I Don’t Always Put Graphics in My eLearning…

As a child, I treasured the public library with all my heart. Something about having all that information in one place was just exhilarating to me. What a nerd, right?

There was one book in particular that I checked out so often I might as well have bought the thing. It was Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections. As a boy I had many varied interests. How did planes and rocket ships work? What was it like in a medieval castle? How did my eyeballs do what they do? This book answered all those questions with a smorgasbord of information and beautiful illustrations of each mysterious item, exploded to reveal its inner-workings.

In huge part, I credit Stephen Biesty for my inquisitive nature. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that Biesty did an excellent job of utilizing the Multimedia Principle. He understood that people have an easier time learning from a mix of text and illustration than from just text or an image alone.

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