Teaching and Learning with Multimedia (2012-2015)

Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

Project Dissemination (click + for details)

Students learn more and are better able to apply what they have learned when they are instructed with words and pictures (than when they are instructed with words alone or pictures alone). Multimedia learning refers to the conceptual understanding that students develop from words and pictures. Multimedia instruction, based on the science of learning, deals with effective and efficient ways of promoting multimedia learning. Multimedia instructional materials are being used with increasing frequency in college and university instruction, in both traditional and online courses. Unfortunately, instruction using multimedia in real academic courses has not been informed by what is known about adult learning or by multimedia instructional principles of learning. Staff at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are undertaking a three-year project in which we will work with faculty at UNH and other New England colleges and universities to develop multimedia instructional presentations that are informed by multimedia principles of learning. These principles will be applied in both campus-based and online courses. The overarching goal is to develop templates and simple-to-follow instructions that can be used by faculty to create their own multimedia presentations that follow best principles of multimedia learning.

Overson, C. E. (2014). Applying multimedia principles to slide shows for academic presentation. In V. A. Benassi, C. E. Overson, & C. M. Hakala (Eds.). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Griswold, L. A., Overson, C. E., & Benassi, V. A. (2017). Embedding Questions During Online Lecture Capture to Promote Learning and Transfer of Knowledge. The American Journal Of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication Of The American Occupational Therapy Association71(3), 7103230010p1-7103230010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.023374

Teaching, Learning and Technology: A Role for Science of Learning - Dr. Victor Benassi

Teaching, Learning and Technology: A Role for Science of Learning

Presenter: Dr. Victor Benassi
Mary Hennessey Blum Memorial Lecture
YouTube: 49 min.
February 5, 2015
University of New Hampshire

Applications of Psychological Science to Learning Using Technology (PowerPoint slides)
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If you would like additional information on the Teaching and Learning with Multimedia grant, please contact teaching.excellence@unh.edu.

Davis Educational Foundation
Teaching with multimedia principles of learning is made possible by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation (Yarmouth, Maine). The Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.