Virtual Seminar - Theories of learning that inform the development of educational media resources

Presented by Professor Richard Mayer, University of California, Santa Barbara and Emeritus Professor John Sweller, UNSW

Virtual Seminar - Theories of learning that inform the development of educational media resources

This virtual connections seminar will be investigating the work of two eminent scholars in the area of cognition and how it relates to learning through multimedia.

Richard E. Mayer is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has served since 1975. His research interests are in applying the science of learning to education, with current projects on multimedia learning, computer-supported learning, and computer games for learning. His research is at the intersection of cognition, instruction, and technology, with a focus on how to help people learn in ways so they can transfer what they have learned to new situations. His latest publication is available here .

Professor John Sweller is an Australian educational psychologist who is best known for formulating an influential theory of cognitive load. He has authored over 160 academic publications, mainly reporting research on cognitive factors in instructional design, with specific emphasis on the instructional implications of working memory limitations and their consequences for instructional procedures. A recent publication relevant to the seminar is: Sweller, J. (2015). In academe, what is learned and how is it learned? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 190-194. It can be found here.

This virtual seminar will be presented face to face and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters through a facilitator. Alternatively, the seminar can be viewed synchronously at this address. Viewers will be able to use the hashtag #mediaucreate to ask questions through Twitter and a facilitator will moderate.

This event will be screened at LTU in Room 1025 (Lib. Level 10) and at various locations around the Kensington Campus and at UNSW Canberra.

To register, please contact:

Divya Jacob ( - Learning and Teaching Unit
Elizabeth Rosser ( – UNSW Global Education
Lila Azouz ( - Faculty of Medicine
Margaret Connor ( - Student Life and Learning
Fiona Honeyman ( - UNSW Canberra

30th Oct 2015, 10:00am to 11:00am

Various locations

Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff



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