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Multimedia learning methods and affective, behavioural and cognitive engagement: a universal approach to dyslexia?

journal contribution
posted on 21.01.2021, 09:24 by David RobertsDavid Roberts
The number of students reporting dyslexia in HE institutions is increasing year on year, mirroring institutional inclusivity agendas. This article investigates the potential for a universal (but not sole) approach to teaching dyslexic learners across disciplines, institutions and academic content. The article discusses a largely-unexplored nexus between commonlycompromised working memory in many dyslexic learners, on the one hand; and, on the other, the scientifically-validated capacity of multimedia learning (MML) methods to ease pressure on working memory by exploiting visual processing capacity. It advances this literature in two areas. First, MML’s focus on cognitive engagement neglects the affective and behavioural dimensions of engagement. Second, MML methods have not coherently been tested coherently with dyslexic learners. A speculative hypothesis therefore asks how the use of MML methods might affect each dimension of engagement for dyslexic learners. A replicable mixed methods longitudinal randomize control group trial was devised, with the subjects being dyslexic learners in nine disciplines at a UK university. The resulting data confirms that MML enhances engagement across each dimension to varying degrees, and that the key increases were not in the domain of cognitive engagement. Further, it shows that dyslexic learners’ engagement across the spectrum is greater when exposed to multimedia methods than monomedia.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Further and Higher Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© UCU

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Further and Higher Education on 25 Feb 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2021.1879746

Acceptance date

18/01/2021

Publication date

2021-02-25

ISSN

0309-877X

eISSN

1469-9486

Language

en

Depositor

Dr David Roberts. Deposit date: 19 January 2021