• TRANSFORMING CURRICULA FOR ONLINE DELIVERY

    The image represents the universality of the virus and its effects on humankind. Universality is a concept that will repeat throughout this website and the idea it propagates

    Covid-19 has accelerated academia's relationship with online provision. That relationship has initially been driven more by necessity, imperative and expediency than pedagogy and practice, but we are learning fast. In many ways, it is the second great transformation in teaching and learning we've faced in as many decades. The onset of the digital era gave us new software tools like PowerPoint, and there's an important lesson to learn from how we used. By continuing to privilege monomedia content (mainly text) as we have done for centuries, we ignored both digital and cognitive capacity and potential. We commonly drive old analogue monomedia content though new digital multimedia platforms, when those platforms are perfect for multimedia content that is proven to better engage our students' minds. Moving online now should not make that same mistake. We should take full advantage of everything digital capacity has to offer in the sphere of student intellectual engagement - without ever forgetting that teaching and learning is above all else a social relationship.

    We see an opportunity to draw together two great forces that can transform how students experience academic content, and ensure that geographic distance does not diminish academic engagement. First, cognitive neuroscience has shown for the last half century that our brains universally have two cognitive channels though which information is absorbed. When we teach using both (instead of privileging only one for text), our teaching is aligned with how our brains are biologically constructed. Second, the movement online relies on and reinforces digital infrastructures ideally suited for multimedia operations. Integrating digital multimedia methods ensures that this move supports cognitive engagement and learning as well as practical expediency.

    The huamn brain uses two channels to process information. This cognitive neurobiological architecture is universal: audio-textual and visual, represented above as two sides of the same road to the brain
  • MULTIMEDIA METHODS

    Copyright Dr. David Roberts

    This is no whim or coincidence. Multimedia Learning methods are supported by half a century of cognitive psychology. They work regardless of culture, gender or locale because they are universally rooted in and mirror our cognitive neurological architecture. We are at a socio-digital nexus: the converging of the most visual era of human existence with the scientifically-established recognition that we learn better from images and words than words alone.

    We made a TEDx video that outlines the nature of MML pedagogy and demonstrates the ease with which it can be integrated into online provision.

    This image co-places human and digital evolution and its value to us. Facebook represnets the digital 'moment' and shows how evolution is digitally transformed and accelerated

    We have been working with MML methods for 5 years. In that time we have conducted and published longitudinal randomized control group trials across UK HE. This research leaves no doubt about increases in student engagement, active learning and inclusivity when we balance pedagogic delivery between audio-textual and visual content. There's a section below with publications where you can see for yourself.

     

    Images are natively-compatible with online provision, and HE has the digital platforms in place that can exploit that synergy. We can show you how to convert conventional analogue and digital content into engaging online provision that will engage, activate and include across the disciplinary spectrum.

  • INCLUSIVITY

    Dyslexia is the most common reported disability in HE, and more dyslexic learners join us each year. Dyslexia nearly universally involves issues with working memory, which is part of the cognitive architecture overwhelmed by excessive text. Integrating imagery into curricula has been shown in longitudinal research to dramatically increase dyslexic learner engagement by between 80% and 100%, something that will become vital as we migrate content online.

  • SERVICES

    (travel expenses not included)

    1

    Overview & introduction

    Up to 3 hours at your institution

    • Discussion  of digital and social evolution and learning
    • In-depth review of multimedia learning scholarship
    • Sharing of latest primary data
    • Assessment of inclusivity outcomes for dyslexic and ADD/ADHD learners
    • £399
    2

    DIGITAL 'YIN', VISUAL 'YANG'

    Online content delivery

    • Interlocking relationship between digital and visual opportunities
    • Integration of imagery into online content
    • Digital care and copyright guidance
    • £130 per person, per day
    • Minimum 12 places per session
    • Maximum 20 places per session
    3

    NSS

    This involves:

    • Train staff how images  can be used to improve explanation of subjects and raise levels of student interest
    • £130 per person, per day
    • Minimum 12 places per session
    • Maximum 20 places per session
    4

    Engagement

    This involves:

    • Demonstrating effect on engagement of different types of image
    • Explains how MML methods improve attention by balancing cognitive load more effectively
    • Training in image identification and application in lectures
    • £130 per person, per day, min 12 people
    5

    Inclusivity

    This involves:

    • Developing awareness of impact of excessive text on neurodiverse students
    • Demonstrating effect of image use for dyslexic students
    • Training in image identification and application in lectures
    • £130 per person, per day, min 12 people
    6

    CPD

    This involves:

    • Guidance in matching use of MML methods as evidence in UK PSF applications (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA etc)
    • D1, D2 and D3 levels
    • A1-A5; K1-K6; V1-V4
    • Cost by negotiation
    7

    Student Interview

    This involves:

    • Training students in  core principles of visual communication
    • Hands-on learning on Haiku site
    • Participants will be able to distinguish themselves in job interviews
    8

    Aftercare

    This involves:

    • Free access to peer-reviewed publications
    • Free use of images on this website for pedagogic purposes
    • 1 x 45 minute private consult with each full-day participant
  • Multimedia Briefing, in Multimedia Format

  • PIC OF THE DAY

    NOT EVERY DAY, BUT WHEN I FIND VALUABLE IMAGES or want to share something I've made myself

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