Examining the Design of Media-Rich Cognitive Tools as Scaffolds in a Multimedia Problem-Based Learning Environment

  • Min LiuEmail author
  • Lucas Horton
  • Paul Toprac
  • Timothy T. Yuen
Part of the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook book series (EMTY, volume 36)


This chapter examines the various cognitive tools embedded in a multimedia-enriched PBL environment for middle school science known as Alien Rescue and shares the research findings of the use of these cognitive tools in assisting young learners’ problem solving. The goal of this chapter is to illustrate strategies for designing media-rich cognitive tools to support learning.


Cognitive Load Intrinsic Motivation Alien Species External Representation Cognitive Tool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucas Horton
    • 1
  • Paul Toprac
    • 2
  • Timothy T. Yuen
    • 3
  1. 1.Instructional Technology Program, Department of Curriculum and InstructionThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  3. 3.The University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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