This tutorial offers a framework of guidelines for designing multimedia learning systems, concentrating on achieving pedagogic synergy between audio commentary and visual elements. The framework derives from the author’s  experience of producing and appraising multimedia packages, mainly at the UK Open University.

Thirty design principles will be illustrated with Multimedia clips, in the following categories.

Use of language; layout of the screen; relating screen text and narration; image-narration synergy; educational narrative;navigational guidance and student control; interactivity.