Student in today’s undergraduate level classrooms often display widely varying characteristics that extremely affect learning outcome. Although student characteristics have been widely studied in the more traditional teaching and learning environments, educators have just begun exploring the applications in interactive multimedia and its associated technological techniques. This article first describes some pedagogical characteristics that could affect students in their learning and than discuss some student learning styles.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Cognitive: The mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.
Pedagogy: Literally means the art and science of educating children that embodies instructor-focused education.
Learning Styles: A composite of the cognitive, affective, and physiological factors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how a learner perceives, interacts with, and responds to the learning environment. Included in this definition are perceptual modalities, information processing styles, and personality patterns.
Multimedia: Is media that uses multiple forms of information content and information processing (e.g., text, audio, graphics, animation, and interactivity) to inform or entertain the (user) audience.