Creating Your Best Videos: Using Mayer’s Multimedia Principles to Enhance Viewer Comprehension of Classroom Videos
Concurrent Session 1
COVID-19 forced instructors to create multimedia content for remote learning on campuses across the country. Unfortunately, most of this content lacked instructional value. This presentation teaches sound multimedia principles to guide the creation of multimedia content, and shows how these research-based concepts can enhance video instruction to increase learner comprehension.
The spread of COVID-19 introduced an enormous number of students to online instruction and multimedia learning and presentations. According to U.S. Census figures, “nearly 93% of people in households with school-age children reported their children engaged in some form of ‘distance learning’ from home” in 2020. Due to the urgent nature of quarantines imposed on campuses across the country, many instructors rushed to create multimedia presentations that ultimately lacked impact and instructional value. Their students found the material cluttered, confusing, or simply dull and lifeless. Using R. E. Mayer’s multimedia principles as a guide, this presentation shows how these research-based concepts can enhance classroom video instruction to increase learner comprehension. This presentation will discuss five principles for eliminating extraneous processing in multimedia content, provide working examples of each principle, with designated time for group discussion of best practices implementing multimedia theory and a question and answer session. Attendees will learn not only what content to include in their videos, but also what content to remove or avoid altogether to create dynamic and impactful videos, increase learner understanding, and foster generative processing.