On March 27, 2013 Barbara Fenesi from McMaster University held a multimedia design workshop showing how multimedia instruction can help increase student engagement and learning.
Barbara received her undergraduate degree and MSc from McMaster and is currently in the second year of a PhD program at McMaster. Barbara’s research comes out of the Applied Cognition in Education Lab ,which is aimed at using cognitive principles of memory and attention and applying them to educational settings to optimize both the teaching and learning experience. She is co-supervised by Dr. Joe Kim (lead instructor of the first year IntroPsych program) and Dr. David Shore (head of the Multisensory Perception Lab). Her main focus is on investigating ways to optimize multimedia instruction. To holistically address this research objective, Barbara has overlapping interests in the field of cognition and perception (involving eye-tracking and working memory capacity manipulations) as well as neuro-education (investigating whether there are neural markers that indicate effective instructional interventions).