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Kevin Thompson

Classes qualified to teach:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Web Design with HTML/XHTML
  • Web Design Camp
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • Web Accessibility
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Effective Presentations
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Learn@UW (Desire2Learn)


B.S., Family & Consumer Education - Business and Community Settings Continuing Adult Vocational Education Program, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology. M.A., Adult Education and Distance Learning, University of Phoenix.


As the eLearning Team lead for Professional Technical Education, Kevin Thompson, builds upon his passion for teaching, learning, and technology at work. You may find him consulting on best practices in instructional design, teaching web design to UW-Madison students, and presenting his experiences at conferences. Kevin is also the coordinator and an instructor of Student Technical Training’s Web Design 1 course.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison with a major in Family and Consumer Education for Business and Community Settings.  From there, he earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix through their Adult Education and Distance Learning program.  His expertise includes asynchronous e-learning design and development. Before working for PTE, he was employed by an education union where he developed many of his web design skills.  

Kevin also enjoys giving back to the community, and has received special recognition for volunteering as a youth bowling coach for 10 years.  In addition, he is developing a new photography hobby.

Project Spotlight:
Kevin used his skills and expertise to develop a hybrid /online version of the Student Technical Training’s Web Design 1 course.  

An instructional design tip
I’m a firm believer in the importance of clearly defining your learning objectives very early in the instructional design process. Skipping this step is a sure way to create an unfocused product that isn’t aligned with learners’ needs.

A new software feature:
PowerPoint 2010 has some slick new image tools that make it a must have for anyone doing rapid e-learning development. The ability to remove detailed backgrounds right on a slide is a big time saver.  There’s also the ability to copy animations from one object to another, and some new video options that I think will be appreciated. 

What are you currently reading?
I’ve been wanting to read Getting Things Done by David Allen for the past year.  Otherwise, lately I’ve been reading a lot of Byron Barton, Rosemary Wells, and the occasional Wilbert Awdry.