Media design standards

Goal: Enhance production of instructional media that promotes student learning.

Supports Strategic Priority 4:
Work to create accessible learning experiences according to defined standards, thus enabling inclusive teaching and learning.

When working with instructors to develop high quality courses, CITL is improving its efforts to create more effective instructional media. Our goal is to develop a new approach to the production of instructional media that reduces students' cognitive load of course content.

A new tutorial and workshop have been developed using Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and the 15 design principles as a guide. These resources are being made available for our staff to ensure they have the foundational knowledge on designing multimedia content that is consistent with evidenced-based practices on how students learn.

The purpose of the workshop is to converse and compile ideas on how to incorporate Mayer’s cognitive theory and principles into our workflow for designing and developing multimedia content for inclusion in courses. The emphasis is on our work processes and procedures.

Through guided facilitation and peer-to-peer interaction, staff will examine scenarios that commonly occur when developing or redeveloping multimedia for inclusion in fully online courses. This will include reflecting on their own role and the role of others involved in the process.

The tutorial and workshop are currently under peer review.  Roll-out will happen over the coming weeks, in time for fall 2023 course developments. Resources will be made available on CITL’s website once completed.