Many “old school” instructional designers are addicted to narration. Why is that? These are smart individuals I’m thinking of; there must be a reason for their obsession…
I can only conclude that their fixation is based on an old presentation truism, which states:
The more of a learner’s senses you can engage, the deeper the information is ingrained into working and long-term memory.
Well, it turns out, this isn’t universally true. Explaining graphics with audio and redundant text can sometimes actually hurt learning. Recent research has begun to reveal the circumstances under which it is best to use certain a combination of graphics, narration and text, and when it is inappropriate.
See my synopsis of some of that research HERE, entitled:
Don’t Narrate Text (When Graphics are Included)
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