Applying the principles of cognitive load theory to teaching and learning resources

Welcome to this course

This course is delivered by Emma Ireland, Advanced Practitioner and Louise McIntyre, Learning Technology Team Leader at The Manchester College.

PowerPoint is a tool that we take for granted. It’s used by many teachers in most lessons, but do we know what makes for effective PowerPoint design? The multimedia (words and pictures including text, sound, video and static images) design principles will focus on PowerPoint but can also be applied to other digital and paper-based resources.

Cognitive load theory

What is cognitive load theory? Watch the video below for a short explanation.


Watch the video below and complete the activities.

Cognitive load

Watch the video about Allan Paivio’s Dual-Coding Theory and Mayer’s multimedia principles, and complete the two experiments.

Design principles: Part 1

Watch the video below and complete the task set by Louise.

The text to use for the task is below:

Ceramics: Ceramics is a popular artistic medium for expressing ideas in three-dimensional form. It is one of the world’s oldest crafts – in prehistoric times clay pots were moulded and then dried on hot sand.

Clay: Clay is the raw material used in ceramics. It is a very versatile material that can be transformed into a wide variety of shapes. When heated to high temperatures in a kiln, it hardens and permanently sets in shape. This makes it ideal for creating functional everyday items such as pots and vases as well as imaginative sculptural pieces.

Design principles: Part 2

Watch the videos below then try EdPuzzle


Watch the video and consider the suggestions for pre-training activities. Do you already use any of these activities with your students?


Watch the final video and visit the Padlet to share your ideas.

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