The Role of Interactive and Synchronized Multimedia Content in E-Learning
Dongsong Zhang (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) and Lina Zhou (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: © 2005
Multimedia-based e-learning systems have become increasingly available. Many of them, however, do not provide sufficient interactivity to learners. E-learners have little control over learning content and process to meet their individual needs. Therefore, the challenges include how to integrate instructional material in different media, and how to provide flexible process control in an e-learning environment to enable personalized knowledge construction and improve learning effectiveness. We propose an e-learning system with interactive multimedia that can help learners better understand learning content and achieve comparable learning performance to that of classroom learning. The results from an empirical study provide significant evidence to support our proposition. The chapter also discusses several important issues towards building effective and sharable multimedia-based e-learning systems.