This virtual training program is meant for junior instructional designers to introduce them to Mayer’s 12 Multimedia Principles. I was project lead for this endeavor during which I was meant to train designers for upcoming virtual courses. While many of the designers, as such, were familiar with major graphic design principles, they were not always familiar with application of these principles in multimedia learning environments. Therefore, the training focuses on instituting multimedia design for virtual learning.
Major Features of the Training
1. A storyline that involves the participant
Learners are incorporated into the narrative of the training by a designer character. Learners’ credentials are acknowledge and praised by the character, establishing rapport with the audience and building common ground with the character—who was once a graphic designer moving into I.D.
2. Low-stakes knowledge checks
At the end of the training, students participate in light but engaged knowledge checks where they match principles with their constituent attributes/definitions.
3. An interactive navigation
Because Mayer’s 12 Principles are not necessarily in any particular order, I chose to make the navigation into each principle interactive. This gives learners another opportunity to feel directly involved in their experience. Additionally, since the audience for this training was graphic designers, I chose a navigation environment similar to one with which they are likely familiar: the Adobe Photoshop workspace.