Multimedia presentations (slides, Web/software tutorials, curriculum software, BrainPop, etc.) are a popular way for teachers to present non-linguistic representations of content. The question is, however, how effective is this type of instruction? How might educators use multimedia instruction most effectively in the classroom? Please take some time to read through the following research summary regarding multimedia learning. As you read keep the following two sets of questions in mind and be prepared to share your responses with the group:

Research analysis questions:
  • What are the authors' key assertions regarding multimedia learning?
  • What type of evidence do they provide to support these assertions?
  • What assumptions are embedded in the assertions?

Pedagogical questions:

Mayer, R., & Moreno, R. (2003, Winter2003). Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning. Educational Psychologist, 38(1), 43-52. Retrieved January 19, 2009, from Education Research Complete database.

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