WHAT WE DO
We help academics use images in their lectures to enhance student engagement and organically generate active learning practices. Our research shows engagement and active learning increase by between 40 and 80% when apposite imagery is used. Our multimedia method is publicly endorsed by the Higher Education Academy (see testimonials), and we have advised universities around the world, how to take advantage of the most visual era of human evolution
HOW IT WORKS
Multimedia Learning methods are about matching how we teach to how the brain learns. They are about balancing imagery and text, instead of over-using text and under-using visual processing. All sighted people have two cognitive processing systems – visual and audio-textual. Multimedia approaches argue that students learn better from images and text, than text alone. Orthodox reliance on text creates disengagement and passivity. Combining imagery and text generates engagement and active learning in large group lectures.
How our brains are set up to process learning: audio-textual, and visual, channels
HOW IT LOOKS
Academics are free to use these images if they wish, with acknowledgement
OUR TEDx TALK, 2017
This was done at the behest of students we've taught using this method
We've engaged participatory research methods with neurodiverse students. The results showed an 80%-90% increase in engagement.
TIPS & LINKS
TIP 1: When you're looking for an image, ask yourself what you want to say and write it out.
Then remove every word that isn’t essential. If the word that remains is “security,” start Googling that word in
Advanced Image Search
(travel expenses not included)
"HAVING THIS POWERPOINT APPROACH DEMONSTRATED LIVE WAS VERY COMPELLING"
'Terrific presenter, very useful and inspiring'
REFRESHING APPROACH TO PRESENTATIONS, FEELING ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS APPROACH... HE WAS A VERY GOOD SPEAKER... ENGAGING AND RECEPTIVE TO THE AUDIENCE AND WHAT THEY WANTED
Most engaging and kept attention. Aware of our reality in the classroom... The idea seemed almost obvious after he had pointed it out... Really liked that he was so open to engage in a critical discussion of what he was presenting... I found the session very helpful and interesting. The slides were captivating and immediately drew my attention... to the power of using images... David’s presenting style was very easy to follow and engage with... The presentation was very interesting and forward thinking. It gave me confidence to be braver.
"ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING LECTURER, FANTASTIC TO LISTEN TO"
The way he produces his lectures is phenomenal. He's probably the best lecturer I've ever had
OUR TIME WITH DAVID HAS BEEN A BIG HELP, AND ALREADY I FIND
MYSELF THINKING ABOUT AND APPEALING TO STUDENTS' VISUAL SENSE TO HELP THEM LEARN.
David is a gem!
LIKE AN OASIS IN THE DESERT
Looking forward to more
Really enjoyed it.. lots of things to think about. Many thanks :)
HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY
Dr. Roberts' development of enquiry-based and active approaches to visual communication provides a genuine innovation in this area of teaching and learning that is advancing pedagogic research and practice. The scope of Dr. Roberts' research and practice demonstrate its capacity to reach across disciplines and a wide range of university settings in the UK and beyond. Specifically, the HEA's support for Dr. Roberts... in this area recognizes the innovative approach to the physiological match between how we learn and understand, on the one hand, and on the other, how we teach and communicate. The reach of Dr. Roberts' work is also readily applicable to the commercial and private sector as an antidote to 'Death by PowerPoint'. The method is shown in the peer0reviewed press to increase audience engagement and to strengthen active learning practices where normally they are diminished.
Brilliant to see this progressing so well
Having been at one of the presentations he did, I've definitely increased the number of images I use in slides. I even did an entire presentation at a Summer School... Loved it and I think the audience did too!
Participants gave us really positive feedback on the session and... they are going to make... changes for maximum impact.
It was superb and really helped colleagues see ways in which visual pedagogies can... create more meaningful and engaging lectures. It was very much appreciated by the audience, as was the more technical discussion that you led in response to the later questions.
Thank you for the session. I really enjoyed it and will use some of the ideas to kick off some discussion when I run my session on using digital technology and accessibility
SEDA CPD event, BIrmingham 2018
'I now have the theoretical knowledge to back up the use of imagery, and to help develop the use of it in teaching to support learning'
Or, if you'd like to discuss how we could help you, we'd be pleased to hear from you by email. We come to institutions around the UK and further afield and hold demonstrations, 'how-to' workshops and offer technical guidance for those interested in more advanced aspects
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