The impact of multiple representations of content using multimedia on learning outcomes

Birch, Dawn and Sankey, Michael and Gardiner, Michael ORCID: (2010) The impact of multiple representations of content using multimedia on learning outcomes. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 7 (4). pp. 3-19. ISSN 1550-6908

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Innovative educational technologies provide valuable opportunities for educators to design an enhanced, interactive, more inclusive and engaging curriculum. Key pedagogical motivations for utilising educational technologies include the desire to improve learning performance and engagement. Educational technology and access to multimedia have provided opportunities to present multiple representations of key content areas using multimedia (text-based, video, aural, interactive elements) to cater more effectively to different learning styles and model preferences. This paper presents the findings of an experiment to measure the impact of multiple representations of content on learning outcomes including learning performance and engagement. While, in this study, multiple representations of content did not lead to actual improvements in learning performance, students reported favourably on multimodal learning elements and perceived that they had assisted comprehension and retention of the material. Implications for educators, limitations of the experimental methodology and directions for future research are presented.

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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 01:45
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Uncontrolled Keywords: multiple representations; multimodal; multimedia; educational technology; interactive; learning styles; modal preferences; learning outcomes; learning performance; engagement
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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