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Abstract Title: A New Use for Multimedia Learning in Introductory Physics
Abstract: We have recently created multimedia learning modules for use in an introductory calculus-based electricity and magnetism course.  We have designed these modules in accordance with multimedia learning principles in order to reduce the cognitive load students experience during their first interaction with new physics material.  In particular, we present the material as narrated animations under student control.  Offloading the presentation of basic content to these multimedia presentations has, in turn, allowed the lectures to focus on active learning and concept refinement. The idea behind the multimedia modules is to create visual representations that reinforce the words as they are spoken so that the student can use the information from both their auditory and visual short term memories to construct their understanding.  We will present "in vitro" and "in vivo" studies of the effectiveness of this learning environment, as well as survey data on students' attitudes toward this approach to covering basic content.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Facilitating thinking and learning in the physics classroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jose Mestre
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Department of Physics
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gary Gladding and Tim Stelzer
Department of Physics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign