Best Practices using principles for multimedia learning

Oct 29, 2019


Should I use music?

Should I have narration and text on screen?

Is more information better?

I explored the answer to these questions and more in this portfolio!

Hello! I am a grad student studying Instructional Design and eLearning. For my thesis, I put together a portfolio of tangible examples and non-examples of best practices for arranging different types of media to help learners focus on the important information. I wanted to share the portfolio project with the community because maybe someone might learn something from it or find it useful. If you like this work and want to know more, there is a ridiculously long paper that goes along with it that explains the theory behind the application and examples. I would be happy to share. Thanks for looking.

6 Replies
Natalie Budesa

Hi Amy,

This is a really great resource, especially since I am fairly new to ID. I really liked how your source is clearly cited on each topic. 

In lieu of your long research paper, I was wondering if you could recommend one or two books/resources that you found the most helpful for discovering these e-learning practices. 


Amy Higdon

Hi Natalie,

Thanks for your interest. I recommend the following:

Smith, P. L. & Ragan, T. J. (2005). Instructional Design (3rd. Ed.), Hoboken, N.J: Wiley

Mayer, R. E. (2014). Introduction to multimedia learning. In R. E. Mayer (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Fiorella, L., & Mayer, R. E. (2014). Principles for reducing extraneous processing in multimedia learning: Coherence, Signaling, Redundancy, Spatial Contiguity, and Temporal Contiguity principles. In R. E. Mayer (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning (pp. 279-315). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Also, I didn't use this book for my project, but Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is a really good resource, too.




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