Using presentation tools such as MS PowerPoint is common in our work. According to a BBC report and various sources:

  • There are more than 500 million users of PowerPoint worldwide.
  • There are more than 30 million presentations created every day.
  • Over 6 million teachers around the world use PowerPoint for classroom lectures.
  • More than 120 million people are using PowerPoint to create business and educational presentations worldwide.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint has estimated 95% share of presentation software market.


We go through PowerPoint training and most of the time learn the technical features of creating a presentation. Most presentation designs are cluttered, unorganized and end up boring and not engaging. On the other hand, some slides are overly fancy and can be distracting and limit the effectiveness of the presentation.

The workshop is based on Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and serves to enhance a multimedia presentation by tweaking the slides information to be in line with the brain’s cognitive processing of incoming visual and audio. By applying the theory’s ten multimedia principles, you will be able to design and present multimedia presentations that are in tuned with the brain’s cognitive processing of incoming visual and audio information.

The workshop focuses on overcoming the Copy & Paste Phenomenon, a widespread habit among most MS PowerPoint presenters. One should realize that presentation format as compared to a reading format copied and pasted from various sources are not the same in its effectiveness in delivering information. Failure to adapt the reading materials into cognitively tune multimedia format will adversely impact the delivery of the presentation.


While most MS PowerPoint training is on the technical skills of using the software, this workshop offers training on designing effective multimedia presentation slides based on Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning which has a scientific base.

The training introduces easy to follow and proven multimedia design principles that one can learn and apply in creating engaging multimedia presentation slides in MS PowerPoint.

It will benefit the participant in that he or she will learn to create slides that are cognitively tuned to increase audience engagement and guide the participant to produce presentations that are engaging, easy to understand and ultimately assist greatly in delivering a successful presentation.


The purpose of the workshop is to help participants:

  1. Understand Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning.
  2. Apply the theory’s ten multimedia principles for effective multimedia presentation.
  3. Create persuasive and engaging multimedia presentation with MS PowerPoint.


At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

Describe Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning
Recognize the value and ways of using the theory in presentation design
Interpret the theory and its ten principles in multimedia learning
Apply the ten principles of multimedia learning in MS PowerPoint presentation
Analyze MS PowerPoint-based presentation and identify weaknesses by focusing on presentation design
Design better MS PowerPoint-based slides based on sound theories and proven principles in multimedia learning
  • Business Managers and Executives
  • Sales and Marketing Executives
  • Business Development Executives
  • Trainers
  • Teachers
  • Lecturers
  • University Students

Note: Places limited to the first 25 participants only.

  • Basic MS PowerPoint 2013 skills
  • Equipment: Laptop installed with MS PowerPoint 2013


This training will be held as a two (2) day-course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Topics that will be covered are as follows:

A. Fundamental theories on how the brain learns.

  • Dual Coding Theory (Paivio)
  • Cognitive Load Theory (Sweller)
  • Generative Learning Theory (Wittrock)

B. How cognitive processes work in short term memory:

  • Extraneous processing
  • Essential processing
  • Generative processing

C. Model of Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning.

A. Prevention of information overloading

  • Apply multimedia principles to reduce extraneous processing

B. Focusing on essential information

  • How do you guide the audience to remember important points?

C. Aiming to nurture understanding

  • Fostering generative thinking and information processing

A. Putting it all together, where the rubber meets the road

  • Review the principles of multimedia presentation
  • Group activity to enhance understanding

B. Take control of multimedia features in PowerPoint

  • Enhance PowerPoint slide design
  • Walkthrough animation feature
  • Multimedia tips and tricks with PowerPoint

C. Hands on practice

  • Analyse and redesign your PowerPoint presentation
  • Critical review and feedback of multimedia presentation

Dr Gerard Boey is currently the Head of Department for the American Degree Program at HELP University. He has over 24 years of combined work experience in Engineering, ICT, and Education. His current passion is in the field of ICT-Pedagogy Integration for education. He has developed various training programmes for teaching and learning, conduct talks, and workshops. On many occasions, he has trained school teachers, lecturers, postgraduate students and adult learners on the Science of Multimedia Presentation based on Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning to improve their multimedia presentation skills using MS Powerpoint.

  • 26th and 27th May 2017
  • 23rd and 24th June 2017


Participants will be provided with:

Notes and presentation slides.
A Certificate of Attendance

PROGRAMME FEES (Pricing per Participant)

The programme fees = RM 500 per person (inclusive of two tea-breaks and lunch)


HELP Residence, Level 20

Taman Sa, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Complete and send the

registration form to 603- 2711 2972


Mail the completed registration form to,
Department of American Degree Program, HELP UNIVERSITY, 6th Floor, Wisma HELP,
Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur


Person-in-charge: Mr. Francis Ooi

Telephone: 603-2711 2000 (Ext : 2929)