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Understanding, Confidence, Perceptions, Constraints, and Affordances within a Case-Based Multimedia Environment
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, , , , , Michigan State University, United States ; , , University of Wisconsin-River Falls, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

In this study, we examine the constraints, affordances, motivation and understanding that occur within a multimedia-learning environment. As part of their biology courses, fifty-seven university students from the U.S. and Africa viewed video cases about African or American individuals who were infected with HIV, and collected Internet research about HIV/AIDS. They then used a simulation to test for the presence of HIV in blood samples, created web posters synthesizing this data, and conferenced electronically either with classmates or with international students about their web posters. In spite of technical problems, U.S. students had significant pre-post gains in conceptual understanding of HIV/AIDS, but the African students did not. Results from focus group interviews suggested that cross-cultural Internet conferencing changed students' perspectives and made HIV/AIDS more relevant to their lives. Students reported that the videoclips, simulation, web posters and conferencing enhanced both their motivation and understanding.

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Foster, A., Manokore, V., Phillips, M., Lundeberg, M., Gwekwerere, Y., Bergland, M. & Klyczek, K. (2006). Understanding, Confidence, Perceptions, Constraints, and Affordances within a Case-Based Multimedia Environment. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2533-2540). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 21, 2019 from .

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