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,Mcgraw Hillyou 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.

  1. Your brain treats pictures and words differently.
  2. Your cognitive system has a limited capacity.
  3. Stimulate cognitive engagement.
  4. Place words and pictures near each other.
  5. Present words and pictures simultaneously.
  6. Exclude extraneous material.
  7. Pictures + Verbal Discussions are better than Pictures + Printed Words


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