Emotional Design for Learning

Designers of learning environments go to great lengths to identify learning outcomes, but usually the focus is entirely on cognitive outcomes – what will learners know at the completion of their interaction with the environment? However, Bloom’s taxonomy of learning outcomes also include affective outcomes. But not only outcomes are of interest – the process of learning is getting increased attention by researchers and practitioners alike, and emotional aspects learning from media is becoming a topic of interest.

Suggested reading about this topic

Plass, J.L. & Kaplan, U. (2015). Emotional Design in Digital Media for Learning. In S. Tettegah & M. Gartmeier, Emotions, Technology, Design, and Learning (pp. 131–162). New York: Elsevier.

Um, E., Plass, J. L., Hayward, E. O., & Homer, B. D. (2011). Emotional Design in Multimedia Learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104(2), 485–498. doi:10.1037/a0026609

Plass, J.L., Heidig, S., Hayward, E.O., Homer, B.D., & Um, E.J. (2014). Emotional Design in Multimedia Learning: Effects of Shape and Color on Affect and Learning. Learning and Instruction, 29, 128–140. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.02.006

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