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ERIC Number: EJ851422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Effects of Multimedia on Cognitive Load, Self-Efficacy, and Multiple Rule-Based Problem Solving
Zheng, Robert; McAlack, Matthew; Wilmes, Barbara; Kohler-Evans, Patty; Williamson, Jacquee
British Journal of Educational Technology, v40 n5 p790-803 Sep 2009
This study investigates effects of multimedia on cognitive load, self-efficacy and learners' ability to solve multiple rule-based problems. Two hundred twenty-two college students were randomly assigned to interactive and non-interactive multimedia groups. Based on Engelkamp's multimodal theory, the present study investigates the role of multimedia in multiple rule-based problem solving. The findings indicate that providing learners with manipulative function in multimedia would facilitate their problem solving through reduced cognitive load and improved self-efficacy. The study identifies a significant mediator effect for self-efficacy that mediates between multimedia and learners' problem solving. Discussion focuses on the effects of multimedia and self-efficacy on learners' performance in multiple rule-based problem solving. Suggestions are made with regard to the design of problem solving in future studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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