• In multimedia learning, cognitive overload is the direct result of the learner being given too much information to process simultaneously. However, cognitive overload can be prevented by effectively managing the essential processing demands on the learner. In this infographic, we define essential processing and identify three principles of multimedia learning that can assist in managing…

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  • One of the key goals of the cognitive theory of multimedia learning is to foster generative processing. It is this form of processing that allows a student to make sense of the information they have consumed from their learning material. In this infographic, we will define generative processing and identify four principles of multimedia learning…

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  • When extraneous processing occurs in online learning, it can result in cognitive overload and severely hamper the effectiveness of multimedia learning. However, this type of processing can be reduced through effective instructional design techniques. In this infographic, we will define extraneous processing and identify five instructional design techniques that will help reduce it.   Click…

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    Principles of Multimedia Learning Part 1: Reducing Extraneous Processing
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  • Reading Time: 2 minutes Scrolling through endless reams of on-screen text will turn even the strongest mind to mush. This is what is commonly referred to as ‘cognitive overload’, which results in loss of engagement, lower levels of comprehension, and decreased motivation. However, all of this can be avoided by making use of ‘content chunking’….

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