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ERIC Number: EJ1133594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Selecting Media for Effective Learning in Online and Blended Courses: A Review Study
Amaka, Ifewulu Henrietta; Goeman, Katie
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v26 n1 p29-59 Jan 2017
As the number of online and blended learning courses offered by higher education institutions increase, a predominant issue for instructors is their design. This study focuses on the selection of appropriate media to support online and blended learning (OBL) activities. To this end, we mapped and synthesized in two consecutive systematic review studies the effectiveness of particular media formats on students' learning outcomes. Eleven empirical studies with a quasi-experimental research design and thirteen studies with randomized allocation to treatment conditions were selected for a detailed analysis. The cumulative findings indicate that ten particular media attributes are of paramount importance for effective learning in OBL courses: interactivity, navigability, (a)synchronicity, flexibility, media richness, ease of use, individualization, mobility, proximity and responsiveness. Furthermore, while the study affirms the theoretical underpinnings regarding multimedia learning and media richness, it exposed that further scrutiny in the field of media selection for application in natural settings of OBL is necessary. Future directions for research are proposed. The outcomes may be useful to OBL instructors and instructional designers in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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