Designing according to cognitive theory of multimedia design in one place

Since I’ve begun to flirt with instructional design years ago, I was faced with several theories about how e-learning content should be prepared to assure that the learners get the most out of it. It was really challenging to connect everything I’ve read and found about cognitive theory into one meaningful whole and how to get a quick overview about main principles of multimedia design.

In the end I gathered everything that, in my opinion, is the basis of multimedia design, in this Learning map, which I hope will give you an overview about:

  • The three basic cognitive principles
  • Tips about how these principles should be applied in your multimedia design

Enjoy the following Learning map.  

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3 different ways to use a Learning map

The main purpose of designing a Learning map was to facilitate the instructional design of an online interactive learning content for educators on one side and to make learning topics more engaging for students on the other side.

But our clients found Learning map useful also for other purposes in education, like r lesson planning or student coursework. On the other hand Learning map is a quite an innovative approach  for using mind mapping technique in education, that’s why many people want to know more about it, for example what is the difference between Learning map and  a mind map, how can they use Learning map, etc. That’s why I’ve decided to gather major uses of Learning map in this post so that you can get an overview about Learning map uses.  

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Learning map combining lesson plan, guidance and content at once

To conduct a successful lesson we need a detailed description of the instructions about what students should learn and how will they learn it. That means that we as educators should prepare a lesson plan with all objectives, description of teaching and learning activities with list of suitable learning materials.

Usually these elements are presented with different – let’s say files. One includes a lesson plan and the second one includes prepared activities and learning materials in detail. Have you ever considered merging everything together in one source that will serve as a lesson plan, lesson guide for your students and lesson content in one? I’ll show you, how you can do this using a Learning map form.

1. Outline learning objectives

First you should determine what you want your students to learn, why should they learn it and what will they be able to do at the end of the lesson.  Provide a short introduction to engage the student using real-world examples, asking questions, etc. For every objective create a single Node of a Learning map – “Objective node”.

Objective node  

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