Multiple representations in multimedia and e-learning materials: an issue of literacy

Sankey, Michael and Nooriafshar, Mehryar (2005) Multiple representations in multimedia and e-learning materials: an issue of literacy. In: Enhancing learning and teaching: pedagogy, technology and language. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Australia, pp. 149-172. ISBN 187668285X


The trend towards using multimedia in e-learning environments as the preferred basis for teaching (particularly when teaching at a distance) has increased dramatically, particularly over the last few years.
This paper will report on a current research project being conducted at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), involving the development of a multimedia version of an existing print based course.
Specifically, it will analyse relevant instructional design (ID) issues and reflect on the concepts involved in catering for a multiliterate clientele and how the use of multiple representations may enhance the learning opportunities of students, primarily post-secondary learners.
Firstly it will investigate the role that learning styles play in the learning process and what should be considered when preparing instructional material, looking closely at the importance of visualisation in the representation of concepts and the current understandings of what it means to be literate in a culture saturated with visual elements.
It will be seen that our understanding of these basic concepts will play an important role in our ID approach to teaching and learning, particularly when using visual and/or multiple representations in the multimedia and e-learning environments.
Secondly, it will investigate the cognitive constraints experienced by learners when information is displayed in multiple ways in such an environment and whether it will be beneficial to learner cognition to provide users with a level of interactive choice.
Finally a set of instructional design recommendations will be made as to an appropriate format and potential way forward for the delivery of multimedia and e-learning instructional materials.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre (1 Jan 2009 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre (1 Jan 2009 - )
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiple representations; multimedia; e-learning; instructional design (ID); learning styles
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190205 Interactive Media
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360504 Interactive media
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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