ERIC Number: EJ724787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Effect of Audio and Animation in Multimedia Instruction
Koroghlanian, Carol; Klein, James D.
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v13 n1 p23-46 2004
This study investigated the effects of audio, animation, and spatial ability in a multimedia computer program for high school biology. Participants completed a multimedia program that presented content by way of text or audio with lean text. In addition, several instructional sequences were presented either with static illustrations or animations. The study examined the effects of instructional mode (text vs. audio), illustration mode (static illustration vs. animation), and spatial ability (low vs. high) on practice and posttest achievement, attitude and time. Results indicated that spatial ability was significantly related to practice achievement and attitude. Participants with high spatial ability performed better on the practice items than those with low spatial ability. Participants with low spatial ability responded more positively than those with high spatial ability to attitude items concerning concentration, interest, and amount of invested mental effort. Findings also revealed that participants who received animation spent significantly more time on the program than those who received static illustrations. Implications for the design of multimedia are discussed. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Illustrations, Computer Software, Biology, Spatial Ability, Multimedia Instruction, Animation, Multimedia Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Biology, Science Instruction, Audiovisual Instruction, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A