Earlier this year, Guy Wallace and Mirjam supported the L&D Conference organised by Matt Richter and Will Thalheimer by producing 9 short video interviews with L&D Giants. We asked the following 3 key questions:

Today we present:

Richard E. Mayer is an American educational psychologist who has made significant contributions to theories of cognition and learning, especially as they relate to problem-solving and the design of educational multimedia.

Mayer’s best-known contribution to the field of educational psychology is a multimedia learning theory, which posits that optimal learning occurs when visual and verbal materials are presented together simultaneously. He is the year 2000 recipient of the E. L. Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology, and the winner of the 2008 Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award from the American Psychological Association.

He was ranked #1 as the most productive educational psychologist in the world from 1997–2001. He is the author of more than 390 publications including 23 books on education and multimedia. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan (1973) and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Indiana University from 1973–1975. Mayer is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he has served since 1975.


  1. George Hall says:

    The interview with Richard Mayer was thought-provoking and among the very best in this series so far:

    1-* What do you think of the current state of the L&D profession?
    Experts most familiar with current state of the L&D profession are both excited by and optimistic for the for the future of the L&D profession. The profession’s growth has been fueled by the embrace of an evidence-based approach to the design of multi-media, remote instruction.

    2-* What past research hasn’t been put into practice well enough? What recent research should be put into practice as soon as possible?
    While there will always be a lag between research and application, it is particularly important, now, for those in this role to filter out extraneous insights and focus on what techniques work best in practice. Unfortunately, too many instruction designs still contain a lot of extraneous bells and whistles, which don’t support but distract from the instructional goal.

    3-* What continuing myths in the field of L&D are most damaging and why?
    The notion that we need new rules for maximizing the value of new technologies, such as providing learning in a virtual reality environment, is incorrect. On the contrary, for the last two decades, experts have identified common, basic principles applicable to any learning medium, whether text or virtual reality. In other words, it’s not the instructional medium that’s really causing learning but the instructional method.

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