Fabian Albers: The effect of different types of redundancy on learning @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., Room 802

02/04/2020 11:30 am – 02/04/2020 12:30 pm The effect of different types of redundancy on learning

Fabian Albers, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

This presentation will present findings from a study that challenged the traditional view that redundancy is generally harmful for learning. After a reviewing different approaches to redundancy related to Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory, we introduce a definition of this construct that distinguishes content-based redundancy and modality-based redundancy. We experimentally compared the effects of these two types of redundancy on multimedia learning using a 2×2 factorial within-subject design with 46 college aged participants. Results show that for modality redundancy, learners rated the task as more difficult and performed worse on learning measures. In comparison, for content redundancy, perceived task difficulty was lower and learners scored higher on learning measures. The results are indication that content redundancy may be useful for learning, whereas modality redundancy is not.

Fabian Albers is an undergraduate student at the Ruhr-University Bochum, majoring in pedagogics and English. He is a research assistant at the Department of Research on Learning and Instruction directed by Joachim Wirth, working with doctoral candidate Melanie Trypke on the topic of redundancy with special interest towards cognitive load theory and multimedia learning.