By the time your learner has done all of these steps, the narration and any accompanying on-screen animation have moved on.
It’s much simpler and easier just to label the graphic. Mayer’s contiguity principle shouldn’t only be applied to explanatory graphics.
Anytime you’re putting text on the screen, you should try to put it as close to the Associated graphics and narration as makes sense. It reduces the amount of time your learners spend moving their eyes back and forth across the screen, trying to make sense of the content.
Finally, it also applies to quizzes and tests.
Keep the instructions, questions, the learner’s answer, and the feedback all on the same page. All too often, we find quizzes where the feedback and correct answers are on the last page after the learner has completed the test.
By that point, it’s harder for the learner to associate the feedback with the question in any meaningful way. Instead of distracting graphics and text, using the contiguity principle in your next module can help you improve knowledge retention and learner engagement.
It should also help you avoid creating any of your own weirdly spaced slides and the awkward looks from your own learners.