e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 20, 2011 - Business & Economics - 496 pages
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In this thoroughly revised edition of the bestselling e-Learning and the Science of Instruction authors Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Mayer—internationally-recognized experts in the field of e-learning, offer essential information and guidelines for selecting, designing, and developing asynchronous and synchronous e-learning courses that build knowledge and skills for learners in corporate, government, and academic settings. In addition to updating research in all chapters, two new chapters and a CD with multimedia examples are included.

Based on scientific theory of how people learn and the results from over twenty-five years of research on multimedia learning, this new edition includes guidelines on a range of e-learning issues including the best use of text, visuals, and audio; the optimal amount and type of practice interactions; the best use of communication tools such as chat and discussion boards for collaborative learning; lesson design techniques to build problem-solving skills; what we have learned about the use of games and simulations; and how to best use virtual coaches to improve learning.

This new edition is a comprehensive resource that contains vital information for anyone serious about getting multimedia learning right. It provides design principles to increase learning while debunking many popular theories about good design and includes:

  • The most current research information available

  • New examples of working multimedia that illustrate the book's research guidelines

  • Updated examples of multimedia screen captures

  • Application of guidelines for synchronous e-learning

  • New guidelines on segmenting and sequencing topics to manage complex content

  • A new chapter on games and simulations

Each chapter includes examples drawn from Internet and from CD-ROM courseware and checklists of what to look for in e-learning courses you are reviewing or designing.

Written for e-learning consumers and designers, both novice and seasoned alike, this essential resource shows how to apply a range of research-based multimedia learning principles to the selection and design of effective e-learning courseware.

 

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Review: E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning [With CDROM]

User Review  - CrispyHalo - Goodreads

Compared to other books on this subject I found this very easy to read. It's very practical and straightforward, offering tangible tips and realistic scenarios. Read full review

Review: E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning [With CDROM]

User Review  - Peter Edwards - Goodreads

The third edition (2011) is a must-have reference for e-learning design. It is a classic that has been updated and presents clear advice with evidence. Read full review

Contents

Promise and Pitfalls
7
How Do People Learn from eCourses
31
Use Words and Graphics
53
Some Ways to Use Graphics to Promote Learning
60
Evidence for Using Words and Pictures
66
What We Dont Know About Visuals
72
Present Words as Audio
99
Psychological Reasons for the Modality Principle
105
Make the Author Visible to Promote
173
Psychological Reasons for the Segmenting Principle
189
Leveraging Examples in eLearning
201
Does Practice Make Perfect?
231
Learning Together Virtually
257
Whos in Control? Guidelines for eLearning
289
eLearning to Build Thinking Skills
317
Simulations and Games in eLearning
345

When the Modality Principle Applies
112
Do Not Add OnScreen Text to Narrated
119
Consider Adding OnScreen Text
125
Adding Interesting Material
133
Evidence for Omitting Extraneous Words Added to Expand
149
Use Conversational
157
Evidence for Using Conversational Style
163
Applying the Guidelines
381
References
405
Glossary
427
List of Tables and Figures
445
Name Index
455
About the Authors
473

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About the author (2011)

Ruth Colvin Clark has worked for more than twenty-five years with instructional professionals assigned to design, develop, and select effective training for classroom or computer delivery. She is widely published in the areas of training, development, and performance improvement.

Richard E. Mayer is professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the application of learning psychology to design of instruction in multimedia learning environments and the author of Multimedia Learning and is the editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning.

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