What is your experience with the impact of multimedia on learning? What do you think the attributes of effective multimedia are? Do you feel that most educational multimedia is well designed to improve learning?
I really liked the movie here. I am an extremely visual learner, to the point that audio only material is nearly useless to me. (I can't process audio books for example.) This movie worked for me though because it tapped into both channels (and explained why that works... metacognition was going for me :).
I think the attributes of effective multimedia can be different for different people, but clearly tapping into dual channels and connecting to prior knowledge is very important. I think that tying the multimedia use into active processing is also important.
Unfortunately, I don't think that most educational multimedia is well designed to improve learning. (This includes my own -- but I aim to remedy that with this course!) I think a lot of multimedia is designed to add "bling" to a lesson without a lot of thought to learning except for superficial aspects of engagement.
Thanks, Steve, for putting together such great materials for us to learn from and for "walking the walk."