Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Multimedia Learning Environments: Exploring Student and Faculty Perceptions of Streaming Video.

This paper reviews the use of multimedia, specifically streaming video, as a teaching and learning vehicle for procedural knowledge. While prior, experimental research in this area has illustrated how various technology attributes can be employed to positively affect learning outcomes, we seek to provide the perceptions of both students and instructors when a multimedia environment is used to supplement or replace the teaching of procedural knowledge in the classroom. We found that creating tutorials using streaming video provided benefits to students in the form of greater satisfaction with the learning process, a greater understanding of the material, as well as a reduction in the amount of effort required to complete a homework assignment. Furthermore, from an instructor perspective , we found that while considerable up-front time investments are needed, we experienced a marked reduction in visits from students who required additional exposure to previously covered material, a decrease in prep time during subsequent semesters, and seamless portability to online learning contexts. Lastly, we explored student perceptions of perceived difficulty, perceived learning and overall satisfaction with the multimedia environment and, contrary to expectations, subjects who perceived the task to be of greater difficulty also perceived that they learned more and that the learning environment was more satisfying.