A learner-centered approach to multimedia explanations: Deriving instructional design principles from cognitive theory

, and . Interactive multimedia electronic journal of computer-enhanced learning 2 (2): 12--20 (2000)


How can we help students understand scientific systems? One promising approach involves multimedia presentations of explanations in visual and verbal formats, such as presenting a computer-generated animation synchronized with narration or on-screen text. In this paper, we present a cognitive theory of multimedia learning from which the following six principles of instructional design are derived and tested: the split-attention principle, the spatial contiguity principle, the temporal contiguity principle, the modality principle, the redundancy principle, and the coherence principle.

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