Implications for the Future of Teaching Through Technology
Monday, December 8, 2008
Presented by the Psychology Section
Speaker: Richard Velayo, Pace University
A major accomplishment of psychology has been the development of a science of learning aimed at understanding how people learn, especially as a function of the modality in which information is presented. Technological innovations have allowed instructors to present information in a variety of unique and inventive ways. Multimedia instructional presentations through the use of computer-based presentation software, distance learning platforms, and Web 2.0 tools, have facilitated presentations of textual, audio, and visual information that instructors continue to explore. But what are the essential learner cognitive characteristics that make instructional presentations effective, whether these are presented in a classroom, in an online learning environment, or in some other instructional context? There are key cognitive principles associated with learning from media (visual, textual, and audio presentations) that are grounded in theory and based on empirical evidence. This talk may be useful to those seeking to effectively apply these principles in the design of multimedia instruction, in general, in the design of instruction using technology. The talk will also demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between the science of learning and the science of instruction.