Recently I came across this work from Koichi Sato at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (his coordinates are at the bottom). I found it so clear and helpful that I asked him if I could work it into a blog and I’m happy to say he agreed. I took the liberty to add a few things, but don’t want to take any of the credit!
Richard Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning is based on a number of assumptions, namely that there are two separate channels – auditory and visual – for processing information (Paivio, 1990); there is limited channel capacity (Sweller, 1988), and that learning is an active process of filtering, selecting, organizing, and integrating information (Baddeley & Hitch, 1974).
Based upon these three assumptions, there have been 14 principles developed governing the good (and poor) use of multimedia. Herre’s the first.
People learn better when texts and pictures are presented together rather than from words alone.
The rest can be downloaded:
Koichi Sato, MSEd & MPH
University of Nebraska–Lincoln