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Multimedia Learning Research

The use of multimedia technologies is now common place in education. Computers, LCD projectors, "Smart Boards," Web sites, etc. are used by most teachers to share information and engage students in the learning process. Unfortunately, while teachers have access to an increasing array of technologies, they do not have access to empirically based knowledge regarding how to use technologies to enhance student learning. The underling premise of most educators is that when targeted information is shared via multimedia technologies, students learn more because the information is more visually salient and interesting. As such, educators use of multimedia technologies is intuitively driven by what can be done, by what seems interesting, and/or innovative, rather than what has been empirically proven to enhance learning.

A rich array of research exists concerning how and why multimedia instruction enhances learning of students who are hearing (see the "Literature" section of this Wiki site). Unfortunately, only a small number of investigations (Lang & Steely, 2003; Dowalby & Lang, 1999) have been carried out in relation to the impact of multimedia enhanced learning of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh). As a result, a need exists to systematically explore the degree to which the factors, or principles, that enhance the multimedia learning of students who are hearing, also apply to students who are d/hh. In response to this need, Malinda Eccarius and Harold Johnson established this interactive Web site.

The purpose of this Web site is to provide an effective and efficient context via which:
  • existing research can be shared;
  • needed reserach can proposed; and
  • a community of learners can be established to collaboratively investigate how the use of multimedia instruction can serve to enhance the learning of students who are d/hh

You are invited to join this community. As a member of the community, you are asked to:
  1. add your contact information to the "Participants" list;
  2. review, and if possible, add to the list of multimedia literature; and
  3. read, respond and participate in a discussion of "Question #1"
(Note: if you are unfamiliar re. how to "edit" a Wiki page, you are asked to review an online tutorial)

The larger the community, the more we share the existent literature base, and the more we design, fund, and carryout a series of systematic investigations, the more we will be able to assist educators in their efforts to enhance the learning opportunities of students who are d/hh.