April 20, 2011

Module #5 DQ #4 Give a couple examples in which multimedia (any combination of video, audio, graphics) would help the learning process. Give a couple examples in which you would NOT want to use multimedia .

Posted in Module #5, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:04 am by marylan2

DQ #4  Give a couple examples in which multimedia (any combination of video, audio, graphics) would help the learning process. Give a couple examples in which you would NOT want to use multimedia .

  1. One example of how multimedia (video/audio) would help in the learning process would be to assist with training.  I am one of those learners that need to see something and then I can do it, in other words, I am a visual learner.  Secondly, I can understand how to do something from a written list.  But, if someone were to orally tell me how to do a task, I have difficulty.  In other words, video assists with multisensory teaching/learning styles.
  2. Another example of how multimedia would help in the learning process would be to assist with foreign language courses.  Using a tool, such as Audacity, allows students to hear foreign words and then record their own speech for evaluation by the instructor.  I was talking with a Medical Assistant instructor and she wants to make her medical terminology course a hybrid course.  Part of her course requirement is for students to prove they can appropriately pronounce medical terms.  I suggested that we provide instructions on how to download and install Audacity on the students’ computers so they can record their speech and submit the .mp3 file to the instructor in Moodle through an assignment.

 

  1. One example of why I would not use multimedia is if most of the target audience (the students) will have a known slow bandwidth issue and don’t have any other alternative to viewing the multimedia.  Here on my campus, online students are welcome to come to campus and use the technology facilities if they have difficulties using the technology off campus.  What if a student is from a region that does not have decent bandwidth to allow access to the multimedia suggested?
    1. There could be hardware issues that students would expect the instructor to assist them but the instructor doesn’t have the technical skills to do so.  If the instructor can’t use the technology easily, (s)he shouldn’t expect their students to use it.
    2. If the technology is difficult, you would have to get your students convinced, get them to buy-in to using the technology.  How is it going to benefit them in reaching the course goals?
    3. If the technology is difficult to work with, there would have to be a method to provide support to the students.  It would seem difficult for many schools to provide this.  At one time, we subscribed to a service that provided 24/7 support to students but only had one or two calls per semester.  It was found that it was not feasible for us to provide the service.  I always wondered, where did the students go for support?
  2. Another example of why I would not use multimedia in the learning process is if it interferes with the learning process.  How could multimedia interfere with the learning process?  If it is only a distraction and does not serve the purpose of the course.  It is just there to entertain but not to educate.
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