Theoretical Framework of Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning


  • And some important findings for instructional design

Michelle Rudolph of Independence University reviews the theoretical frameworks  provides reminders of the research of Richard Mayer, Rita Moreno and others, highlighting cognitive load, dual channels and capacity for information processing.  Mayer’s model of the processing of words and pictures simultaneously and application of cognitive load theory described.  Rudolph further explains the twelve principles of multimedia design (Sorden, 2012).  The discussion then includes the components for designing effective instructional multimedia lessons, as has been researched along with a bibliography.

  • Components
  1. Redundancy
  2. Signaling
  3. Segmentation
  4. Animation v. static image
  5. Control
  6. Interactivity
  7. Engagement and feedback
  8. Screencasts

Sorden, S. (2012). The cognitive theory of multimedia learning. Handbook of educational theories. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Retrieved from http://sorden.com/ portfolio/sorden_draft_multimedia2012.pdf

Journal of Online Higher Education vol. 1, no. 2/2017 1, Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, Michelle Rudolph

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