EDIT 720

Psychology of Instructional Technology

Welcome to EDIT 720

Dear EDIT 720 Students,

This is a 16-week, fully online course (15 modules). This course introduces major theories and principles of human learning and development to the design of educational technology products and systems. This course is for students who want to explore cognitive science related to the design and development of multimedia. Participants in this course will apply cognitive science framework for multimedia production and develop an understanding of research regarding multimedia learning and cognitive science.

To facilitate the communication outside of the class, Moodle is used for homework submission, quizzes, and online communication. Also, your Coastal E-mail will be used for any other correspondence outside Moodle. It is your responsibility to check your account frequently for course announcements. Besides, do not send the instructor E-mail questions unless they are personal or confidential in nature; instead, please post your questions to the General Discussion forum on Moodle so the entire class can benefit from the answers. This is especially helpful for technical troubleshooting.


  • Read online text, assigned textbook chapters, and online articles
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter
  • Complete assignments/assessments prior to deadline


This course has a modular structure. Each module is individually assessed, but successive modules build on previous information. The course pedagogy is based on collaborative learning and group participation. Discussion questions will form a basis for discussion. To facilitate the communication, Moodle is used for homework submission and online communication. Please be advised that it is your responsibility to login to your online course frequently for course announcements.


This is an intensive course requiring approximately 5 – 6 hours for each module. The time commitment will vary depending on the individual’s Adobe Photoshop skills, needs, and personal study habits. Participants are required to log onto the course a minimum of three times a week.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to The Science of Learning and Multimedia Learning
  2. Foundation and Assumptions of Cognitive Science
  3. Human Cognitive Architecture (I)
  4. Human Cognitive Architecture (II)
  5. Meaningful Learning, Schema Theory, Situated Cognition
  6. Cognitive Load Theory
  7. Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, Integrated Model of Picture & Text Comprehension
  8. Individual Learner Characteristics and Expertise Reversal
  9. Reducing extraneous processing in Multimedia learning
  10. Interactivity in Multimedia learning
  11. Motivation, Self-Regulation, and Emotion
  12. Learning from Visual Representations
  13. Learning from The Web
  14. Evaluation of Educational Software/Tools/Website
  15. Wrap-Up and Conclusion

Again, welcome to EDIT 720. Happy surfing and learning!

Dr. Corey Lee