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LOM_LSE_LP: Segmentation Principle

Information presented in text is necessarily linear because of the constraints of language. When multimedia materials are designed, it is possible to present information simultaneously in multiple modes—auditory, motor, visual, being the most common. The general principle of introducing new concepts in manageable segments becomes even more critical when there are multiple sensory systems involved. 
  • Implications
    • Plan the order and amount of new information that is to be presented in discrete units so as not to overwhelm new learners with too much new information at once. 
  • References
    • Mayer, R. E., & Moreno, R. (2003). Nine ways to reduce cognitive load in multimedia learning. Educational Psychologist, 38, 43-52.