iPods as Mobile Multimedia Learning Environments

iPods as Mobile Multimedia Learning Environments

Peter E. Doolittle (Virginia Tech, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-503-2.ch308

Abstract

In recent years, educators across the globe have begun to employ portable, digital media players, especially iPods, as educational platforms. Unfortunately, while the iPod grows in favor as a mobile multimedia learning environment, relatively little is empirically known about its educational impact. This chapter explores the use of the iPod as an educational platform and reports on a study designed to examine individual differences in iPod use as a mobile multimedia learning environment. This exploration into applied and basic research involving the iPod reveals that iPods are being used across a variety of content areas, educational levels and geographic locations, involving a variety of pedagogies. However, very little research has been conducted to establish the efficacy of the iPod for fostering learning. To address this need, the authors conducted a study that examined the effects of working memory capacity (WMC) on learning within an iPod-based mobile multimedia learning environment.
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Ipod Research

Over the past several years, research addressing the use of the iPod as a mobile multimedia learning environment has included both applied research, which is designed to solve problems, produce products, or fulfill a specific need; and, basic research, which is designed to expand the current knowledge base regarding learning in iPod-based mobile multimedia learning environments. There is, however, a disparity between the depth of applied and basic research, with there being much more applied research than basic research.

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