ERIC Number: ED453243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
A Framework for Researching Sound's Use in Multimedia Instruction To Enhance Learning.
Bishop, Mary Jean; Cates, Ward Mitchell
Recent technological advances now make possible the full integration of sound in instructional software. Sounds may gain and focus learner attention, reduce distracting stimuli, and make learning more engaging. In addition, they may help learners condense, elaborate upon, and organize details, highlighting interconnections among new pieces of information and making connections to pre-existing knowledge. Thus, sound may hold great promise for moderating acquisition, processing, and retrieval "noise" in instructional software. Unfortunately, interface and instructional design guides almost completely ignore sound, and research suggests many promising instructional uses remain largely unexplored. This paper: (1) describes current practice; (2) explores information-processing and communication theoretical foundations for sound's systematic use; and (3) proposes a framework for sound's use in instructional software. (Contains 1 figure and 228 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).