Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 2]

Last week we began an in-depth exploration of why video-based learning works from a cognitive, psychological and learning theory point of view. I looked at research by Prof. Richard Mayer of Santa Barbara University, California and I promised we would explore more of his work.

Today we will look at specific pitfalls of creating multimedia and video-based learning content based on principles extracted by Prof. Mayer from his many, many experiments in his cognitive psychology lab. I wrote the blog primarily using Prof. Mayer’s Harvard lecture here. I would also recommend watching this video before you start, as it is a short introduction to the learning theory assumptions that Prof. Mayer builds on.

So the rest of blog may present quite technical, but I guarantee even the novice video-based teacher will find really insightful and helpful ways to add not only dimension and interest to their content, but also radically increasing its effectiveness.

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