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Multimedia Enhanced Educational Products as a Tool to Promote Critical Thinking in Adult Students Article

, Nova Southeastern University, United States

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The promise of multimedia as a tool for enhancing learning
is indeed intoxicating. The prospect of actively engaging
learners through multiple communication channels is, intu-itively,
very compelling as a means of facilitating learning
for a larger percentage of our students. This enthusiasm
must, however, be tempered by two sobering facts: there is
little scientific evidence in support of the value of multime-dia
as an enhancement to a learning environment; the cost of
multimedia production is so very great that, should it not
prove effective, our educational system could be seriously
This article describes a controlled experimental study that ex-amined
the difference in one very specific aspect of learn-ing—
development of critical thinking skills—that can be af-fected
for adult students when presented with an educational
product that features animation and interactivity. The results
of this experiment do in fact lend support to the value of
multimedia-enhanced educational products as a method of
facilitating greater depth of learning.


Ellis, T.J. (2001). Multimedia Enhanced Educational Products as a Tool to Promote Critical Thinking in Adult Students. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 10(2), 107-124. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 22, 2018 from .


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