I changed my teaching because my students were experiencing ‘Death by PowerPoint’. I was inspired by how advertising was becoming so visual, full of amazing images expressing complex messages that engaged me. I developed this MULTIMEDIA method for teaching and found, as the scholarship predicted, that it increased engagement, generated active learning and worked well for dyslexic learners, all at the same time. I published some books and articles, then started a consultancy.
This is no whim or coincidence. Multimedia Learning methods are supported by half a century of cognitive psychology. They work regardless of culture, gender or locale because they are universally rooted in and mirror our cognitive neurological architecture. We are at a socio-digital nexus: the converging of the most visual era of human existence with the scientifically-established recognition that we learn better from images and words than words alone.
We made a TEDx video that outlines the nature of MML pedagogy and demonstrates the ease with which it can be integrated into online provision.
We have been working with MML methods for 5 years. In that time we have conducted and published longitudinal randomized control group trials across UK HE. This research leaves no doubt about increases in student engagement, active learning and inclusivity when we balance pedagogic delivery between audio-textual and visual content. There's a section below with publications where you can see for yourself.
Images are natively-compatible with online provision, and HE has the digital platforms in place that can exploit that synergy. We can show you how to convert conventional analogue and digital content into engaging online provision that will engage, activate and include across the disciplinary spectrum.
CV & PUBLICATIONS
Dyslexia is the most common reported disability in HE, and more dyslexic learners join us each year. Dyslexia nearly universally involves issues with working memory, which is part of the cognitive architecture overwhelmed by excessive text. Integrating imagery into curricula has been shown in longitudinal research to dramatically increase dyslexic learner engagement by between 80% and 100%, something that will become vital as we migrate content online. We developed a specialised online tool to increase neurodiverse engagement in the research process.
MULTIMEDIA TEACHING GALLERY