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Thursday Morning Talk with Katharina Scheiter (University of Potsdam), “Multimodal learning: Underlying processes and how to support them”
Abstract:Theories of learning from multimodal sources (e.g., combinations of text and pictures, aka multimedia) posit that in order to effectively learn from multimedia, students need to select information from text and pictures, organize the information in memory, and most importantly, integrate the information into one mental model. In the first part of my presentation, I will focus on what is meant by text-picture integration by discussing results from empirical studies aimed at better understanding its underlying processes. In the second part of my presentation, I will focus on ways to improve text-picture integration in educational settings through enhancing the design of the learning materials as well as nudging students into processing them more effectively. Eye tracking plays a major role in this research both as a research tool but also as an instructional tool to improve multimodal learning.