What Can Interactive Multimedia Do?
Interactive Multimedia (IMM):
enables student-centered learning with a choice in the path and rate that
material is introduced
addresses several learning styles utilizing a rich variety of teaching
promotes student interaction,
experimentation, and cooperative learning
encourages team projects
Multimedia vs. Video
Trying to learn from video is like trying to drink from a fire hose. There's
simply too much information presented too fast for anyone to absorb. And
while you can certainly pause a video, you don't have a way to interact, get
reinforcement of the message or easily go back and double check information.
Classroom Lecture vs. Multimedia Instruction
Researchers examined over 200 studies that compared learning via traditional
classroom lecture to learning the same information via computer-based
multimedia instruction. The students were in K-12, higher education,
industry & the military.
Learning appeared to take less time when multimedia instruction was used.
For example, one study that recorded:
an 88% savings in learning time with computerized instruction (90
minutes) vs classroom instruction (745 minutes)
a 39% savings in learning time (135 minutes for computerized instruction vs 220 minutes for classroom instruction)
13 studies in which students using computers mostly for tutoring learned
in 71% less time than students in traditional classroom instruction
eight studies, found that computer-based instruction took about 2.25
hours/week while classroom instruction took about 3.5 hours, a 36% savings
in learning time.
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