Connections Seminar "Gestures and animation to improve online learning"

Presented by Dr Nadine Marcus (Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction)

Connections Seminar "Gestures and animation to improve online learning"

There is a current trend towards online learning.  But we don’t yet fully understand when and how it is best to present information in this environment.  This research is guided by Cognitive Load Theory and uses empirical research methodology to inform us of the best ways to present information online.  There is a focus on understanding how knowledge levels of the learners, type of instructional content and different instructional formats interact to impact on student learning.  The research focuses on how we can tap into our innate ability to learn by observing with the use of instructional animations.  We also look at when and how gestures can facilitate learning, guided by embodied cognition perspectives.

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Dr Nadine Marcus is a Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction within the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW (
She has a cross-disciplinary background:  BSc in Computer Science & Psychology (Wits), BSc Honours in Experimental Psychology (UCT), and PhD in Education (UNSW). Her research focuses on the design of multimedia educational technology that improves learning.  The research involves both the collection of empirical data, so results can inform multimedia theories of instructional design; as well as the creation of an eLearning software platform, known as the Adaptive eLearning Platform (AeLP).  The AeLP has been commercialised via Smartsparrow and is used by tens of 1000s of students, in the form of online tutorials and laboratories, across UNSW and many other Universities in Australia and abroad.  She also researches real-time behavioural measures of mental load that can be used to inform Interface Design, and has done some cognitive modelling research. 

7th Jun 2016, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Room 1025, Level 10, UNSW Library (entrance near the IT Service Centre)

Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff



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