Have you experienced death by PowerPoint? Have you been in the middle of a lecture when you gaze across the room and, instead of seeing bright-eyed students taking notes,you see blank expressions of confusion?
By gaining a little background knowledge on how the brain learns from words and pictures, and by applying tips from the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (1-7) you can avoid death by PowerPoint and foster a more engaging learning experience for your students.
- Your brain treats pictures and words differently.
- Your cognitive system has a limited capacity.
- Stimulate cognitive engagement.
- Place words and pictures near each other.
- Present words and pictures simultaneously.
- Exclude extraneous material.
- Pictures + Verbal Discussions are better than Pictures + Printed Words