ERIC Number: ED400849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Interact No Evil?
Todd, Ross J.
This paper presents findings of an exploratory study undertaken at Marist Sisters' College in Woolwich, Sydney (Australia) to examine student use of multimedia software packages. Students (n=70) in years 7-12 were randomly selected to complete an evaluation of a popular multimedia package, "Encarta," on the following factors: ease of use, navigation, cognitive load, mapping, screen design, knowledge space complexity, information presentation, media integration, and overall functionality. Findings included: (1) 46% of students commented on the limited quantity of information; (2) 12% of students expressed difficulty managing the search process; (3) 65% of students felt that the electronic information search was easier and more efficient than a traditional print search; and (4) 11% indicated that the task was more fun, interesting and exciting than when using print sources. The major disadvantage of using electronic over print resources was identified as the lack of depth and complexity of information in the search package. Another major disadvantage, not related to the Encarta program, was computer system downtime. The study discusses the implications of these findings for essential effective information literacy instruction in electronic information environments, as well as curriculum directions for schools. (Contains 11 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Information Literacy, Information Retrieval, Multimedia Materials, Online Searching, Optical Data Disks, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia