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Multimedia & Interactive Learning

Expectations & Background — EDCI 337

During this course, I am excited at the opportunity to expand my previous knowledge with platforms like WordPress, and learn more about how to navigate Microsoft teams to further advance my learning. The heavy technology factor does scare me just a little. I wouldn’t consider myself the most tech-savvy person, but I am ready to dive in and give it my best shot! I hope by the end of this course I become more comfortable with multiple platforms, so that one day I can use the platforms and share my knowledge with my future students to help enhance their own learning. I cannot wait to learn and grow with my fellow peers, and work with/alongside my learning pod throughout this course!

Last year I took my first technology focused course at the University of Victoria, Technology Innovation in Education (EDCI 336.) That course really opened my eyes to the possibilities of multimedia education, not just for university students, but different ways to bring it into a primary setting as well. During the course, we had weeks focused on specific platforms and/or themes for us to work through as a class. I loved learning with all my peers, and being able to share our experiences through our WordPress blogs that we created. Prior to taking that course, it was challenging and a bit overwhelming to see how one could bring technology into a primary classroom effectively. That course was so impactful for me, because it pushed me out of my comfort zone with technology, while also giving me resources and a wealth of knowledge and information to take forward with me in my future teaching career. 

The Difference Between Technology-Centered & Learner-Centered Approaches

When it comes to multimedia learning, there are two general approaches one would take, either Technology-Centered, or Learner-Centered. Technology-Centered approach focuses more on the use of technology in terms of accessing information, while a Learner-Centered approach is using multimedia as more of an aid to learning, not the focal point. Both of these approaches are focusing on how the learner can take in information and do it in the best way possible, a multimedia way of learning. Below is a graph that helps breakdown and depicts the different approaches.

Retrieved from Introduction to Multimedia Learning.

Thoughts & Facts — Multimedia Learning

The basic principle of multimedia learning is the idea that students are more engaged in their learning when it includes multiple means of getting that information. The theory itself isn’t as recent as one would think with technology taking off in the last 50 years. It actually dates back to the early 1600s. I believe that with technology being so prevalent in everyones day to day life, there is no fighting a multimedia way of teaching. This is due to the fact that learning happens constantly when one interacts with the world around them. I can’t wait to experience more multimedia learning myself throughout this course!

References:

5 Examples of Interactive Teaching Styles: Resilient Educator. (2018, April 6). Retrieved from https://resilienteducator.com/classroom-resources/5-interactive-teaching-styles-2/

Mayer, R. E. (n.d.). Introduction to Multimedia Learning. The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning, 1–24. doi: 10.1017/cbo9781139547369.002

The Hidden Importance of Teaching With Stories. (2016, March 21). Retrieved from http://ajjuliani.com/hidden-importance-teaching-stories/ 

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