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ERIC Number: EJ926550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 130
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
A Cognitive Multimedia Environment and Its Importance: A Conceptual Model for Effective E-Learning and Development
Phan, Huy P.
International Journal on E-Learning, v10 n2 p199-221 Apr 2011
Multimedia learning is innovative and has revolutionised the way we learn online. It is important to create a multimedia learning environment that stimulates active participation and effective learning. The significance of multimedia learning extends to include the cultivation of professional and personal experiences that reflect the reality of a traditional face-to-face classroom milieu. The difficulties from e-learning often relate to the absence of human-liked presence and characteristics (Woo, 2009), leading to a need for research investigation into this area. A number of strategies have been used to foster effective learning and to create a social learning environment that reflects humanistic characters. The purpose of this article is in twofold: (i) to examine the cognitive theory of multimedia learning (Mayer, 2001, 2002) and its relevance to multimedia presentations, and (ii) to discuss the strategies of visualisation (e.g., static and dynamic visual representations) and their relationship to multimedia learning, and the applicability and importance of multimedia learning to the enhancement of effective learning. Drawing from the evidence examined, we provide a conceptualised framework that accentuates the integration of the cognitive load theory and the theory of multimedia learning in e-learning. We discuss, for example, the use of animated pedagogical agents (APAs) to help establish a social learning environment that is conducive to learning and the promotion of critical thinking. Finally, we raise a number of issues for continuing research development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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