This is a paper for a graduate class that addresses specific questions requested by the instructor which revolve around the topic of the coherence principle. The paper examines research-based studies supporting the coherence principle as well as my own reflective experiences. The paper concludes that the coherence principle is a sound philosophy to follow for most educators but may be problematic in creating a sterile learning environment. The list of questions that needed to be addressed within this paper can be found in appendix A.
Keywords: coherence principle, multimedia, design theory, e-learning, modality, redundancy, PowerPoint lectures
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