Embedding Multimedia as an Interactivity Tool in the Online Environment

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Steven Brownson

Educational Consultant
InnovativeOD

Virtual classrooms have issues with low interactivity and high attrition rates. A detached online learning environment with a text-based format and lower attention-getting devices leads to high dropout rates. 21st century learners require higher levels of dual encoding (text and multimedia) to keep them engaged in the learning process. Embedding multimedia in the classroom improves learner retention and course completion rates because multimedia provides for a higher level of interactivity at three levels: student-student, student-teacher, and student-content.

In this session, you will see how Voki, PowToon, and similar multimedia applications enlivened the learning environment for Psychology 202 students at Ashford University. You’ll learn both the theory and practice on how easy it is to add multimedia to your lectures, announcements, and emails in the virtual classroom, and how much of a difference multimedia makes when forming a dynamic classroom for 21st century learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to energize your virtual classroom with multimedia embedded in the content
  • How to form five different types of multimedia as teaching and learning tools
  • How to create dynamic announcements, lectures, and guidances using multimedia
  • How to increase the retention and completion rates for online learning courses
  • How to apply research-proven practices with multimedia in the virtual classroom to motivate 21st century learners

Audience:
Intermediate designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, and other instructors who have a basic knowledge of multimedia and online learning environments.

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