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Instructional architectures and cognitive learning processes

Instructional methods can be assembled in various ways to form instructional design plans. I call these plans instructional architectures and will illustrate four major architectures that capture the range of instructional design methodologies in contemporary multimedia. What follows is a summary of the four architectures, a brief description of how humans convert new sensory data into knowledge and skills in the learning process, and a description of how the architectures and instructional methods facilitate those cognitive processes.

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