How Multimedia Helps The Learning Process

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Originally posted by Syscortech and can be found here.

 

Multimedia – the use of multiple content forms such as images, audio and video in a single piece of content – offers a rich and immersive learning experience for both children and adult learners. Using multimedia presentations and application enables students to engage with their subject matter, and helps teachers or lecturers to break down complex concepts into memorable chunks.

 

Visualisation

 

 

One of the most important aspects of multimedia as a visual aid is that it enables students to visualize the concepts being discussed, rather than simply reading about them. Although regular print learning materials can of course have images to aid visualization, multimedia offers a far wider range of methods to help students picture objects or concepts in their minds.

 

One of the most obvious examples of this phenomenon is video. Still images can never show an object’s motion, or how it relates to other objects in the world around it. Multimedia, on the other hand, allows for instructional videos that immediately demonstrate an object’s motion as well as appearance.

 

Interactive elements can also be used as a visualization aid. By encouraging students to take a quiz or play a game in order to reveal information about a subject, multimedia applications can increase the memorability of educational content.

 

Community

 

 

Multimedia applications can also be used to foster a sense of community among distance-learning students. By interacting with each other through games and shared audiovisual experiences, students can feel like part of a group even if they are physically separate.

 

Distance learning presents its own challenges in that it requires the multimedia presentations or software to be delivered to all members of the group before the learning process can commence. For smaller, web-based applications, this process usually takes place online. However, larger applications may require students to install software from a DVD. In this instance, a learning organization might need to use DVD duplication to produce multiple identical copies of the DVD source material. Duplication involves taking a master copy of a disc and replicating it many times, ensuring that everyone in the group has the software they need.

 

Accessibility

 

 

Multimedia can also help to make learning content more accessible for people who are visually impaired or otherwise have difficulty consuming printed information. For example, text-to-speech applications can be used to read textual content aloud.

 

In addition, some multimedia applications offer a degree of interface personalization, allowing user to change on-screen colors or layout. While this can be a fun way to engage any user in the application’s content, it can be particularly useful for visually impaired people as it allows them to maximize the contrast and size of text, making it easier to read at a distance.

 

Multimedia input devices can also be a useful accessibility aid. For example, learners with limited dexterity might struggle to type answers or text on a keyboard. These learners might well benefit from a headset and dictation software, allowing them to enter text without having to use a keyboard for input.

 

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