall since 2002 and has a broad range of experience in mobile computing, pen based computing, course redesign, online learning, virtual worlds and assessment. Before coming to Seton Hall, she was an Instructional Designer at The Distance Learning Project, an online division of Columbia University. Danielle received her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received her Ed.M. from the same program and her M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.