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Building Multimedia Learning Environments with Constructivist Approaches. A critical analysis of applying constructivist theories to the creation of multimedia learning projects. Peter Rawsthorne Memorial University of Newfoundland Partial fulfillment of the requirements for ED6620 Dr. Elizabeth Murphy February 24, 2006
2 Presentation Overview Setting the context of multimedia and constructivism Defining the difference between multimedia and constructivism Critically analyzing the application of constructivist theory to multimedia learning Closing statements
3 Multimedia Multimedia consists of  ; 1.Animation 2.Audio 3.Interactivity 4.Graphics 5.Text Multimedia is becoming more pervasive  Multimedia is NOT constructivist by default, and much of it is still built using a behaviorist approach  Current multimedia principles are derived from the field of cognitive psychology 
4 Constructivism A whole range of cognitive theories which form constructivism  Student learning is accomplished best using a hands-on approach  Students work harder at learning when they feel involved with the presentation  Has had a strong influence over instructional design in the past decade 
5 90 º 130 º 60 º 35 º 0º0º 180 º beam-reach close-hauled close-reach broad-reach running the wind in irons An example of multimedia learning and constructivism. From the perspective of the audience or learner, was the multimedia learning from this animated slide constructivist? For you, as the learner it was NOT constructivist. For me, as the person who built the slide, it was constructivist. This is a multimedia ppt build slide, so please put on your headphones, CLICK once, sit back and enjoy the learning. CLICK to continue to the next slide. THE POINTS OF SAILING.
6 Student as the designer Constructivism works best when the student is the designer  Students will utilize standardized media elements (video and audio clips, text segments, etc.) to allow on-the-fly assembly of learning experiences 
7 A range of cognitive theories In Multimedia Learning (2001) Mayer proposed seven principles of multimedia design based on several research study findings, … re-organized into six key categories: integration, parsimony, narration, individual differences, personalization, and interactivity  In other words, different learning theories apply during the construction of the different multimedia elements.
8 Graphic Images and Constructivism Drawing images is a constructivist activity. –Particularly when focused within the subject of study –When it has a scaffold to have learners stay on task Learners obtain better understanding than students who create written summary or only read text  In this case when the learner correctly drew the boat they would have had to determine (through their own research and knowledge construction) the angle the sails would have in relation to a beam-reach. Further confirming that a beam- reach is 90 degrees to the wind.
9 Text and Constructivism Writing appears to enhance the retention of co- constructed knowledge over time  Students learn better when on-screen text and visual materials are physically integrated rather than separated  When the learner added the text to the graphic of the boat they constructed knowledge as they would have needed to research the words to be used, they would have reflected  upon their research and then wrote down the degree to the wind and the name of the point of sail. beam-reach 90 º
10 Audio and Constructivism Audio enhances learning when the teacher asks or answers questions using... two-way audio technologies  The use of audio streaming technologies enhance the sensory impact of information  Writing is a reflective activity. Reflection builds understanding . The writing of the script for the audio component should also be considered reflective as an understanding will have to built and scripted before the audio could be recorded.
11 90 º the wind Animation and Constructivism Make the animation an active (or interactive) process for the learner... An active environment will tend to draw viewers in and yield better attention to the information.  Animation does not insure that students will understand the explanation unless research- based principles are applied to the design.  For this animation to be directly constructivist it should be built using a Microworlds type approach where the learner creates the boats, sets the sails, and releases the wind.
12 Interaction and Constructivism Supported by the experiences of educators, constructivist theory, case studies and experimental results . Extend the record-and-playback  capabilities by adding indexing and search to internal structures enable learners to construct their own knowledge from within the multimedia environment.
13 Constructivist Multimedia Design Needs to provide multiple paths of navigation  Provide learner control over system, process and content  Promotes the creation of non-linear  learning Self directed multimedia building through Microworld  type approaches. Should include knowledge building activities such as search and indexing 
14 Summary Multimedia is NOT constructivist by default. Constructivism draws upon many sources of theories and principles. Multimedia can be constructivist if the correct pedagogical approach is used. Having the student design and build their own multimedia learning environments would be the ultimate constructivist approach.
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